Beverley AC Ladies Claim First Place at Thixendale

With many events in December cancelled due to the weather, athletes from local running clubs were pleased to get back to normal by taking part in the third race in the East Yorkshire Cross-Country League last Sunday.

Over a hundred runners braved the icy road conditions to get to Thixendale and run the challenging course which started with a steep snow covered hill.

There was an excellent turn out by ladies who were rewarded with first place in the team competition.  , Claire Bracken and made up the team, finishing in third, fourth and sixth place respectively.

Although she has run for for over ten years it was Donald’s first cross-country race for the club.  With snow and ice making footpaths and roads treacherous from the end of November she was forced to train off-road.  To her surprise she really enjoyed the experience and decided test herself in the East Yorkshire Cross-Country League.

She found the course and conditions tough at Thixendale and although her confidence grew as the race progressed she was still very hesitant on the steep downhills and lost ground to more experienced cross-country runners.  Donald acknowledged the encouragement she received from clubmate Claire Bracken near the end as they battled for positions over the stiles before the last downhill to the finish.

The men’s team also had a successful trip to the country, finishing in second place.  As in the previous two races, it was who lead the club home, finishing in third place overall in 40.51.  , , , and made up the rest of the team.

There were 108 finishers and the race was won by Ben Mukherjee of Scarborough AC in 40.20.  The first lady to finish was Mel Bailey of City of Hull in 49.05.

After three races ladies have moved up to second place in the league and the men now lie third.

finishing times:

40.51; 42.26; 43.52; 44.54; 45.31; 46.20; 46.48; 47.48; 48.36; 49.59; 53.45; 53.51; 54.55; 55.48; 55.58; 56.31; 57.43; 57.57; 59.30; 59.50; 60.16; 62.06; 64.20; 64.28; 64.39; 65.19; 67.9; 68.58; 69.13; 69.45; 80.36.

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