The fourth race in the East Yorkshire Cross-Country League took place last Sunday, a month later than planned. Langdale End near Scarborough was inaccessible due to snow in December but last weekend was much milder and runners were bogged down by mud rather than snow.
There was an excellent turn out by members of Beverley Athletic Club and some notable performances on the challenging hilly course on the edge of the Dalby Forest.
Clare Bracken led the Beverley ladies home in an excellent time of 52.07. She was the seventh lady to finish behind a very strong field which included several ladies from the host club, Scarborough. Julie Donald and Sam Allen made up the ladies’ team which finished in second place behind Scarborough. New member Kate Ladell performed well and Carrie Smith continues to move up the field as her fitness improves after the birth of her son last May.
Beverley’s men’s team also finished second at Langdale End behind Scarborough. As in all races in the league so far, Matt Chadwick was the first Beverley runner to finish. He was fourth overall in 40.03. Like Clare Bracken he prefers cross-country to road running and excels at this discipline.
Junior club graduate Phil Burn made his debut in the league and turned in a fine performance to finish in 44.25 scoring valuable points for the men’s team.
New member Jim Gallacher only joined the club last week but ran his first race at Langdale End.
After four races Beverley’s men are still third overall in the league behind Scarborough and City of Hull while the ladies’ team lies in second place behind City of Hull.
There were 118 finishers and the race was won by Danny Schofield of Scarborough AC in 36.40. The first lady to finish was Louise Brown, also of Scarborough, in 41.26 and in ninth place overall.
Beverley Athletic Club finishing times:
Matt Chadwick 40.03; Roger Tomlin 41.20; Andy Johnson 43.12; David Millson 44.24; Phil Burn 44.25; Neil Bant 44.31; Jim McGivern 44.37; Stuart Little 46.34; Ian Husband 46.35; Steve Evins 46.39; Steve Williets 48.54; Pete Watkinson 49.22; Andy Tate 49.34; Alan Flint 51.02; Clare Bracken 52.07; Julie Donald 54.25; Sam Allen 54.34; Kate Ladell 55.39; Carrie Smith 55.53; Brian Richardson 55.56; Bill Grieve 56.19; Jayne Dale 57.09; Pete Myers 59.32; Helen Storr 60.20; Amanda Ritchie 61.24; Jim Gallacher 64.16; Jo Dewar 66.39; Pam Atkins 66.49; Chris
Hemmingway 67.12; Colin Sleight 67.47; Jacqui Dickinson 69.58; John Boardley 71.50.
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