Beverley AC Men Finish First at Welton Dale

Welton Dale was the venue for the penultimate race in the 2010 / 2011 season of the East Yorkshire Cross-Country League.  With valuable team points at stake it was vital for clubs to field a strong team.

Scarborough and City of have been leading the league but it was Athletic Club’s men’s team which finished first at Welton.

Having led his team home in all five races so far, it was a big bonus for to lead them to victory at Welton.  Chadwick has made a big impression in his first season with the club, concentrating on cross-country and running very consistently.  Roger Tomlin, , , Jim McGivern and Stuart Little made up the rest of the team.  They were all delighted with their win but with such strong adversaries as Scarborough and City of still lie third overall in the league.

With one race to go ’s men’s team is 100 points behind league leaders Scarborough and only 25 points behind City of .  They have a fair chance of overtaking City of but Scarborough seem unassailable.

In the ladies’ competition Scarborough’s Louise Brown was the first to finish.  She had a fantastic run and finished in fifth place overall in 34.39, only a few seconds behind .

was the first lady to finish.  She has made a big impact in her first cross-country season and will start next season’s league with increased confidence gained from experience this year.  and , both very experienced cross-country athletes, made up the ladies’ team.

Beverley ladies finished in second place behind City of mirroring their positions in the league overall.  After 5 races Beverley ladies are 42 points behind City of and only 24 points ahead of Scarborough so the last race will see all three teams battling for the ladies’ trophy.

New members Rachel Woolner and Justine Anderson competed in their first cross-country race for Beverley and after their baptism of mud at Welton they are looking forward to drier conditions in the next race.

There were 127 finishers and the race was won by of Scarborough AC in 31.51.  The first lady to finish was Scarborough’s Louise Brown in 34.39.

The final race in the league takes place at Sewerby on Sunday 6 March.

finishing times

34.15; Roger Tomlin 35.02; 35.24; 36.18; Jim McGivern 37.37; Stuart Little 38.40; 39.19; 40.36; Alan Flint 41.04; 41.43; 42.35; 42.39; 44.13; 44.35; 45.11; Graham Pittaway 45.33; 45.52; 46.24; 47.25; 48.09; Francesca Giuntini 48.13; 48.21; 48.50; Kate Ladell 49.02; 49.50; Adrian Holland 50.44; Rachel Woolner 50.48; 51.37; 52.02; Colin Sleight 52.44; Justine Anderson 54.01; Chris Hemingway 55.10; 55.44; 58.40; 63.27

Photos by Dave Gowans and Mike Atkins

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