Beverley’s Men Finish Second in Cross Country Championship

The final race of the 2010 / 2011 East Yorkshire Cross-Country League took place at Sewerby on Sunday.

With only a few points separating the top 3 clubs, Athletic Club, City of and Scarborough, in both the men’s and ladies’ team competitions, there was a lot at stake.

Despite some notable absentees there was a good turnout from Athletic Club and the men managed to overtake City of to finish second in the league behind Scarborough.  In the ladies competition City of retained their lead and finished in first place with in second place and Scarborough third.

has had a brilliant first season with and was the first runner to finish in all races.  Despite a slight thigh strain which caused him to miss the inter-counties cross-country championships last Saturday he finished in fifth place at Sewerby.  Roger Tomlin, , , and made up the team.

At the awards ceremony after the race Chadwick received the prize for fourth place overall in the league.  won the V65 award and several athletes were awarded medals for second place in their age category: V40, V55 and V60.

Beverley ladies performed well at Sewerby and claimed fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth positions.  , Clare Bracken and were the counters in the team competition with new mum making a comeback and finishing in eighth place.

Four Beverley ladies completed all six races in the series.  Clare Bracken was awarded a medal for third place in the league.  finished in fourth place and won the award for second L35.  had competed in the 25 mile Rudolph’s Romp challenge event the previous day and despite feeling tired was determined to complete the final race of the cross-country league.  She was rewarded with first prize in the L60 category.  It was ’s first cross-country series and she was awarded a medal for second place in the L55 category.

It was a busy weekend for who had competed in the inter-county cross-country championships the previous day in Birmingham.  “Two races in one weekend was testing,” she admitted, “but missing Sewerby was not an option as I knew I had to be there to help secure the ladies’ team placing.”  A recent convert to cross-country, Donald ran the last four races in the league and always finished among the top eight ladies.  She has gained valuable experience this year and is already looking forward to competing again next year.

The race at Sewerby was won by of Scarborough AC in 31.14.  The first lady was Louise Brown also of Scarborough in 34.28.

Pictures by Mike Atkins, Roy Tomlin and Reported by

finishing times:
34.03; Roger Tomlin 35.23; 36.34; 36.40; 37.42; 38.20; 39.10; 39.39; 40.07; Paul Clarke 40.36; 40.58; 41.30; 42.38; Clare Bracken 43.40; 43.55; 44.10; 45.42; 46.43; Adrian Holland 46.59; Kate Ladell 47.09; 47.15; Justine Anderson 48.28; 50.13; 50.22; Colin Sleight 50.24; 56.18; Elaine Julian 58.53; Victoria Evins 58.53.

After the presentation of prizes in the East Yorkshire XC League, Beverley AC recognised the achievements of members in a wider range of cross-country races in the 2010 / 2011 season with the award of individual trophies and medals.  As well as earning points from league races, runners were awarded bonus points for taking part in the county, northern and national championships.

Amongst the men, was a clear winner and was proud to receive the trophy as the new men’s champion.  was runner-up.  Clare Bracken is the new ladies’ champion and Kate Ladell was runner-up.

Medals were also awarded to veterans as follows:


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