Tomlin First Back For Beverley At Bishop Wilton

The first race of the 2011/2012 season of the took place last Sunday at Bishop Wilton and more than 150 athletes from eight local running clubs lined up at the start.

Athletic Club fielded a large squad of 33, among them several new members competing in the league for the first time.  Mark Walsh, Mariana Barbera, , , and Chris Woolner all recorded encouraging times on the challenging six-mile course.

The race was won by Peter Gulc of Road Runners but the first team to finish was .  The men were led home by Roger Tomlin in 40:28 and in fifth place overall.  He was followed closely by Nick Riggs in sixth place in 40:42 and in 40:53 in eighth place.  Jim McGivern, Aubrey Morrell and formed the rest of the team.  They all finished in the top twenty in 42:08, 42:17 and 43:22 respectively.

This is the first time that that the men’s team has come first in a race in the league since February 2008 at Welton.  Two members of that victorious team also ran at Bishop Wilton on Sunday – Jim McGivern and Aubrey Morrell.

With several runners competing in autumn marathons there were some notable absentees from the squad at Bishop Wilton. They did not want to risk injury on the challenging hilly course.  If can field its best men in the same race they will pose a formidable challenge for the other teams.

Ten ladies took part in the race.  The first of them to cross the finishing line was in 51:25 and in seventh place overall.  Kate Ladell followed in 53:23 in tenth place.  was the third counter for the team and Beverley ladies finished in fifth position.

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, one of Beverley’s best female athletes, was not available due to marathon commitments but she will be back to add experience and depth to the ladies’ team at the next race  which will take place at Drewton Woods near South Cave at 11.00 on Sunday 13 November.

Peter Gulc of Road Runners won the race at Bishop Wilton in 38:04.  The first lady to finish was Charlotte Edge of Scarborough AC in 46:52.

finishing times:
Roger Tomlin 40:28; Nick Riggs 40:42; 40:53; Jim McGivern 42:08; Aubrey Morrell 42:17; 43:22; 44:08; Mark Walsh 45:13; Kristian Davis 45:44; David Millson 46:58; 48:11; 50:04; 51:25; Kate Ladell 53:23; Adrian Holland 54:28; Bill Grieve 54:45; 56:11; 56:45; Justine Anderson 57:37; Mariana Barbera 57:52; Alex Guymer 58:42; 58:55; Mark Oglesby 59:46; Rachel Woolner 60:42; Richard Crabtree 61:17; Colin Sleight 61:26; 61:29; 61:34; 61:41; Chris Woolner 63:15; 66:25; 70:35; 72:13.

Report by Kay Farrow | Photos by and



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