James Pearson First Home For Beverley At Thixendale

It was a bright, cold and frosty morning last Sunday for the fourth race in the . The ground underfoot was very hard and when the ice began to thaw it became very slippery. Courage was needed to descend the steep valley side to the finish in the village of Thixendale. A number of runners slipped and fell but there were no serious injuries.

was first to finish for and seventh overall in 44:07. He was followed closely in eighth place by Matt Chadwick making a welcome return to the team after taking a six week break from running after the birth of his daughter. He was pleased with his comeback race and thought the hard frosty ground suited the faster runners. Although he was overtaken by clubmate Ross Flood and City of Hull’s Pete Baker on the mid-section along the Wolds Way he passed them both on the steep downhill leading to the finish, beating Baker by two seconds. Flood followed in tenth place and the rest of the team scoring points for was made up of , Jim McGivern and Steve Ostler.

Eliott Haker showed promise in his first appearance in a vest and added depth to the men’s squad. He was 39th overall and the ninth runner to finish.

For the second race in succession ’s Carla Stansfield was the first lady to finish. She completed the course in 43:27 two minutes ahead of her nearest rival, in 22nd place overall and was the sixth runner to cross the line. and completed the team. They all finished in the top twelve ladies.

Other notable achievements included 1st M65, Jackie Hardman 1st L55 and 1st L65.

’s men’s and ladies’ teams both finished in second place at Thixendale behind City of Hull, mirroring their standing in the league overall. Many runners are training for marathons in or in Hull in April and for various reasons do not include the cross-country league in their programme. City of Hull are making a determined effort to win the men’s and ladies’ cross-country titles and are actively encouraging their members to turn out. At Thixendale they fielded a very strong men’s team with six of them finishing in the top ten while managed only three. ’s Matt Chadwick conceded: “It was a valiant effort but we were beaten by a much stronger team. We also had a few notable absentees from the previous races which hampered our chances in closing the overall gap.”

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Beverley seem secure in second place in the men’s league and can only mount a serious challenge to City of Hull if they field their strongest team.

The ladies’ competition is more open with , and Scarborough not too far behind Beverley. A lot depends on the runners that turn out for the remaining two races at Welton and Sewerby.

There were 179 finishers at Thixendale and the race was won by Stuart Carmichael of City of Hull in 36:57. The first lady was Beverley’s Carla Stansfield in 43:27.

finishing times:
40:07; Matt Chadwick 40:44; Ross Flood 41:07; 41:54; Jim McGivern 43:25; Carla Stansfield 43:27; Steve Ostler 43:35; Mark Walsh 44:42; 44:52; Elliot Haker 45:22; 46:09; 46:36; 46:48; Gareth Jackson 46:50; Andy Tate 47:15; 47:20; Alan Flint 48:21; 49:24; Graeme Pittaway 49:30; 50:43; 52.04; Kate Ladell 52:31; Jayne Dale 53:54; 55:03; Adrian Holland 55:35; 56:58; 57:18; 61:04; Richard Crabtree 61:27; Jackie Hardman 61:48; Colin Sleight 62:59; Mark Oglesby 63:01; 67:09; 68:28; Elaine Julian 71:26; 71:34.

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