Stansfield Wins Convincingly For Beverley At Langdale End

Carla Stansfield

Athletic Club’s athletes put in an excellent performance at last Sunday’s East Yorkshire Cross Country series race, with members coming first in both the men’s and women’s races.

This was the third race in the 2013/2014 series, at , on the North York Moors near . The race is organised by AC. Run over five and a half miles, this tough race begins by following a very muddy streamside track, before crossing a stream and climbing steeply to its highest point. This is followed by a gradual descent, and a final steeply downhill run to the finish line. In contrast to the icy conditions experienced at last year’s race, this year the weather was warm, although the course was still very wet. 22 athletes completed the race, which included a total field of 131 runners.

’s convincingly won her third series race in a row in a time of 41:40, over 4 minutes ahead of second place Hester Butterworth of AC. Stansfield was 13th place overall in the race. She led the women’s team of three to second place overall in the team race, improving greatly on their fifth place at the previous race at Drewton Woods. The other two counters were Emma Greensmith and who finished in 50:36 and 53:05 respectively, and were 10th and 14th female runners to cross the line.

Also of , Aubrey Morrell won the men’s race in 39:21, beating Bobby ( AC) by around 20 seconds. The men’s team of six came third out of the eight clubs represented at the race. Second for , and in ninth place overall, was in 41:04. He was joined by Luke Davison (44:00), Phillip Reese (44:03), Darren Edge (44:06) and (45:32). AC won both the men’s and women’s team events at .

The fourth race in the six-race series will be at Sledmere, on Sunday 12th January.

finishing times: Aubrey Morrell 39:21; 41:04; 41:40; Luke Davison 44:00; Phillip Reese 44:03; Darren Edge 44:06; 45:32; 46:23; 47:05; 47:58; 49:05; 49:18; Steve Willietts 50:01; 50:34; Emma Greensmith 50:36; Mark Oglesby 52:32; 53:05; Simon Pick 54:03; Adrian Holland 55:55; 56:19; Christine Hemmingway 68:50; 75:25

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