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Great Yarmouth Half & Run Norwich

The Great Yarmouth Half Marathon took place last Sunday with eight members of Waveney Valley Athletic Club joining more than 300 runners at the race headquarters Ormiston Venture Academy in Gorleston.
Weather conditions were ideal for the participants as they headed south on a route that included the village of Lound and through the grounds of Somerleyton Hall, before returning to the Academy. Waveney’s Lee Cook was aiming to achieve a championship time for entry into the London Marathon and clubmate Matt Jeffries assisted with his pace. However, Lee fell just short of his target, finishing in a time of 1-18.53 in fourth place with Matt recording the same time for fifth. Both runners were presented with half marathon awards for top three placings in the Norfolk County Championships.
Leon Bernasconi finished 21st in 1-27.32 and also received a county top three award in his age category. Lowestoft Scores Race organiser Tim Earl finished 33rd in 1-29.31 and Steve Carruthers was 62nd in 1-36.27. Bill Kingaby was 92nd in 1-41.32 and was the trophy winner for first in the Mens 65-69 age category. Sarah Etherton-Nicoll, in her debut half marathon, finished 284th in 2-27.19 and Beth Bell 287th in 2-28.03.
The previous weekend, a near record club turnout of 40 members took to the streets of Norwich for the second staging of the Run Norwich 10k. Just under 5,000 runners completed this highly popular event. WVAC results: Liam Nudd 40:45 (PB), Matt Baldry 43:07, Bob Milner 43:44, Andy Ayers 43:47 (PB), Leon Neeve 44:02, Colin Galer 44:16, Dan Critoph 50:36, Jenni Hoye 50:39, Alan Richardson 50:42, Mark Smith 53:09, Paul Peek 53:19, Jon Andrews 53:40, Sarah Norman 53:59, Louise Adamson 56:44, Camilla Darling 56:44, Kate Holtzer 56:59, Tris Holtzer 57:00, James Gooch 57:16 (PB), Lee Roth 57:41, Alan Varle 58:24, Claire Evans 1.00:12, Cheryl Goymer 1.01:37, Dave Catchpole 1.01:58, Michaela Gooch 1.02:11, Emma Hollidge 1.02:15, Demelza Hammond 1.02:20, Karen Hamilton 1.02:31, Gavin Hamilton 1.02:55 (PB), Natalie Brown 1.03:19, Sarah Etherton-Nicoll 1.06:18, Amy Bourton 1.06:22, Angelene Ayers 1.07:49, Emma Branch 1.07:52, Lisa Cone 1.08:36, Graham Jackson 1.08:40, Jacqui Perring 1.10:09, Jessica Steer 1.10:25, Amanda Scarff 1.11:07, Laura Head 1.11:51, Donna Milner 1.15:51.

Bungay 10K Race 3, Fort William & Worstead

Sixteen Waveney Valley A.C. members took part in the third and final race in this years Bungay Summer 10k series on a very warm, breezy mid-week evening. Peter Rogers was first to finish for Waveney, in 12th place in 39:59. Lloyd Scriven finished 18th in 40:50 and Billy Underdown, who has had a busy summer of races, was 28th in 43:22.
Bob Milner finished 37th in 44:22, Bill Kingaby 49th in 46:16 and Alan Richardson 73rd in 50:03, again winning the trophy for first in his M70+ age category. Remaining club results: 91 Rebecca Harris 52:16, 101 Louise Harrod 55:03, 103 Tina Winney 56:03, 131 Beth Bell 59:59, 132 James Gooch 1.00:04, 135 Jayne Richardson 1.00:40, 142 Demelza Hammond 1.02:49, 143 Lisa Cone 1.02:51, 149 Emma Branch 1.03:33, 168 Donna Milner 1.13:12.

On Sunday, Mark Smith competed in the Fort William Marathon, the sixth of ten marathons he is taking part in this year in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. The tough race is set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands in the shadow of Ben Nevis and just under 400 competitors completed the race. Torrential rain gave the 26.2 miles an added difficulty. Mark finished the race in 262nd place in a time of 4.56:15.

On Friday July 28, the Worstead 5-mile event took place, which is part of the Worstead weekend festival. The race was number eight (of ten) in this years Leathes Prior Norfolk Grand Prix series. There were well over 400 runners taking part with two from Waveney Valley. Mike Quantrill finished 118th in 35:19 and Stuart Smith, who rarely misses this annual event, in 312th in 44:15.

5k parkrun PB’s for July:- Matt Baldry 20:19, Tim Moore 20:04, Andy Ayers 20:44, Daniel Critoph 22:53, Tina Winney 26:47, Angelene Ayers 30:29, Christopher Hulme 35:21, Callum Dootson 33:28, Laura Oliver 33:30, James Drake 19:16, Lee Roth 25:50, Charlie Mudd 26:11, Nicola Verrechia 27:50, Finlay Drake 29:13, Kirsty Howe 30:31, Daren Coulter 22:31, Paul Herons 41:01, Mike Illingsworth 21:54, Dave Catchpole 29:05, George Browne 20:08.

Ekiden, Wroxham 5k, Lord Mayors, South Downs Ultra & New Forest 10

Waveney Valley Athletic Club took six teams, consisting of six runners per team, to the Ekiden relay event last Sunday. Staged at Woodbridge School on a very hot day and organised very efficiently by Ipswich Jaffa R.C., the event was a sell-out with 200 teams competing.
The event has its origins in Japan and the marathon distance of 26.2 miles is covered by six runners in relay legs. It is one of the most popular on the regional fixture list with all of the competing clubs gazebo’s providing a colourful display.
Last year, Waveney’s mixed team were victors in their category, setting a record time in the process but this time they were pipped to first place by just over two minutes by Ipswich Jaffa who set a new best time of 2.37:26 to Waveney’s 2.39:34. WVAC times: Chris Pimlott Leg 1 (7.2k) 27:49, Harriet Lyman Leg 2 (5k) 21:17, Karim Ouaddane Leg 3 (10k) 39:03, Dylan Neeve Leg 4 (5k) 19:03, Matt Jeffries Leg 5 (10k) 33:27, Samantha Lines Leg 6 (5k) 18:57.
A category victory also eluded Waveney’s over 60’s team who lost out to Woodbridge Shufflers by a even smaller margin of 33 seconds after more than three and a half hours of running. Waveney’s time was 3.36:59 compared to the winners’ 3.36:26. The six overall team placings for Waveney were 7th, 39th, 114th, 120th, 156th and 169th.

At the Wroxham 5k series race 3 on July 5, Sam Lines finished 2nd lady and 2nd in the Norfolk County 5k championships. She was placed 39th overall in a personal best 17:48. Jon Andrews finished 374th in 24:07. Three members took part in the Lord Mayors 5k in Norwich on July 8. Matt Jeffries was 11th in 15:53, Chris Pimlott 70th in 18:08 and Liam Nudd 113th in 19:10.
Lisa Knights travelled to the South Downs in Sussex to compete in ‘ The Race to the King’, an ultra distance event that covered a distance of 53.5 miles. She completed the hilly – or in Lisa’s words ‘ mountainous ‘ – race in a time of 11 hours 37 minutes 54 seconds. Also competing for Waveney in the race was David Joyce. On July 9, David and Angela Mower took part in the New Forest 10 mile event and crossed the finish line in times of 1.28:38 and 2.11:03 respectively.

Humpty Dumpty, Bungay 10K & Parkruns

Members of Waveney Valley Athletic Club were active recently in two of the regions 10k road races. On Sunday, in very warm, sunny and breezy conditions, 20 of the club’s athletes competed in the Humpty Dumpty event, one of the race sponsors being the nearby brewery of the same name.
The event took place at Freethorpe, near Acle and included a steep hill at about halfway as the runners went through Reedham to head back to the race HQ at Freethorpe. With the northerly breeze against them at this point, the second part of the race proved very tough.
First to finish for Waveney was Liam Nudd in 43rd in a personal best 41:36, then Steve Carruthers 62nd in 42:10, Billy Underdown 67th in 42:52, Wayne Freeman 93rd in 44:30 and Andy Ayers 110th in a personal best 44:56. Bill Kingaby was the club’s trophy winner of the day with 1st place in his age category. He was 131st overall in 45:49. Other results:- 136 Mike Quantrill 45:57, 153 Jason Browne 46:26, 171 Becky Langford 47:37, 221 Mark Smith 50:31, 303 Louise Harrod 54:22, 351 Lee Roth 55:41, 372 Emily Skelly 57:02, 374th John Skelly 57:03. 411 Jenni Skelly 59:40, 428 Demelza Hammond 60:23, 464 Caroline Clamp 63:53, 485 Lisa Joyce 66:25, 488 Angelene Ayers 66:30, 507 Claire Green 68:59, 527 Camilla Darling 72:30.
A few evenings earlier, 15 members took part in the Bungay 10k series race 2. Lloyd Scriven finished 10th from a field of 169 runners in 39:53. Billy Underdown was 22nd with a pb 42:39 then Bill Kingaby 38th in 45:13. Bob Milner was 39th in 45:14, Steve Gibbs 67th in 49:05 and Daniel Critoph 71st in 49:51. Alan Richardson was 73rd in 50:01 and was awarded the first place trophy in the 70+ age category. Louise Harrod was 94th in 53:47 then 108th Stuart Smith 56:05 and Beth Bell 109th in 56:38, a personal best for Beth by almost four minutes.
Phil Hazell has just returned to the road race scene after around 15 years. In recent years he has been assisting his wife Paula in her role as Cross Country Co-ordinator but has also now made a welcome return to competition. He finished 117th in 57:49. Lisa Cone was 133rd in 60:03 (PB) with 135th Amy Bourton, 60:10, 140th Emma Branch 61:52 and 159th Donna Milner in 70:25 (PB).
Parkrun PB’s for June :- Antony Croucher 21:04, Daren Coulter 22:39, Daniel Critoph 23:29, Michael Illingsworth 21:50, Emily Skelly 26:06, Owen Hughes 32:08, Jan Piggott 41:55, Tina Winney 27:04, Caroline Clamp 29:47, Nicola Verrechia 30:00, Callum Dootson 34:00, Laura Oliver 34:30, Thomas Spurgeon 21:50. On June 24, Matt Jeffries set a new Lowestoft parkrun course record with a time of 15:57.

Alex Moore, Fram 5, Mike Groves, Bungay 10K & Wroxham 5K

A magnificent mixed relay team triumph, a county age category champion, age cat. victories and personal best times were all part of a successful last couple of weeks competition for Waveney Valley A.C.’s senior athletes.
At the Alex Moore relay event, organised by Norfolk Gazelles R.C in very hot conditions, three club members formed a mixed ladies and mens team with the aim to contest that category but ended up beating all of the other 76 teams entered in the event. Samantha Lines ran the first leg of 2.2miles in 13:04 then handed over to Chris Pimlott who ran a time of 27:12 for his 4.4m leg. Matt Jeffries then pulled the team into the lead with a speedy 23:22 for his 4.4m leg. All three then ran together for the final 2.2m leg, which they completed in 13:17 for an overall victorious time of 1.16:49, more than three minutes faster than the second placed team Dereham Runners A.C.
On a humid evening last Friday, two members took part in a 400 strong field in the Framlingham 5 mile race, which incorporated the county championships. Bill Kingaby finished 149th overall in 36:11 and 2nd in the M65+ age category but first eligible Suffolk runner, so was awarded the county 5 mile road race title in his category. Alan Richardson was 220th in 39:34 just three days short of his 70th birthday. He will be a formidable competitor in the 70+ age group in forthcoming races.
At the Mike Groves Coltishall 10k on June 4, David and Angela Mower scored a notable double success by finishing first in their respective age groups. David was 58th, 1st M60 in 44:44 and Angela 282nd, 1st F60 in 1.08:20. Billy Underdown ran a personal best 42:48 in 39th place and Camilla Darling was 181st in 54:28, also a pb.
A dozen members took part in the first race of this summer’s Bungay 10k series. The two Billy’s led the team home with Billy Underdown finishing 27th in 43:49 and Bill Kingaby 39th in 45:26. Next was Becky Langford in 60th in 47:20, more than 2 minutes faster than her previous best 10k. Bob Milner was 61st in 47:29 then 68th Steve Gibbs 48:07, 110 Louise Harrod 53:45, 133 Phil Hazell 58:32, 137 Michaela Gooch 59:02, 157 Emma Branch 1.00:51 (pb), 158 Lisa Cone 1.00:53 (pb), 172 Sarah James 1.06:56 (pb) and 176 Mandy Roberts 1.08:39.
At the Wroxham 5k series (Race 2) on June 14, Sam Lines set another personal best time of 18:10, finishing 51st from more than 600 runners. Wayne Freeman was 200th in 21:01, Bill Kingaby 242nd in 21:49 and Jon Andrews 357th in 24:08.

Yarmouth 5 mile Race 3 plus lots more.

Waveney Valley Athletic Club member Mark Smith has reached the halfway point of his challenge to complete ten marathons this year in aid of Prostate Cancer UK and recorded an excellent personal best, just one week after completing his fourth marathon this year. Number five was the Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll event and he crossed the finish line in a time of 3.44:47.
Also taking part in the race was Lisa Wilson, competing in her first marathon. Lisa, who joined the club around two years ago, has been an inspiration to those taking up running for the first time. She has progressed from the beginners sessions to now completing a full marathon in a time of 5.20:45.
Another club member who took up running less than two years ago and has shown great improvement is Matt Baldry. At the Vitality London 10k he recorded 42:47, a personal best by more than a minute. His time was almost 14 minutes faster than his first 10k in 2015 and was his fifth pb in a row, all at different distances.
Demelza Hammond travelled to Scotland to compete in the Edinburgh Half Marathon and finished in a time of 2.10:21 and club chairman Alan Fairs finished 67th from a field of 182 competitors at the Maverick Surrey 10m race. The event was mainly off-road and he recorded a time of 1.40:48.
At the third and final race in the Great Yarmouth 5 mile promenade series, Waveney Valley had 31 members competing, their highest for the series. Eight members recorded personal bests – Jon Comyn 32:21, Billy Underdown 33:35, Mike Quantrill 34:22, Wayne Freeman 34:30, Daniel Critoph 38:27, Emily Skelly 43:42, Grainne Purvis 45:18 and Emma Branch 46:26. Harriet Lyman again won the Junior Ladies first place trophy in a time of 33:22.
Full Results:- 45 Chris Pimlott 30;42, 85 Jon Comyn 32:21, 99 Tim Earl 33:03, 105 Harriet Lyman 33:22, 112 Billy Underdown 33:35, 127 Mike Quantrill 34:22, 130 Wayne Freeman 34:30, 173 Bill Kingaby 35:47, 203 Bob Milner 36:57, 218 Susannah Close 37:28, 220 Alan Fairs 37:51, 233 Daniel Critoph 38:27, 244 Steve Gibbs 38:43, 247 Alan Richardson 39:09, 268 Simon Stevens 39:35, 293 Jon Andrews 40:44, 297 Joe Mayne 40:46, 336 Jay Butcher 42:53, 354 Emily Skelly 43:42, 367 Vicky Wood 44:48, 375 Grainne Purvis 45:18, 378 Jayne Richardson 45:42, 389 Lyn Ottawah 45:54, 396 Emma Branch 46:26, 402 Amy Bourton 46:41, 413 Tina Winney 47:48, 414 Paul Peek 48:09, 415 Sarah Phillips 48:11, 432 Sarah Etherton-Nicoll 50:30, 440 Angelene Ayers 51:12, 441 Kirsty Howe 51:26, 451 Donna Milner 53:38.
5k parkrun personal bests for May:- Dylan Neeve 17:55, Billy Underdown 20:39, Daren Coulter 23:11, Emma Branch 28:36, Mandy Roberts 30:56, Teresa Kelly 37:15, Louise Harrod 25:40. Charlie Mudd 26:20, Daniel Harris 18:48 and Kylie Rafferty 24:04.

Great Yarmouth 5 mile, Wroxham 5k & Windermere Marathon

There was another bumper turn-out from Waveney Valley Athletic Club at race two of the Great Yarmouth 5-mile promenade series. Thirty members competed with several recording personal bests, despite the windy conditions. 367 runners completed the race with Dylan Neeve, in his first 5-mile race for Waveney, the first to finish for the club in 19th place in a time of 29:57. There were pb’s recorded by Daniel Harris 31:56, Billy Underdown 33:45, Matt Baldry 34:06, Daniel Critoph 39:19, Louise Harrod 42:36, Jayne Richardson 44:44, Emma Branch 47:41 and Kirsty Howe 49:20. Many otherswere competing in a 5-mile event for the first time, stepping up from 5k parkruns.
Sam Lines was a trophy winner at race one of this years Wroxham 5k series. She finished 67th overall from a field of 594 competitors, and 3rd lady, in a personal best time of 18:32.
On Sunday, Mark Smith successfully completed his 4th marathon in his ‘ challenge of 10 ‘ for this year in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. He took on one of the toughest in the UK, the Asics Brathay Windermere event and recorded a time of 4-44.25.

Great Yarmouth 5 Miles, MK Marathon, Breckland 10K & Dereham 10

The hectic spring schedule of road races has kept members of Waveney Valley Athletic Club very busy in recent weeks. At race 1 of the Great Yarmouth 5-mile prom series, 23 members were in action with at least a dozen running personal best times. For many it was also their first races beyond the 5k parkrun distance.
WVAC results: 31 Tim Earl 31:16, 48 Liam Nudd 32:36, 52 Jon Comyn 32:45 (pb), 64 Billy Underdown 34:11 (pb), 78 Andy Ayers 34:12, 84 Peter Andrews 34:59 (pb), 88 David Mower 35:16 (pb), 116 BillKingaby 36:20, 138 Rebecca Langford 37:32 (pb), 150 Alan Richardson 38:25 (pb), 160 Steve Gibbs 38:40, 179 Jon Andrews 39:20, 184 Daniel Critoph 39:34 (pb), 197 Joe Mayne 40:16, 223 Stuart Smith 42:45 (pb), 230 Louise Harrod 43:26 (pb), 259 Jayne Richardson 45:34 (pb), 289 Tina Winney 47:42(pb), 292 Emma Branch 48:10, 293 Gavin Hamilton 48:18 (pb), 296 Samantha Claxton 48:29, 302 Angelene Ayers 50:56, 311 Kirsty Howe 52:54.
At the Milton Keynes Marathon on Bank Holiday May 1, Becky Langford achieved her sixth personal best time from her last seven races. She finished 335th from more than 2,000 runners, in a time of 3-34.51.On the same day, there were pb’s also for Alan and Jayne Richardson at the Breckland 10k. Alan crossed the finish line in 121st place in 49:15 and Jayne was 206th in 57:46.
On Sunday, a dozen members travelled to Dereham for a 10-mile race, which was the 4th event in this
year’s Leathes Prior Norfolk Grand Prix Series. First home for Waveney was Mike Quantrill in a new best time of 1-11.59 followed by Wayne Freeman in 1-14.20. David Mower, 142nd, was just four seconds outside his best time, finishing in 1-15.46 then Bill Kingaby was 161st in 1-17.20, winning the 3rd place trophy in his age group .Alan Richardson was 205th in a personal best 1-21.58 and Sarah Norman, 217th, took almost 10 minutes off her previous best, recording a time of 1-23.06. Camilla Darling was 307th in 1-31.44, Vicky Wood 319th in 1-33.26, Louise Adamson 322nd in 1-33.26, Alan Varle 352nd in 1-37.27, Demelza Hammond 358th in 1-38.41 (pb) and Beth Bell 388th in 1-45.20.

London Marathon 2017

Of the 39,487 competitors who crossed the finish line of the London Marathon on Sunday, seven were members of Waveney Valley Athletic Club.
Matt Jeffries finished in 489th place in a time of 2-43.58. Tummy trouble around the 18 mile mark (Which turned out to be Matt’s Appendix which he had to have out 2 days later)
It affected his performance but he was still happy to record a sub 2.45 time. It was his second marathon following his victory at last year’s Bungay Marathon.
Sam Lines was taking part in her first marathon and she finished in a time of 3-24.38. Sam ran in aid of Mind, the charity for better mental health.
It was also a debut at the distance for James Drake. He crossed the finish line in 3-29.11.
Rebecca Harris, another marathon first timer, ran in aid of Sense, the charity that supports the
deaf blind and sensory impaired, raising more than £1,500. She finished the race in a time of 4-39.53.
Rob Knights was also tackling the distance for the first time. He recorded a time of 4-42.00.
Yet another marathon debutante was Michaela ‘ Kaly ‘ Gooch. She ran the event to raise money
for Bliss, the charity for premature and sick babies. Her own daughter Charlotte was born at 26 weeks and recently her grand-daughter Luna was born at 30 weeks. She raised over £1,200 and her finishing time was 5-35.19.
Mark Smith has set himself the challenge of ten marathons this year in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. London was his third and despite his decision just a few hours before the start to drop out due to a
stomach bug, he still found himself drawn towards the start line. He then spent about an hour of the race with various St John Ambulance staff around the course. He was determined to finish, however, and reached the end of the race in 6-02.20.

Norwich Half, Brighton Marathon & Lowestoft Prom Dash

A total of 35 members of Waveney Valley Athletic Club took part in three races on a very busy Sunday
April 9. Nine were part of a 2,000 strong field at the Norwich Half Marathon which included three new members Darrel Roberts, Susannah Close and Malcolm Huggins.
Results: 43 Dylan Neeve 1-28.33, 165 Leon Neeve 1-39.21, 266 Darrel Roberts 1-43.59, 554 Susannah Close 1-54.29, 576 Alan Richardson 1-55.26 2nd prize M65 age category, 653 Malcolm Huggins 1-56.35, 705 Steve Gibbs 1-58.30, 963 Stephanie Pimlott 2-06.32 PB, 1026 Stuart Smith 2-08.19.

Eight members travelled to the south coast on a very warm sunny day to compete in the Brighton
Marathon. Lisa Knights was first to finish for Waveney in a time of 3-45.04. She was followed by David Mower 4-13.33, Patricia Tuttle 4-31.27 PB, David Goosey 4-42.42, Joe Mayne 4-42.59, David Lewis 5-14.27, Lisa Joyce 5-29.11, Claire Green marathon debut in 6-03.24.

Most club members stayed closer to home to run in the Lowestoft 5 mile Prom Dash. For many of the
newer members, the race provided an opportunity to step up from 5k parkruns to compete in a slightly longer event.
Results: 7 Tim Earl 31:45, 19 Mike Quantrill 35:01, 22 Billy Underdown 35:44, 48 Sarah Norman 40:48, 49 Bob Milner 40:53, 56 Daniel Critoph 41:48, 64 Lisa Wilson 42:59 PB, 73 Louise Harrod 44:13, 82 Lee Roth 45:05, 93 Pamela Warne 48:24, 97 Demelza Hammond 49:31, 100 Beth Bell 49:35, 105 Gavin
Hamilton 50:52, 106 Tina Winney 51:11, 108 Nicky Illingsworth 51:21, 109 Sarah Wood 51:58, 110 Emma Branch,,, 52:03, 111 Donna Milner 54:46.

Bungay Festival of Running

Sunday’s Bungay Festival of Running saw a good attendance from Waveney Valley A.C. with just over two dozen members competing. Four took on the challenge of the two hilly laps of the marathon course that started in Bungay, then headed towards Beccles before returning to the start at The Maltings in Bungay then round again. Mark Thompson led his clubmates home with a very strong run, finishing in 8th place out of 177 competitors, in a time of 3-06.09. New club member Darrel Roberts, in his first ever marathon, was 87th in 4-02.04. Mark Smith, running in his second marathon out of five this year for Prostate Cancer Research was accompanied by Bob Milner for most of the race. Milner finished 106th in 4-15.23 and Smith 107th in 4-15.36. Dylan Neeve was first home for Waveney in the half marathon in 8th in a personal best time of 1-25.16 followed by club captain Chris Pimlott in excellent form in 12th in 1-26.18, also a PB. Lloyd Scriven was 31st in 1-34.21 with 44th Matt Baldry 1-37.21, 66th Andy Ayers 1-41.23, 121st Stuart Brown 1-50.35, 126th Alan Richardson 1-51.44, 212th Suz Knights 2-01.56, 216th Daryl McKeown 2-02.20 ( PB ), 231st Lisa Wilson 2-05.00 ( PB ) and 325th Zoe Caston 2-24.56. 16 year-old Harriet Lyman was first home for the club in the 10k race, her debut at the distance. Her ability at middle-distance running has been apparent since her late junior days and she produced a well judged run to win the ladies open trophy in a time of 44:40, in 20th place overall. Paul Peek was 62nd in 51:11 then 132nd Sarah Phillips 58:02, 136th Jayne Richardson 58:28 ( PB ), 154th Amanda Scarff 1-00.53, 155th Demelza Hammond 1-00.57, 183rd Laura Head 1-04.32 ( PB ), 186th Beth Bell 1-04.46, 198th Lisa Cone 1-07.30, 201st Sarah James 1-07.51 ( PB ) and 222nd Donna Milner 1-12.50 ( PB ).

Haverhill XC

Cross Country report – Haverhill

Waveney Valley Athletic Club increased their lead in the Suffolk Winter Cross Country League, with another winning performance in the final fixture at Haverhill.
Waveney finished well ahead of the rest of the teams to clinch the Suffolk Winter League Senior Combined ladies and men’s Team title, the first league title in the club’s history. The team finished top in five out of the six fixtures, a great all round team performance.
Despite the fact that the final race was held the other side of the county and the races starting an hour earlier than normal, Waveney still managed to field a strong team of twenty-seven runners. The demanding undulating course at Haverhill was a mix of field edges, woodland paths and tracks that covered a distance of 5.4 miles.
Matt Jeffries was once again the class act in leading from the gun to tape finishing well ahead of the rest of field with his impressive time of 29:56. Lee Cook continues his fine run of form in securing 4thplace with 31:08. Dominic Oliver recorded 31:30 in 5th place. Dylan Neeve put in his finest performance of the season and was really chuffed with his 10th place finish. Chris Pimlott who has been one of the club’s driving forces behind Waveney’s strong presence in all of the leagues fixtures, crossed the the line in 20th place overall with his time 34:27. Richard Moore took top spot in his age group V50 in finishing in 22nd place overall. Leon Bernasconi was not far behind in clocking 34:55 in 24th place. Then men’s A team finished in first place overall. The B and C teams also topped their leagues.
In the ladies race, Sam Lines who in training for the London Marathon, put in another strong performance in crossing the line in 27th place overall, but was second in the ladies section with her time of 35:03. Rose Nicholson who posted a time of 39:20 was 9th lady and 78th overall. Ann Millett’s twenty-fourth placing (127th overall) secured her 2nd place in her age group V60+. Sarah Norman finished fourth in the V35+ age group, which resulted her in taking third place overall in the series awards.
Newmarket Joggers will host the league presentation evening on Friday 21st April, where along with Waveney picking up the their first place trophy, ten members will also be awarded their individual prizes in the different age categories.
Results:
First Matt Jeffries 29:56. 4th Lee Cook 31:08. 5th Dominic Oliver 31:30. 10th Dylan Neeve 32:54. 20th Chris Pimlott (V40) 34:27. 22nd Richard Moore (1st V50) 34:42. 24th Leon Bernasconi 34:55. 27th Sam Lines (2nd Lady) 35:03. 34th Chris Bradford 35:48. 37th Daniel Harris 36:08.45th Liam Nudd. 36:51. 48th Tim Earl 37:20. 51st Jon Comyn 37:32. 59th Tim Moore 37:55.73rd Billy Underdown 39:01. 78th Rose Nicholson 39:20. 91st Leon Neeve 40:40.94th Colin Galer 40:43. 100th Robert Milner 41:16. 106th Mike Illingworth (V45) 42:07.111th Mark Smith (40) 42:52. 117th Alan Fairs (V45) 43:20.126th Steve Gibbs (V50) 44:35.127th Ann Millett (V60) 44:37. 148th Sarah Norman (V35) 46:41. 167th Tony Millett 48:12. (V60)182nd Alan Varle (V70) 50:27.