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.
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.