Woodbridge – Cross Country
Waveney Valley Athletic Club senior’s continued their successful start to the Suffolk Winter cross country league, in fielding another strong squad of 51 runners in the second fixture, at Sutton near Woodbridge.
The A combined ladies and men’s team accumulated a total of 2359 points on the day, which resulted in them in moving to the top of the league, they are now 82 points ahead of second place Ipswich Harriers. The club’s B and C teams are also top of their leagues, a brilliant all round team performance from all the seniors, which included a lot of new members competing in their first cross country event.
The one lap course which covered a distance of 4.7 miles, involved runners having to run over some very sandy, undulating health land, which fortunately was relatively dry underfoot, except for one area of sticky mud, which was near the finish of the race. Matt Jeffries was once again the top runner for the club, crossing the line in 3rd place overall, which secured him first place in the senior men’s age group. Just eight seconds adrift was Dominic Oliver who clinched 4th place overall (2nd senior). The rest of the men’s A team packed in well, with all of them finishing in the top 35. Jay Lingwood 25th. Richard Moore 29th (2nd Vet 50). Dylan Neeve obviously found the conditions to his liking in finishing in 30th place overall, which was some forty five places improvement on his performance at the previous race at Framlingham; he was closely followed by Sebastian Lakes 33rd and club captain Chris Pimlott 35th.
In the ladies section, Sam Lines continues to impress in finishing in second place, but was first in the senior ladies age group. Rose Nicholson, still on the come back from an injury put in a solid run to take ninth place overall, was third senior lady. Ann Millett was second in the V60 section and Sarah Norman was third in the V35+ ladies section.
3rd Matt Jeffries 25:28. 4th Dominic Oliver 25:36. 25th Jay Lingwood 28:43. 29th Richard Moore (V50) 28:48. 30th Dylan Neeve 28:48. 33rd Sebastian Lakes 29:04. 35th Chris Pimlott (V40) 29:05. 42nd Lloyd Scriven (V40) 29:17. 50th Sam Lines (1st senior lady) 29:35. 56th Daniel Harris 29:49. 58th James Drake 29:55. 61st Tim Earl 30:06. 90th Paul Sullivan (V50) 31:25. 91st Steven Carruthers (V45) 31:29. 93rd Jon Comyn 31:32. 107th Peter Andrews (V45) 31:59. 108th Liam Nudd 32:00. 110th Tim Moore 32:05. 112th Rose Nicholson (3rd senior lady) 32:13. 113th Leon Neeve 32:14. 115th Paul Wright (V40). 32:16. 116th Richard Chilvers (V45). 122nd Colin Galer 32:21. 136th Robert Milner 32:45. 160th Mark Smith (V40) 33:58. 163rd Billy Underdown 34:09. 169th Nigel Herrod (V55) 34:25. 182nd Bill Kingaby (V60) 34:51. 191st David Mower (V60) 35:08. 200th Stuart Brown 35:33. 211th Ben Crane 36:04. 234th Stuart Spurgeon (V40) 37:01. 236th Ann Millett (V60) 37:04. 238th Chris Comyn 37:12. 241st Alan Fairs (V45) 37:18. 252nd Simon Stevens (V45) 37:58. 259th Ray Knights (V60) 38:19. 267th Tony Millett (V60) 38:39. 277th Steve Gibbs (V50) 38:57. 278th Sarah Norman (V35) 38:58. 283rd Vladimir Laptikhovsky (V50) 39:06. 287th Kylie Rafferty (V35) 39:16. 289th Anita Drake (V35) 39:21. 310th Roberta Kay ((V50) 40:31. 316th Daryl McKeown 40:46. 324th Alan Varle (V70) 41:10. 350th Karle Howard (V45) 42:24. 361st Louise Harrod (V45) 43:17. 364th James Gooch (V40) 43:54. 397 Kaly Gooch (V50) 48:52. 400th Nicky Illingworth (Lady V40) 49:14.
In the supporting junior race, Waveney numbers were down from the previous race at Framlingham, owing to a lot of them competing the day before in a Suffolk Schools Cross Country Event.
Sam Stevens who is having a excellent winter season, put in another great run to finish in sixth place overall was third in the U15 section with his time of 12:41.
Harriet Lyman, recorded a remarkable double, she finished top in her age group (U17) in the Schools competition the day before, she then went on to win the girls race outright at Sutton with her time of 13:19. Alex Wilson clocked a creditable14:07 in finishing 18th overall (7th in the boys U15). Making her debut in cross country, Oakley Arnould who has competed in several 5km Lowestoft park runs, proved to be just as strong over the mixed terrain at Sutton, took 39th place overall in 16:19 (8th in the Girls U13 section).
Woodbridge – Cross Country