Runners make their debut over a testing course

Bourne Town Harriers, from left, Mark Ellison, Rich Lomas-Brown, Tim Wigley, Shaun Hill, Rob Caven, Phil Galpin, Tony Gilbert

Bourne Town Harriers, from left, Mark Ellison, Rich Lomas-Brown, Tim Wigley, Shaun Hill, Rob Caven, Phil Galpin, Tony Gilbert

Runners from Bourne Town Harriers and Nene Valley Harriers raced in the first round of North Midlands Cross Country League at Markeaton Park, Derby, on Sunday.

It was the first time that Bourne Town Harriers had entered and a team of 17 runners raced the testing course.

Karen Clark was 77th in the senior women’s race while Shaun Hill was 116th in the combined race, just piping Tony Gilbert on the line to 117th. They were followed by Tim Wigley (121st), Rich Lomas-Brown (125th), Phil Galpin (145th), Mark Ellison (155th) and Rob Caven (210th). Joe Howells was 23rd in the U17 race.

The results put Shaun in pole position in the club’s men’s series followed by Joe Howells and Mark Ellison, while Vicky Cocking leads the ladies series from Karen Clark and Sue Stevens.

Martin Clarke leads the boys series with Cameron Everist and Daniel Lawrance second and third. Megan Ellison leads the girls race ahead of Beth Howells and Molly Bennett.

Running for Bourne Town Harriers Juniors, Beth Howells was 27th in the U15 girls race; Martin Clarke 20th and Cameron Everist 39th in the U15 boys’ race; Megan Ellison 13th, Molly Bennett 37th, Leah Clark 45th, Keeley Caven 46th, and Alex Stubley 47th in the U13 girls race.

Nene Valley Harriers’ contingent of 55 included a strong group from Bourne.

The U13 boys took first place with Bradley Allan in 9th place. The U15 girls finished third with Georgia Gibbs 8th, Jasmine Oldfield 19th, Alice Gibbons 26th and Pheobe Whattoff 28th.

Alex Hampson continued his unbeaten run for the U15 boys with a fine win against two of the Midlands’ top youngsters. Michael Cawood backed him up in 12th with Ollie Bowling 16th as the team took third place.

Will Baker, in his first major cross country race, ran well for 26th, followed by Austin Herbert 28th, Damian Rutterford 30th and Lucas Fidler 32nd.

In the U17 girls, Amy Gibbons, took an excellent 16th to help the team to fourth.

Chris Allison in 7th, led the U17 boys home, with James McCrae hot on his heels in eighth and Billy Mugnier 16th. The team took third spot.

Emma Gibbs had a superb run for fourth in the U13 girls race with the team claiming third.

In the U11 mixed race, Elliott Bellamy had his best race to date with a fine fifth position.




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