Natalie is setting a hot pace in series

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A WOMAN leads Bourne Town Harriers’ senior series for the first time in the league’s six year history.

Natalie Cole moved into top spot after the latest round of the Frostbite series of races, held at Hinchinbrooke Country Park, near Huntingdon on Sunday, when she ran for the Bourne club.

Cole is just ahead of Tony Gilbert on overall scores and club spokesman Richard Lomas-Brown said: “Natalie has done exceptionally since joining the club at a beginners sessions at the start of this year.

“It just goes to show what can be achieved with the support of the town’s local running club.”

Over five frosty miles, the seniors were led home by Phil Galpin in 71st, with Richard Smithers 127th, Brian McLean 146th, Diane Parperis, Paul Brewster 224th, Richard Pearson 233rd, Dave Grace 235th, Natalie Cole 279th, Steve Hill 281st and Rachel Kemp 284th.

Overall the seniors continue to struggle this season, finishing in 16th place in this race, which is also where they lie at the half way point in the league.

The juniors are faring better and lie fourth in Frostbite league after the Hinchinbrooke round hosted by Huntingdon Athletics Club.

In the 1.5 mile junior race, Joe Howells came home in 9th, followed by Lucas Fidler 32nd, Cameron Everist 43rd, Lauren Brown 51st and Saskia Hunt 70th to earn the team a creditable fifth place.

The results mean that Joe and Lauren strengthen their leads slightly in the junior club serie.

l THE Final junior training session of the year is at Bourne Grammar School tonight and the last senior session is on Tuesday.

l The Harriers’ annual Christmas handicap for all club members takes place on Tuesday, December 28 at 11am in Bourne Wood.

The first 2011 race will be the Lincolnshire Cross Country County Championship race at Lincoln on January 9.

Members who want to run must let Rich Lomas-Brown know before Christmas in order to be pre-entered.