It was the third fixture in the NESS cross country league at Harwich yesterday. The course is always a tough one mainly on muddy fields. However, this year it was even more challenging as the usual welcome fast downhill finish was now an uphill one! This was even the case for the Junior Race which saw Martha May finish 6th in the girl’s U11 age category and Josh Roughan 16th in the U11 boy’s race.
In a competitive men’s senior race there was quite close packing among the top 30 with James Smith finishing 15th and Wes Atkins 23rd. Despite racing 10k the previous day and having done a trail marathon the weekend previously, Nathan Roulson put in a strong finish in 66th. Dan Hollinshead (76), Steve May (84) and Stuart Ashworth (100) completed the scoring team with Stuart just pipping Don English to the post (102).
Then followed Sam Wolton (145), Andy Carter (151), Phil Jeffries (167) and Darren Powell (183). Dan Roughan (192) pushed his way up the field over taking club mate Anthony Denton (193). Adrian Gasser made his cross country debut in 196th position.
For the ladies Rachael Roughan retained her consistent presence in the top 10 finishing in 7th position.
Rosie Atkins made a welcome return to the ladies scoring team in 26th with Caroliena Cameron also claiming a scoring spot in 33rd. The other Halstead ladies were:
Anna Bambridge (39)
Wendy Carter (46)
Lorraine Garnham (53)
Sandi Robinson-Miller (54)
Sarah Frost (57)
Treena Carder (65)
Val Kerrison (66)
Nicole Smith (72)
Emma Healy (76) and Victoria Metson (77) were making their cross country debuts and both put in a great effort.
The men finished 2nd and the ladies 3rd leaving the club 3rd overall in Pool B on the day and drop to 3rd in the Pool B League table.
Elsewhere Tom Porter did the Hatfield 5 mile race on a fast and flat course earning himself a new PB by a minute finishing in 31:37.
Also racing well this weekend were Shannon Conlon and Nathan Roulson who both did the Movember Foundation 10k race in Ipswich on Saturday. Nathan was 4th out of 267 finishers in 42:20 with eldest daughter Evelyn taking on the 1.5k option. Shannon showed that her recent training with the club has paid off as she set a new 10k PB of 1:34.
In parkrun news Mike Grealy did Great Cornard’s 250th event finishing first in his age category in 22:02.