HRRL Lordshill 10m, TRXCL Queen Elizabeth Country Park and British and Irish Masters Home International cross-country
HRRL Lordshill 10m
Good weather and blue skies were some consolation for Farnham Runners after the atrocious weather last year at the Lordshill 10 mile race, the fourth in the Hampshire Road League series.
Ian Carley was delighted to break the one hour barrier for the first time with an impressive time of 59 minutes 42 seconds, a personal best by two minutes to place 27th of 434 finishers and 5th in the M40 category. Charles Ashby snapped up second spot for the club with an excellent 1-02-51.
Next Steve Murphy put in a great sprint at the end only to realise he had to run up to the end of the field and then back again! His time was 1-08-32, just ten seconds ahead of Sean Smith who looked in control in his second race for the club (1-08-42). This team of four came 9th in division one.
Nick Hill and Tim Cummins had a fantastic full 100m neck and neck sprint to the line. Tim very sportingly gave Nick the win, both clocking 1-10-24. Chris Cramp recorded 1-16-44, followed by Tim Withers who broke his PB by 4mins with 1-18-31. Stefan Klincewicz enjoyed a steady 1-27-07, just a few days after becoming a dad for the 3rd time.
Louise James was the first Farnham Runners lady in a very useful 1-13-38 taking 28th lady’s place of 160. Amanda Allen had a great finishing burst in the last 100m and smoothly accelerated past about 6 other ladies amid cheers from the Farnham supporters. Lindsay Bamford looked comfortable for a time of 1-19-38, followed by Sue Boxall who finished strongly for 1-19-44. Suzanne Munton took yet another two minutes off her previous best for 1-22-55. The first three ladies gave Farnham 5th in division two but they still lie top on aggregate, while the next two helped the B team stay 11th in division two.
TRXCL Queen Elizabeth Country Park
The second Today’s Runner Winter League cross-country at Queen Elizabeth Country Park was a rather wet affair but the Farnham club was pleased to come out joint winners for an aggregate position of 2nd. An awesome team of men put in a superb performance for top slot. Graham Russ made a welcome appearance to take victory in his stride with Andrew Ellison not far behind for 2nd place. Ian Carley 6th, Mike Anderson 10th and Charles Ashby 15th completed the scoring places. Steve Parker 75th, Albert Ellison 93rd, Christian Vaughan 101st, Neil Powers 105th, Chris Cramp 119th, Les Boxall 135th, Hillary Carter 150th, Andrew Perrin 188th, all made the extra effort for the club.
The ladies put in a strong team for 5th place, led by Louise James in 14th. Then Angela Epps in 18th, and Amanda Allen in 21st took the scoring places with strong back-up from Lindsay Bamford 30th, Sue Boxall 33rd and Julie Russ 67th.
British and Irish Masters Home International cross-country in Dublin
Jane Georghiou was selected for a four-strong age group England team at the British and Irish Masters Home International cross-country in Dublin. Wearing an England vest for the fourth time she was pleased to finish 6th in her group, just one second off 5th. Her third position in the England team helped the home country to victory in that age group and for the ladies overall in a close competition for points with the Republic of Ireland. Her time was 26-45 over a muddy 6km course in Santry Park.