Record Waveney Valley AC contingent at opening cross country league fixture

PUBLISHED: 07:57 24 November 2017

Matt Jeffries (in front) and Dominic Oliver put their best foot forward in the grounds of Framlingham Castle. Picture: Tony Millett

Matt Jeffries (in front) and Dominic Oliver put their best foot forward in the grounds of Framlingham Castle. Picture: Tony Millett


The Suffolk Winter Cross Country League got under way to a record-breaking start in the first fixture at Framlingham, with over 500 runners competing in the senior race.

Not only was it a record for the league, but Waveney Valley Athletic Club also fielded their largest number of 72 finishers, which included many new members competing in their first cross country race.

The course at Framlingham was altered to a two-lap course of five miles, with runners having to contend with the up and down terrain around the Castle grounds.

Waveney’s team made a solid start, with the combined ladies’ and men’s A team finishing in second place overall in their league, whilst the B and C combined teams topped their leagues, a superb all round team performance.

Matt Jeffries led the team home in crossing the line in fifth place, with his time of 31.54, and close on his heels was Steve Cannell and Dominic Oliver, who crossed the line in sixth and seventh places respectively. Jay Lingwood clocked 33.55 in 20th place, Dylan Neeve and Mark Thompson finished in the top 40. Team Waveney had 15 runners finish in the top 100.

In the ladies’ section Sam Lines got away to a fast start, but unfortunately a mile into the race fell victim to the uneven terrain, twisting her ankle, and had to drop out.

First lady home for the club was Lisa Knights who put in strong finish to clinch 207th place overall, (19th lady) with her time of 44.09. Susannah Close, in her first cross country race, put in a very creditable performance, finishing 213th overall (23rd lady) was second lady home for the club. Third was Sarah Norman who clocked 47.12 in 278th place overall (40th lady).

Other leading finishers: 51st Martin Hewetson 35.58, 53rd Chris Pimlott 36.08, 56th Leon Bernasconi 36.28, 60th Josh Barnard 36.49, 63rd Martin Horlock 36.55.

In the junior race, Sam Stevens recorded a swift time of 13.21 in sixth place. Tom Spurgeon was 46th overall but 17th in the U15 age group in 16.39 and William Browne registered 17.10 in 54th place overall (14th U13). In the girl’s race, Oakley Arnould was 10th in the U15 section in 18.18. In the U13 section Gabby Wright finished 13th in 18.46 and Ella Newman clocked 19.25 in 17th.


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