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Waveney Athletic Club claim impressive one-two in league fixture

PUBLISHED: 08:34 22 December 2017

Waveney Valley AC runner Dominic Oliver was an impressive winner at Sutton. Picture: Tony Millett

Waveney Valley AC runner Dominic Oliver was an impressive winner at Sutton. Picture: Tony Millett

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Waveney Valley Athletic Club seniors moved to top of the league table in the Suffolk Winter Cross Country League after another strong performance at the second fixture at Sutton, near Woodbridge.

The flat course consisting of sandy heath land and farm fields proved to be ideal for Waveney’s roadrunners, especially for the in-form Dominic Oliver and Matt Jeffries who have posted some swift times recently.

Dominic was the class act in claiming first place with his speedy time of 24.29. Jeffries was just 11 second adrift in second with 24.40.

Jay Lingwood and Dylan Neeve both put in improved performances in finishing in the top 20 in times of 25.56 and 27.21. Club captain Chris Pimlott also found the conditions to his liking, claiming 38th place in 28.23. Not far behind was Jim Burgess whose time of 28.40 secured him 44th place overall.

In his first cross country season for Waveney Josh Barnard, who is the youngest member of the senior squad, posted a creditable 29.51 in 62nd place.

The men’s A team topped their league and the combined Men’s and Ladies’ A team moved up to the top of the table. The combined team of Newmarket Joggers and Sudbury Joggers are second and Saint Edmund Pacers A team are third.

It was great to see Steve Barber making a comeback in Waveney colours after an absence of over 10 years at cross-country events, He posted a very respectable time of 30.18 in 73rd place. Bill Kingaby secured second place in his age group V65+ in finishing in 170th place overall in 34.04.

Lisa Knights was the first lady home for the club, crossing the line in 176th place, and third in her age group V45. Susannah Close was Waveney’s second lady to finish in 200th spot with her time of 35.14.

Third lady home for the team, Sarah Norman, recorded 37.38 in 255th place overall.

In the junior race, Sam Stevens, despite competing in the Suffolk Schools Cross Country race the day before, recorded a very fast time of 11.41 to clinch second place overall and first in his age group. James Burgess took 52nd place overall but 15th in the U-13s. Ella Newman finished in 61st place overall and was 17th in the Girls U-13 age group.

The next race will be at Haughley Park Stowmarket on Sunday, January 14.

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