Record number of Waveney Valley runners in action

Sam Jacks who finished first in the ladies' race. Picture: Paula Hazell.

Sam Jacks who finished first in the ladies' race. Picture: Paula Hazell. - Credit: Archant

The fifth race in the Suffolk Cross-Country League was hosted by Bungay Black Dog Running Club at Fritton Lake. Despite the weather, Waveney Valley AC made the most of a local fixture by fielding a record 57 runners, not only a record for the club, but also a record entry from a single club at a race in the league.

Waveney Valley AC's Matt Jeffries. Picture: Paula Hazell.

Waveney Valley AC's Matt Jeffries. Picture: Paula Hazell. - Credit: Archant

Fielding another strong squad ensured that Waveney remained in top spot in the combined ladies’ and men’s league table.

The two-lap course proved challenging as it was extremely slippery underfoot and runners had also to contend with the strong gusting wind as well as the torrential rain.

Matt Jeffries made light work of the conditions, winning in 25:37. Dominic Oliver was also in top form in taking second with 25.55. Dylan Neeve, Martin Horlock, and Richard Moore all packed well in 12th, 13th and 14th places respectively. Richard was also first in the V50 age group. Chris Pimlott put in a good captain’s performance in finishing in his highest position this season, in 17th with his time of 29.12. Karim Ouddane was not far behind in recording 29.41 in 23rd. The men’s A team once again finished top in the men’s team event.

Waveney recorded a double victory, with Sam Lines top in the ladies’ section, with 29.28. Rose Nicholson ran well, taking fourth in 31.56. Kylie Rafferty, in her second outing in the league, clocked 39.16 for 169th and 24th in the ladies section. The Ladies’ A moved up to second in the ladies’ section.

Waveney Valley AC's club captain Chris Pimlott. Picture: Paula Hazell.

Waveney Valley AC's club captain Chris Pimlott. Picture: Paula Hazell. - Credit: Archant

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Results: 1 Jeffries 25.37, 2 Oliver 25.55, 12 Neeve 28.36, 13 Horlock (V40) 28.43, 14 Moore 28.56, 17 Pimlott 29.12, 19 Lines 29.28, 23 Ouaddane 29.41, 26 Martin Collins 29.51, 27 Daniel Harris 29.52, 31 Lloyd Scriven 30.02, 33 Sebastian Lakes 30.15, 42 Liam Nudd 31.05, 44 Peter Rogers 31.11, 45 Paul Sullivan 31.12, 51 Richard Aukland 31.41, 54 Tim Earl 31.49, 56 Nicholson 31.56, 59 Jon Comyn 32.02, 65 Leon Neeve 32.29, 67 Peter Andrews 32.35, 68 Chris Bradford 32.36, 69 Logan Moore 32.37, 77 Wayne Freeman 33.06, 86 Tim Moore 33.30, 88 Andy Ayers 33.44, 92 Mark Smith 34.10, 93 Mike Quantill 34.18, 109 Matt Baldry 35.04, 116 Mike Illingsworth 35.39, 119 Robert Milner 35.43, 129 David Mower 36.31, 138 Alan Fairs 37.04, 141 Steve Gibbs 37.14, 154 David Joyce 38.15, 163 Simon Stevens 38.44, 166 Chris Comyn 39.10, 169 Kylie Comyn 39.16, 173 Sarah Norman 39.26, 177 Jon Andrews 39.33, 201 Karle Howard 41.18, 202 Rob Knights 41.19, 205 Jenni Hoye 41.25, 206 Alan Varle 41.28, 215 Layla Bedford 41.50, 216 Vladimir Laptikhovsky 41.56, 227 Stuart Smith 42.42, 228 James Gooch 43.03, 241 Paul Harrod 44.56, 242 Amanda Scarff 45.03, 244 Lisa Wilson 45.12, 255 Samantha Claxton 47.12, 259 Natalie Brown 49.17, 261 Caroline Clamp 49.32, 262 Pam Warne 49.49, 266 Angelene Ayers 51.42 and 271 Kate Howlett 56.18.

In the junior race, Sam Stevens put in his best performance in the league, finishing fifth in 14.43. Harriet Lyman finished 17th and was fourth in the girls’ section with 16.19. Abigail Mackenzie-Websdale competed in her first winter league meeting, in 22.08 for 37th overall and seventh in the girls U13s.

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