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National Cross Country Relays
Mansfield
9 November 2002


Some outstanding running from the athletes of Lincoln Wellington resulted in three top ten team performances at the top quality National Cross Country Relays at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield. The under 17 women's team produced the club's best performance with Rachael Nathan completely dominating the first leg runners, which also included the athletes in the under 20's race, and returned with a very long lead after completing the 2500 metres circuit in 8 minutes 36 seconds. Sarah Coates ran strongly on leg two and maintained the lead with a time of 9.49. Emily Taylor gave it everything on the final leg but she had some big names chasing her down and eventually crossed the line in 4th place in 10.11 to equal the club's best previous team performance at this event. The under 15 boy's squad is particularly strong and the A team ran with great distinction to finish a close up 6th - not far at all behind the medallists. Danny Roome did well to pick up 4th place on the first leg in 6.38 for the shorter 2000m circuit. Josh Stone had a great run on leg two to gain two places in 6.34 and virtually get the team on level terms with the leaders. And Tom Herbert did very well on the final leg to record 6.55 but was just unable to hold off some very strong opposition in the closing stages. The B team also ran very well to finish 25th of the 44 teams setting out. Mark Plaskett (7.18), Dexter Haywood (7.34) and Vinnie Harley (7.16) all produced good efforts to underline the strength of the squad.

Another good team effort came in the under 20 men's race over a 3000m course. Jason Hall did well to come back 15th on leg one in 9.40 before Matt Bowser ran very strongly on leg two to pull back ten places in a speedy 9.06. New member Tom Hayball did well on the final leg and although losing four places in 10.11 he hung on well in the closing stages for 9th place overall. Lucinda Pitcher produced a good effort on the opening leg of the under 20 women's race to record 9.22 for 9th place. Rowena Harrison hung on to that position with 10.07 on the 2nd leg but Rebecca Cansdale found it tough going on the final leg and a time of 11.27 placed her 15th at the finish. The under 17 men's race was combined with the under 20's and was run at a furious pace throughout. Ian Kimpton was 34th on the first leg in 10.24 and Will Strangeway followed with 10.35 on leg two to pick up a couple of places. Gary Cruickshank ran the final leg in 11.23 to bring the club home in 39th position from the 56 starters. The club's senior women's squad managed to get three complete teams on the start line. Claire Gregory was fastest for the A team with 11.51 for 47th place. Margaret Thompson improved five places with 12.25 on leg two and Kathy Warhurst held that position on leg three with 12.27 for 42nd place. Hayley Fox (13.53), Jo Campion (14.18) and Anne Gilroy (14.24) finished in 60th place for the B team. And a veteran trio of Pat Kimpton (15.48), Dot Fraser (16.41) and Betty Stracey (15.44) finished in 62nd place for the C team. The club's senior men's squad is still being hampered by injury and non-availability and was one short of a team of four. Tom Doe did well on the first leg to finish 27th in a very big field in 16.11. Dean Houlton maintained his return to better form and was round in 17.48 on leg two for 45th place. And Adie Marston completed the team with 17.58 on the third leg for 47th position.


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