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Lincs League Cross Country - Match 4
9 December 2007

A testing circuit round the stamina-sapping sand hills of Skegness beach brought the 2007 Lincolnshire Cross Country League to a conclusion with Lincoln Wellington athletes picking up plenty of the honours.

The U11s ran first with Alex Humberstone notching another win and Alex Willerton finishing close behind in 3rd. Catrina Thomas led the Wellington girls home with a good run for 4th spot overall. Richard Brine ran with great promise to cross the line 1st in the U13 Boys race and with Dylan Love 7th and Sam Chapman 9th Wellington also took the team award. Ian Maplethorpe was an impressive winner of the U15 Boys race with Adam Baker 5th. And the Wellington successes continued when Chris Woodger won the U17 Mens race with Jack Cornwell 9th and Neil Humberstone 12th. There was a small but select field in the U17 Womens race and Georgia Ball did well to finish runner-up - just outpaced in the closing stages. Holly Haywood in 5th and Rochelle Harrison 6th clinched the Wellington team win. A further team win came in the U15 Girls event where Libby Read did well to lead in the club contingent in 4th place with Hester Talbot 7th and Ellie Jones 8th completing the team. The Wellington B team in this race finished close together with Laura Donnelly 9th, Gemma Selwood 10th and Mary-Ann Phillips 11th.

A final Wellington team success came in the senior women’s race with Lucinda Pitcher taking 2nd position ahead of Jane Clarke 3rd and Kathy Warhurst 8th. A lot of the Wellington senior men’s squad gave this race a miss but there was a good effort from Craig Maskell on his seasonal debut over the country to take 6th place. Neil Coney followed him in 12th with Paul Samways running steadily to finish 15th.

Further afield, Wellington athletes recently recorded two more notable performances. Matt Bowser ran for the Puma sponsored British team in the Bahrain Marathon Relay. Running leg 10 of 16 Bowser set off with a 40 second deficit on the leading Kenyan but a very creditable effort saw this reduced to 29 seconds at the next handover. At the end of the final leg the British team were less than a minute behind the Kenyan winners – an excellent team effort.
Ian Kimpton has also been in fine recent form and, representing Oxford University, he picked up a splendid 2nd place in the prestigious annual Oxford v Cambridge cross country match – beaten by just 8 seconds by the winner.

In the recently published National U13 rankings for the 2007 track and field season, Wellington youngster Hannah Dunderdale sits proudly at the top of the Pentathlon listings with a score of 2574 points – the 6th all time best in this event. She also appears in the ranking lists in seven of the individual events – a superb effort from a tremendous future prospect.

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