Squirrels host cross-country championships

North Herts Road Runners hosted the Herts veteran cross-country championships on Sunday. Around 130 runners from Herts took part in a testing cross-country course on the outskirts of Letchworth. The event was a great success for the organising club and a

North Herts Road Runners hosted the Herts veteran cross-country championships on Sunday.

Around 130 runners from Herts took part in a testing cross-country course on the outskirts of Letchworth.

The event was a great success for the organising club and a number of members won both individual and team medals.

In the individual placings, silver medals went to Marion Yeales (W55), Jo Harbon (W35) and Don Powell (M70) with Stuart Smither winning a bronze medal in the M60 category.


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As far as the team event was concerned, Karen Dodsworth, Anna Priestley, Irene Bamberough and Christine Sharp finished in joint third in the W45 team event.

In the men's race, the M50 team of Stewart Bryant, Gary Duxbury, Robert Riggall and Colin Hewitt also finished in fourth position.

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Richard Harbon led the M40 team into fourth place followed by Steve Williamson, Adrian Sherwood, Martyn Annets, Jonny Spinks, Duncan Hooker, Mike Moralee and Finlay Simpson.

Not to be outdone, the M60 team of Stuart Smither, Don Powell, Brian Bailey and Ian Sucliffe also finished in fourth!

Meanwhile, the club's marathon hopefuls were also in action.

Mike Mello continued his good run of form to finish the four-lap Finchley 20 race in a time of 2-43:15.

Two Squirrels also took part in the Silverstone Half Marathon.

The race took place on the Grand Prix circuit which was conducive to fast times.

Kieron McGill clocked a new personal best of 1-27:21, knocking more than two and a half minutes off his previous time.

Anne Callis was also pleased with her best time for a couple of years, finishing in 1-46:49.

Further afield, four intrepid Squirrels tackled the Grizzly in Devon. This 19-mile multi-terrain race is famous for is gruelling course and challenging bogs and beach sections.

Fortunately the weather was kind to the runners apart from some isolated hailstorms and all four North Herts Road Runners members were pleased with their performances.

Gary Cook was first in for the club, finishing 35th in 2-44:41.

Paula Adams finished her first grizzly in style in 134th in 3-01:23.

Further down the field, Paul Bowall was in 1,216th place in a time of 4-46:08 and Lindsay Cook was 1,219th in 4-46:33.

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