BADAC runners face stiff cross-country test

EIGHTEEN Gold Tops competed in the third match in the 2011 series of Lincolnshire Cross-country League matches at Cranwell on Sunday.

In the under 11 boys and girls’ races, Jack Rushby aclaimed third position at the end of the 1,800m event over the flat grassland and partially-wooded course.

David Scott gained valuable experience to finish in 26th position.

At under 13 girls’ level, Hermione Wright produced a good performance, completing the 3,300m challenge in 10th place.

Four BADAC under 13 boys contestants ensured that the Gold Tops maintained their challenging position in the team results table.

Blake Garwell produced a determined performance to enter the finish funnel in a very rewarding sixth position.

Second home for the team was Sam Anthony, who made an excellent debut at Cranwell, finishing in a very promising eighth place, ahead of Tom Evans in 12th position.

Matthew Connolly provided splendid support, entering the funnel at the end of the 3,300m contest in 16th.

At under 15 level, Rob Porter (13th) and Tom Vamplew (14th) worked hard over the 3.750m test and Isobel Rushby finished 13th in the girls’ competition.

In her first appearance in this season’s Lincolnshire League campaign, Alice Flint finished strongly in fourth place at the end of the under 17 women’s race over 5,000m

In the under 20, senior and veteran women’s race, also over 5,000m, Emma Penniston  added a 15th place position to her two top 10 finishes in the earlier races in the series.

Five Gold Tops lined up at the start of the 10,000m under 20, senior and veteran men’s event, with under 20 Aidan McClure failing to complete  the distance.

First to finish for the BADAC team was Darren Rushby, who finished 48th.

Second counter for the team was Ian Scott, who ran into the finish funnel in 60th position, ahead of third counter David Johnson, who claimed 73rd.

The team support on this occasion came from Tony Tomlin, who finished 84th.