BADAC youngsters claim cross-country bronze

BOSTON and District Athletic Club’s under 13 boys’ squad claimed the bronze team awards in the Lincolnshire County Cross-country Championships on Sunday.

At Louth’s testing London Road course, the young Gold Tops added the third championship team place to the Lincs League winning team awards achieved before the turn of the year.

Blake Garwell finished 11th, with Sam Anthony 14th and Tom Evans 15th.

They combined for a points total of 45 to claim third team spot behind Lincoln Wellington AC and Louth AC, who both achieved 21 points.

There was good back up from William Swain (16th), Matthew Connelly (17th), Alex Hackett (18th) and Finley Whitaker (19th), all of whom were an effective supporting act.

On a day when entries for the county championships events were down on expectations, Boston and District AC runners in other age groups achieved modest results.

However, in the under 20 women’s race over 5,440m, Emma Penniston carried her 2011 consistency into 2012 with a solid fourth position by finishing just five seconds behind the bronze medalist.

At under 15 girls’ level Isabel Rushby entered the finish funnel in 11th position at the conclusion of the 3710m challenge.

Over the 3,060m hilly championships course, under 13 Hermione Wright claimed 14th place.

Robert Porter completed the 3,710m of the under 15 boys’ championship in 17 mins to secure 17th place.

The 2012 under 20, senior and veteran men’s Lincolnshire County Championship titles were determined over a demanding 9,690m.

Returning from injury, Aidan McClure produced a rewarding rehabilitation performance to claim an encouraging fifth position in the under 20 men’s category.

Three Gold Tops lined up on the start line for the veteran men’s contest.

In the final analysis, Dennis Rainbow crossed the line in 13th place, with Ian Scott 22nd and David Johnson 25th, comprising the team scorers.

Three under 11 BADAC runners competed in the non championship curtain raiser open event, staged before the main programme.

Jack Rushby produced another good performance, coming home in fifth position.

William Wright ran a well paced race, achieving a very respectable 10th place, and David Scott improves with each outing, securing 20th position.

Representing Bedford & County AC Donington’s Aston Perrin, currently at college in Bedford, finished 14th in the senior men’s championship and Michael Craven (Nene Valley Harriers) was fifth in the under 17 men’s race over 5,440m.