Boston and District AC competitors claim top three slots

Three Boston and District AC competitors claimed top three finishes in the Lincolnshire AA Cross-country League.

Jose Ferreira, William Wright and Sam Smith excelled in their respective fields.

Twenty Boston and District Athletic Club distance runners enjoyed beautiful, early winter sunshine at the third of this season’s fixtures at Louth on Sunday.

In the senior, junior and veteran men’s event over a demanding three-lap 8,397m distance, Ferriera started well and maintained good momentum to claim a splendid third place.

Andy Waltham was second team counter, finishing 31st, with Paul Porter claiming the third and final scoring position for the team in 40th place.

Support was provided by Ian Scott (48th) and David Johnson (53rd).

At the other end of the age range, Wright came second in the under 11 boys and girls contest.

At the end of the undulating 1,350m challenge, he looked strong, sprinting into the finish funnell in runners-up position.

Five other lads produced very promising performances, with Alec Sykes (15th), Hallam Bedford (24th), Ben Hall (27th), David Scott (28th) and Jenson Barkworth (29th) doing well.

At under 13 boys level, Sam Sharp was impressive - coming home in third place at the end of the very competitive 2,669m contest.

Sam made light of the energy-sapping hills and hollows and looked well capable of challenging for first place at this level and in this competition.

There was excellent support from Jack Rushby (11th), and Tom Evans (12th) as the BADAC team finished with a splendid 26 points team score.

Back up came from Matthew Connelly (14th) and James Robinson (19th).

In the combined senior, junior and veteran women’s race - over the two-lap 5,298m route - Emma Penniston (junior section) showed improved strength and stamina to finish ninth.

In the under 15s girls age group, Hermione Wright showed good fitness over 2,669m to claim eighth position. Two other BADAC representatives secured sixth places in their events - Thomas Hall (under 15) and Robert Porter (under 17) did well.