Cranwell course sees Penson run to impress

Emma Penson.
Emma Penson.

Nine Gold Tops competed in the last in the 2015 series of Lincolnshire Cross Country League matches held at RAF Cranwell on Sunday.

Conditions were cool, giving runners every opportunity to maintain good momentum and finish the series with a significant performance.

Margaret Thompson.

Margaret Thompson.

In the junior, senior, veteran men’s race over 9K, James Roark finished strongly in 42nd position, with Ian Raywood showing good form to cross the finish line in 49th.

Outlining her considerable improvement over distance, Emma Penson impressed in the junior, senior, veteran women’s 4.9K event to race home in 29th position.

Gaining in confidence, Alex Riches advanced to 13th position at the end of the under 15 boys’ challenge over 3.7K.

Both the under 13 boys’ and the under 13 girls’ contests were over a course measuring 2.9k and Lucy Raywood advanced significantly to enter the finish funnel in 16th place in the girls’ event.

Zola Tuntulwana.

Zola Tuntulwana.

In the boys’ race, Hallam Bedford maintained his mid-race progress to claim 17th position.

Three young Boston and District AC representatives lined up alongside more than 40 other contenders on the start line for the 1.8K under 11 combined boys’ and girls’ race.

Haddley Bedford was first of the trio of finishers collecting the 26th finishing disc.

In hot pursuit was Alice Frick, who claimed an impressive 27th place which should put her well up in the girls results when the positions are separated and confirmed.

A short distance behind Alice was Matthew Lewis, who crossed the finish line in an encouraging 33rd place.

In the Boston and District Athletic Club Santa Fun Run, runners had to contend with a strong blustery wind which made the going really hard for the suitably festive clad competitors.

Alex Riches coped best with the conditions, finishing well ahead of runner-up Matthew Lewis and third-placed Stephen Ross.The event was a good training exercise for Emma Penson in fourth with David Johnson fifth and Margaret Thompson sixth.

Experienced BADAC veteran Geoff Johnson assisted less experienced runners in the strong wind, pacing Sanjiv Jain, John Gleadell and Zola Tuntulwana to the finish of the 5k fun run.

On Saturday, the next in the series of junior cross country matches will be held at the B-Hive Athletics Centre on Punchbowl Lane, with races for under seven, nine, 11 and 13 starting at 10am with registration from 9.30am.