15 Oct 2012

North Wales Cross Country League.

Claire Martin strode to victory in the ladies race at the first North Wales Cross Country League race of the season at Treborth Playing Fields, Bangor. In very muddy conditions over a good half of the course the Telford Athletic Club, British Masters Champion crossed the finish line in 24.31 exactly one minute clear of Oswestry's Alison Lavender, last years league champion and recent winner of the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon. Beckie Taylor from host Bangor University was third whilst Shrewsbury's Claire Burgoyne made a successful return to cross country finishing 4th. Telford AC's Michelle Clarke in 11th was the next Shropshire finisher and first over 40 in 28.20. LIsa Blagden was the next Telford AC finisher in 27th in 31.49 whilst Sarah Tatton completed her first ever North Wales League race in 42nd, the 5th under 17 runner in 33.28. Sharon Clayton completed the line up finishing 53rd out opf a field of 79 finishers in 34.47. Telford AC won Division 2 with Shrewsbury AC 3rd , Whitchurch Whippets 9th and Telford Harriers making their debut in the league in 11th. Telford AC were the winners of the Lady Masters Team with 22 pts, just ahead of second placed Eryri on 24 pts. Oswestry were 6th and Shrewsbury 9th.

Telford AC athlete Ryan Heath from Wellington, was the second highest Shropshire finisher 21st in 40.03 and the 6th under 20. Rob Samuel, was the very impressive Eryri winner who stormed away from the rest of the field over a very demanding 4 and a half lap course winning in 35.04 almost 2 minutes clear.  Telford AC's team captain Jamie Davies was the club's next finisher in 27th ( 41.12 ) as the 11 strong Telford AC mens team finished 3rd overall with 233 pts in Division 1, well behind the clear winners host club Eryri with just 84 pts whilst Shrewsbury AC finished 6th. Telford AC were 3rd in the Masters team race.  Peter  Plant was the next TAC man to finish in 41st, 3rd over 50 in 42.59 with John Garmson 45th in 43.14  Stephen Reid making his North Wales League debut for Telford AC was the next home in 49th position in 43.24. Sharing the same time but in 50th position was the second member of the Tatton family to finish brother Dave. Club treasurer Steve Jones was the next club finisher in 66th, 45.26. Matt Shenton made his Telford AC debut running his first cross country race since school in 99th in 49.56 with  Paul Sanderson 101st in 49.59. Gavin Bridge was also making his TAC debut finishing 111th in 50.49. Nigel Tatton from St Georges, was the third member of the Tatton family to finish as dad came home in 133rd position in 55.46 out of a field of 145 finishers.

The next North Wales Cross Country League race is being held at St David's College, Llandudno on Saturday 20th October.

Paul Sanderson.

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