Colchester 53-12 Cross Country Results

6 November 2016 - By Anita Grainger

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On a beautiful cold crisp sunny morning 42 WRC members (yes 42!) took part in the first cross country race of the 53-12 league in our bid to show we should remain in division A having been promoted last season. What a fantastic turnout! Conditions were firm underfoot and led to some fast times and great results being posted. Chris Martin and Anita Grainger posted unofficial 5 mile PBs beating their road racing times.

The ladies put in a solid performance coming 3rd out of the 6 teams and the men weren’t far behind coming 5th. Overall the club came 4th on aggregate although we were level with Harwich on placings (their men came 3rd & ladies 5th) however, Harwich were 54 points in front so took the 3rd spot overall, something for us to aim for in race 2.

Now onto the complicated bit…. although only the first 4 ladies and 8 men score here’s an example of how non scoring runners can affect placings;

The first 7 WRC ladies were in front of Springfield striders 2nd lady who came 53rd. The first 8 WRC ladies all came in front of the 4th placed Bentley lady who came 57th and 4th placed Harwich lady who came 58th. These ladies were scoring for their teams and our ladies pushed these scoring ladies down helping the club overall!

Great performances all round from everyone and credit should be given to our coaching team putting on challenging sessions for us all to work on.

Thanks also to our support crew of David Hunt, Emma Sweeney, Jo Smythe, Theresa Montgomery, Dave & Norma Jobling who cheered us on, collated results and generally looked after us at the finish!

Also thanks to Liz and Dawn for your lovely cakes and to Tracey for coffee!

The next race is on 4th December at Harwich. Let’s build on this solid start to our quest to show we should remain in division A. James & I look forward to seeing you ALL there!

Well done everyone, full results below


Hayley Ellen 15
Vicky Hunt 20
Liz Stuckey 24
Wendy Martin 37
Brigid Wallen 39 3rd V50
Charlotte Elms 51
Anita Grainger 52 3rd V45
Michelle English 55
Shelley Enders 88
Tracey Denby 113
Sasha Rush 118
Dawn Shilling 121
Becky Grimwood 126
Haydeh Savafi 127
Denise Smith 134
Kim Farren 136
Lynne Williams 146
Jane Noble 147
Chris Martin 28
Mark Finbow 29
Heydon Mizon 33
Scott Darney 43
Sean Darney 51
Stuart mills 83
Trevor Scott 89
Simon Scott 107
Mark Austin 111
Lee Pembroke 121
Tony Wallen 128
Alex Stuckey 146
Paul English 147
Phil Cherry 171
Sean O’Connor 173
Shawn Beckerleg 177
Bill Smythe 181
David Enders 186
James Montgomery 192
James Kennerley 193
Mark Williams 199
Geoff Reddin 228
David Toombs 236
Dave Beckerleg 240

Ladies & Mens’ Table

1 Colchester Harriers 62 1 Colchester Harriers 18
2 Ipswich Jaffa 160 2 Ipswich Jaffa 21
3 Harwich Runners 339 3 Witham 96
4 Springfield Striders 406 4 Great Bentley 133
5 Witham 463 5 Harwich Runners 166
6 Great Bentley 537 6 Springfield Striders 194

Overall League Table

1 Colchester Harriers 2 6 1 Colchester Harriers 6
2 Ipswich Jaffa 4 5 2 Ipswich Jaffa 5
3 Harwich Runners 8 4 505 3 Harwich Runners 4
4 Witham 8 3 559 4 Witham 3
5 Springfield Striders 10 2 600 5 Springfield Striders 2
6 Great Bentley 10 1 670 6 Great Bentley 1


Anita Grainger  & James Kennerley

Ladies & Mens Captains

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