Cross-country battles

A strong team from Thetford Athletic Club travelled to Stowmarket for the last Suffolk League Cross-Country meeting of the season.The juniors raced over a 3km course and the seniors 5km, in the pleasant and gently undulating surroundings of Haughley Park.

A strong team from Thetford Athletic Club travelled to Stowmarket for the last Suffolk League Cross-Country meeting of the season.

The juniors raced over a 3km course and the seniors 5km, in the pleasant and gently undulating surroundings of Haughley Park.

The event was the final one in a series of five races all run over different courses during the autumn and winter. Athletes have to compete in four to be eligible for a series prize. The junior teams finished the season in excellent positions, with the boys taking second place, and the girls' team third place.

Megan Norry was placed second overall in the U15 girls, Jason Higgins second overall in the U15 boys and Jonny Mead had an excellent season to finish first in the U17 boys.


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The senior men's team was placed eighth and the senior ladies fifth. Lucy Tyler finished the season in second position overall in the U17 ladies, with Sam Wing second overall in the senior ladies and Joe Kirton second overall in the U17 men.

A splendid set of results for the club's athletes.

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The individual results from the last race were as follows: In the U13 girls, Victoria Dolman finished seventh in 16:05 minutes closely followed by Molly Dyson in eighth place in 16:21. In the U15 girls, Megan Norry crossed the line in second place in 13:56.

In the U15 boys' race Jason Higgins finished in second place in 12:24, and Tom Busson was fifth in 14:00. Jonny Mead ran well in the U17 men's race to finish in first place in 12:07.

In the U17 ladies' race Lucy Tyler finished in second place in 41:52. In the U17 men's race Tom Francis was placed second in 34:08 and Joe Kirton fourth in 36:32.

Running in the senior women's race Sam Wing finished fourth in 45:54. In the Vet 40 class, Cliff Lear finished in 21st position with a time of 45:11, and in the Vet 45 Cliff Bailey was placed seventh in 38:08, followed by Nick Searle in ninth in 38:50, Richard Dolman in 18th in 43:46, and Tony Tyler 21st in 45:46.

In the Vet 50 men's, Phil Bower finished in fourth place in 38:22 and Tony Cantle 12th in 44:02. In the Vet 60+ men's Ray Keevil finished third in 46:24.

In the women's Vet 45 race Sandra Bower crossed the line in second place in 41:40, and in the Vet 50 Rita Norry finished in fourth place in 50:17.

Meanwhile, two of the younger juniors were competing in the West Norfolk Open Cross-Country competition held at Houghton Hall.

Both ran very well with Joe Smythe finishing in third place in the U9 boys' section in a time of 3:13 over 800m, and Millie Bales was placed fifth in the U11 girls' race over 1500m with a time of 7:34.

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