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Waveney Valley AC trio record impressive relay victory at Alex Moore event

PUBLISHED: 15:32 23 June 2017

The Waveney Valley AC team of (left to right): Samantha Lines, Chris Pimlott and Matt Jeffries on their way to victory at the Alex Moore relay event. Picture: Bill Kingaby

The Waveney Valley AC team of (left to right): Samantha Lines, Chris Pimlott and Matt Jeffries on their way to victory at the Alex Moore relay event. Picture: Bill Kingaby

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A magnificent mixed relay team triumph, a county age category champion, age category victories and personal best times were all part of a successful spell for Waveney Valley AC's senior athletes.

At the Alex Moore relay event, organised by Norfolk Gazelles in hot conditions, three club members formed a mixed ladies’ and men’s team with the aim to contest that category but ended up beating all the other 76 teams.

Samantha Lines ran the first leg of 2.2 miles in 13.04 then handed over to Chris Pimlott who ran a time of 27.12 for his 4.4m leg. Matt Jeffries then pulled the team into the lead with a speedy 23.22 for his 4.4m leg.

All three then ran together for the final 2.2m leg, which they completed in 13.17 for an overall time of 1:16.49, more than three minutes faster than the second-placed team Dereham Runners.

On a humid evening two members took part in a 400-strong field in the Framlingham five mile race, which incorporated the county championships. Bill Kingaby finished 149th in 36.11 and second in the M65+ age category but first eligible Suffolk runner so was awarded the county title.

Alan Richardson was 220th in 39.34 just three days short of his 70th birthday. He will be a formidable competitor in the 70+ age group.

At the Mike Groves Coltishall 10k David and Angela Mower scored a notable double success by finishing first in their respective age groups. David was 58th, first M60 in 44.44, and Angela 282nd, first F60 in 1:08.20. Billy Underdown ran a personal best 42.48 in 39th place and Camilla Darling was 181st in 54.28, also a PB.

A dozen members took part in the first race of this summer’s Bungay 10k series. Billy Underdown finishing 27th in 43.49 and Bill Kingaby 39th in 45.26. Next was Becky Langford in 60th in 47.20, more than two minutes faster than her previous best 10k. Bob Milner was 61st in 47.29 followed by: 68th Steve Gibbs 48.07, 110 Louise Harrod 53.45, 133 Phil Hazell 58.32, 137 Michaela Gooch 59.02, 157 Emma Branch 1:00.51 (PB), 158 Lisa Cone 1:00.53 (PB), 172 Sarah James 1:06.56 (PB) and 176 Mandy Roberts 1:08.39.

At the Wroxham 5k series Sam Lines set another personal best of 18.10 to finish 51st. Wayne Freeman was 200th in 21.01, Bill Kingaby 242nd in 21.49 and Jon Andrews 357th in 24.08.

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