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Waveney Valley surge to the top

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 05 July 2010

Action from the race at Fritton Lake. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

Action from the race at Fritton Lake. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

A GREAT team effort from Waveney Valley Athletic Club members and friends was the overall verdict on Sunday at the second fixture in the Suffolk Winter Cross Country League, which was hosted by the club at Fritton Lake.

A GREAT team effort from Waveney Valley Athletic Club members and friends was the overall verdict on Sunday at the second fixture in the Suffolk Winter Cross Country League, which was hosted by the club at Fritton Lake.

It was a winning day for Waveney, it more ways than one, not only did the senior team leapfrogged to the top of the league with their marvellous performance which saw the men's team finishing in top spot and the ladies fourth which took the combined team to the top of the league.

The B team also moved up the league table to 10th place.

The club seniors made good of the advantage of having a home fixture in fielding a strong contingent of 23 runners.

Nine of the team finished in the top 35 which was an excellent achievement.

Carl Prewer led the way home for the club, he obviously found the tough conditions to his liking he finished very strongly crossing the line in fourth place.

Father and son duo of Robert and Samuel Cheverton were both in top form.

Samuel making his debut in the senior event finished an excellent fifth place, whilst dad Robert was not far behind in eighth place and first in this age group V50.

Paul Sullivan was also in good shape he continues to improve in finishing in 14th place.

Close on his heels was Mark Potter, who before the race ran round at least half of the course, to check everything was in order, still had the drive to push hard over the latter half of the race to clinch 16th place.

Dale Gowen (21st) Steve Barber (24th) James Maycock (29th) and new member Liam Gentry (34th) all packed in well resulting in finishing them claiming top spot on the day.

Bill Kingaby although falling victim to the slippery conditions, still managed to claim first place in his age group V55+ in clocking 42:28 in 57th place overall.

Elise Mann also made light work of the arduous conditions in finishing high up in the field in 55th place and to clinch first in her age group V35+.

Team mate Ann Millett also finished top in the V50+ category.

In the supporting junior race, Waveney juniors also impressed, with Alice Cheverton

Victory in the Girls U.13 section, she finished in 11th place overall with 13:50.

Kieran McMorran crossed the line in 5th place overall in 13:11 to take 2nd in the Boy's U.13 age group.

Jamie Finch and Megan Soanes also put in improved performances with Finch clocking 13:57 in 13th place overall and seventh in his age group, whilst Soanes' sprint to the line earned her third place in her age group the U.13's.

In the team positions the girls are in fourth place overall with 175pts the boys are sixth with 73pts.

As well as the great team effort from the runners, special mention must go to the team of hard workers who put in days of preparation in making this event so successful, Mark Potter, Phil Hazell and Mike Sharman for the hours they put in marking out the senior course and Peter Wicks and David Pimlott for setting out the junior course.

Thanks go to the officials, marshals, ladies who manned the refreshment stall and St. John Ambulance who were kept busy at the end in dealing with the numerous grazes.

Without their support the club would not be able to put on such events.

Also thanks to the Hon Hugh Crossley for letting the club use such a superb venue for their event.

Next fixture in the league will be hosted by Bungay Black Dog at Ditchingham on Sunday, November 16.

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