Roadrunners take Road Race awards

First published in Sport

BOURTON Roadrunners celebrated a successful 2012 at the Gloucestershire Road Race Series awards ceremony.

Shona Crombie-Hicks and Steph Lane jointly took the senior open women’s title in Cheltenham.

Claire Harrison was first in the women’s veterans’ 35 and over category and Crombie- Hicks also took the 40 and over award.

There were second places for Steph Holton in the over 45s, Gill Carrick in the over 50s and Lynn Hudson in the over 55s.

Bourton’s Carrick, Crombie- Hicks, Harrison, Holton, Hudson, Alison Lane, Steph Lane, Lucy Walmsley and Beth Wynn won the women’s open team prize.

Crombie-Hicks, Harrison, Walmsley, Alison Lane, Carrick, Holton and Susan Hunt were awarded the veteran prize too.

The men also made their mark with Andy Chapple third in the open category and the veterans’ 45 and over.

Nigel Frith was second 40 and over, Tony Goodwill second 55 and over and Norm Lane third 65 and over.

The final Gloucestershire Cross-country League race of the season was at Plock Court, Gloucester, in muddy conditions over four laps.

Dennis Walmsley put in an outstanding display to finish in fifth position in the men’s race and first veteran 50 and over.

Andy McCoombes, returning from injury, was 111th and Norm Lane managed 127th and first over 65. The consistent David Pyne was 131st.

In the overall league, Walmsley was eighth and over 50s gold winner, Pyne 98th and Norm Lane 99th as well as over 65s silver medallist.

At the Mad Dog 10-kilometre race in Southport, Holton ran a lifetime best of 45 minutes 29 seconds.

The Threshold Winter 10k Series finale at Ilmington involved Bourton’s Niamh Shoemark and Hunt.

Shoemark had steadily improved her time but completed a 16-mile marathon training run on the eve of the race.

However, she surprised herself by finishing in a quickest time yet of 48.06 for first women’s veteran 45 and over and second female overall in the series, while Hunt clocked a finishing time of 52.31.

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