Mud At Acklam As The Cross Country Season Gets Under Way

A dozen or so members competed in the first NYSD cross country fixture of the season at Acklam at the weekend on a course which was muddy and made even muddier by showers of rain before and during the races.  Ryan Coventry set the ball rolling in the U11 event, finishing a very good 12th in 8.11.  Jack Spence was 2nd in the U15 boys’ race in 10.23.Charlotte Sanderson also finished 2nd in the ladies’ race in 22.04 with Nicola Booth 26th in 27.36,  Hilary Coventry 41st in 29.39,  Pat Kirby 46th in 30.10 and Christine Burn 59th in 32.49.  In the men’s race, over double the distance, Stephan Tomaszewski, back running after a foot operation, finished 63rd in 47.06,  just pipping Merv Burn, 64th in 47.07,  Martyn Coy 99th in 51.15,  Graham Robinson 100th in 51.58,  Rob Burn 105th in 52.54 and David Goddard 122nd in 62.57.
Earlier in the day, on a beautiful morning at Richmond,  Nik Sutton-Haigh had a very good run to finish 232nd out of 422 runners with Ian Codling 389th in 65.28.
The previous weekend, also on a glorious day, the Sutton 10k took place over a largely flat but very scenic course at Sutton on Forest.  Graham Robinson lead club members home to finish 33rd in 43.12 out of a field of 274.  New member Steve Scott, entered as an unattached runner for this race, came 64th in 47.15 with Sonja van der Westhuisen 99th in 50.08 and her daughter Sune van der Westhuisen next, 130th in 52.53. Felicity Forrest, another new member, had a very good run to come 135th in 53.17 with Janet Balmain 169th in 56.38,  Lisa brown 181st in 57.52, Martyn Coy, running with his wife, Faith, 194th in 58.45 and Faith Coy 195th in 58.48, and Ian Codling 227th in 62.03.