EXETER CROSS COUNTRY 3 DEC 17

Well done to the 13 penguins who competed and performed well for the club in the 3rd race of the Charles Stanley.

CROSS COUNTRY – EXETER 3 DEC 17

The 3rd race of the 6 event Charles Stanley Westward Cross Country League took place close to the Exeter Arena and incorporated the Devon County Championships.

The weather conditions were close to ideal with it being mild and no wind to speak of, however the same could not be said for conditions underfoot which over much of the course were extremely muddy and made it tricky in places to get a grip if the athlete was not wearing at least a 12mm spike or sturdy off-road shoes.

As with the previous 2 league races, there were some outstanding performances in both the senior races. The ladies event, which was just short of 6K, saw Torbay’s Charlie Arnell take the victory with a splendid time of 22 minutes.40 seconds, but she had her work cut out on the run in as Cornwall ACs international athlete Emma Stepto was just one second behind after making up close to 200m on the final lap. Leading the Newquay Road Runners (NRR) ladies home was April Hogg whose fine run of 26.23 earned her a very respectable 38th position overall. The NRR ladies veteran team of Jo Herd, Tracy McKenzie and Sarah Hill performed well, as a result the club’s veteran ladies are now in 4th place out of 50 teams. There were 171 who managed to complete the tough 6K course 8 of whom were representing NRR, positions and times were as follows:

Position
Name
Time
38th
April Hogg
26.23
43rd
Jo Herd
26.41
72nd
Leigh Spencer
28.16
91st
Tracy McKenzie
29.22
110th
Sarah Hill
31.07
134th
Samantha Jayne
33.52
136th
Lucy Hewitt
34.47
166th
Louise Cooke-Davies
36.00

The men’s race, of 5.3 miles, like the ladies event, was top class and the lead changed hands on numerous occasions in the early stages, with the eventual winner, as in 2016, being North Devon’s Phil Norman in a superb time of 28.59 Craig Webster led the NRR team home in splendid style finishing 66th overall in 35.20. The men’s veteran team of Webster, Andy Davis and Steve Rendle, like the club’s ladies, also performed well to improve their veteran team league position where they now lie 4th out of the 40 teams. There were 177 who managed to cross the finish line and 5 of these were representing NRR, times and positions were as follows:

Position
Name
Time
66th
Craig Webster
35.20
104th
Andy Davis
37.39
116th
Steve Rendle
38.31
122nd
Wayne Glanville
42.42
171st
Kevin Burnett
50.44

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