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Speedy Diana Wakefield is first back for Notfast Running Club in East Midlands cross country

By Connor Thompson

Diana Wakefield was first back for Notfast Running Club as the East Midlands Cross Country competition returned for 2019.

Wakefield finished a second under 23 minutes, in the first race of the four-part series that started at Bramcote Hills Park, Nottingham.

Thirty-one members turned out to the event, which sees ladies run one lap (4.4km), while the men run two (8.8km).

Notfast at Bramcote Park - EMXC1 (6349588)
Notfast at Bramcote Park - EMXC1 (6349588)

Wakefield was followed by ever presents Janet Davies in 25-02 and Kimerely Etherington-Bates in 26-30.

Angela Brown (29-30) and Breeze Rowlands (29-50) also finished before the 30-minute mark.

The other finishers were: Amy Borril (30-06) Fay Patterson (31-33) Maria Brambles (32-46) Sue Needham (33-30) Cathy Clarke (34-09) Laura Smith (37-08) Sarah Walker (37-09) Jill Fowkes (37-10) Madaline Combie (42-28) Netty Stevens (45-10) Gill Goode (45-10) and Zoe Smith (45-39).

In the men’s race, Damian Davies was first home for the club, crossing the finish line in 39-44.

Adrian Dix was second in, finishing in 45-43.

The majority of male runners finished between 50 and 60 minutes, as they found their stride after the festive break.

Men’s results; Andrew Rowlands (52-15) Simon Lock (52-20) Jeremy Reichelt (53-30) Steven White (53-34) Jim Lovett (53-55) Martin Dickinson (53-58) Richard Borril (56-04) Alexander Combie (57-10) Steve Needham (59-02) David Gill (60-20) Cliff Robinson (63.45) and Andy Watts (one lap 36.21).

Race two will take place on Sunday at Holme Pierrepont.

Part three and four of the East Midlands event are on the first and third weekends of February.

The Nottinghamshire AAA championship also returned with the start of the new year and four members took on the challenge.

Racing at Wollaton Park, Steven White and Simon Lock ran together and finished 10k in 48-22 and 48-24 respectively, while Etherington-Bates (36-03) and Rachel Sheldrake (39-47) ran 8k and finished no more than four minutes apart.

Lewis Hopkinson led the line as three Newark Striders runners competed in the AAA cross country.

NEWARK STRIDERS at the East Midlands Cross Country, Bramcote Hills Park. (6418800)
NEWARK STRIDERS at the East Midlands Cross Country, Bramcote Hills Park. (6418800)

Hopkinson finished in 36-30, while Noel Henderson (42-12) was fourth in the 55-64 age group, and Peter Davis (44-11) came third in his (65-74 years).

The Striders were also out in numbers for the East Midlands Cross Country event as 31 runners turned up for the hilly challenge.

In the women’s race, Philippa Clarke was back first for the club in 24-38, beating the 25-minute mark, while Nicola Bradley (25-48) and Dawn Hollingworth (28-52) beat the 30-minute mark.

Results of the other club finishers are as follows: Karen Illsley (30-27) Chris Cregg (30-41) Mary Swindles (30-51) Tracey Partridge (31-16) Kath Scott (31-23) Clare Stainton (31-49) Lesley Butlin (31-49) Nicole Henderson (32-27) Anthea Moisey (32-56) Jenny Palmer (33-22) Lynne Boby (33-57) Stacey Atkins (34-22) and Ann Clay (35-43).

Jan Bailey was first back for the club in the men’s heat, crossing the line in 33-40.

Simon Roberts (41-51) finished just short of the 40-minute mark, and he was followed by Simon Palmer and David Cross, a paring who ran together and finished within six seconds of each other, crossing in 46-04 and 46-10 respectively.

Peter Davis (48-40) was next in and was followed by Andrew Vosper (50-12) Gary Tasker (50-59) Richard Spurr (53-02) Steven Padgett (54-03) Andy Scott (54-16) Andy Sirrs (55-47) Stephen Tomlinson (56-59) Jason Priest (59-50) and Dan Arkwell (61-21).

Noel Henderson, started the run, but did not finish.

Elsewhere, Steve Gurd ran solo in the Virtual Live 10K in Nottingham and finished well clear of the hour mark, in a time of 52-15.

As the parkruns returned after a festive break, Dianne Kennett smashed her personal best as she gears up for a successful year of running.

With new year resolutions and the aim of becoming fitter, faster and stronger on the minds of many at this time of a year, Notfast saw 37 members take part in three courses over Saturday and Sunday.


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