CROSS COUNTRY: Spree of fine finishes for Harriers

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Athletes from Bourne Town Harriers were out in force at two different events last weekend – and once again they did the club proud.

The final round of the North Midlands Cross Country League at Nottingham on Saturday and the fourth Frostbite League event at March on Sunday both counted towards the Harriers’ junior and senior series.

The athletes were faced with a testing course at Wollaton Park near Nottingham, which is also the venue for the National Cross Country Championships – to be held at the end of February.

The junior team were low in numbers due to school events on the same day, but they all represented the club well. They were ably led out by Toby Everist in the under-13 boys’ event, as he finished in a time of 16.07 minutes to secure an overall North Midlands series position of 15th.

In the under-11 race, Alex Galpin finished in 27th place in 4.29minutes, followed by his brother Dan in 5.32minutes. The final junior athlete of the day was Elin James, who finished her race in 8.38 minutes to clinch 12th place overall in the North Midlands League (under-13 girls).

Meanwhile, two seniors and two veteran men took part in the combined junior, senior and vet men’s race.

Jonathan Palmer was the first Harrier home, completing the 10.4km course in 40.42mins to take 13th senior overall. Mick Howells was next to finish in 42.58mins, a result which gave him third place in the series for his age category (V50).

Phil Galpin’s time of 43.18mins, combined with his earlier results, gave him seventh place in the V45 category, while Richard Houghton was the final Harrier to complete the course in 50.37mins.

Conditions were tougher at March the following day, with icy patches all over the course.

For the juniors, Cameron Everist put in another great performance to finish second in a time of 7.46mins.

Next in was Beth Howells in 8.54mins, closely followed by Elin James (9.25mins) and Toby Everist (9.38mins).

In the five-mile senior race, Jonathan Palmer (30.59mins) made it two out of two for the weekend.

He was first home for the Bourne team in 29th place out of the 416 finishers.

Mick Howells was next to finish in 76th place, in a time of 32.59, while Suzie Brownlow – running only her second race for the club – was next to finish in 37.11mins.

She was followed by Frostbite League centurions Richard Pearson and David Grace.