Farnham Runners Press Release - 16/12/07
Farnham Runners ended the racing year on a high point with a double victory in the Today's Runner Winter League cross-country that they staged from the Bourne Green on Sunday. Not only did the men’s and ladies teams both come first, assuring them of top slot out overall of the 18 participating clubs, but the club could also boast the highest number of both men and lady runners. A huge turn out of members, relatives and friends worked together to organise and marshal the race, as well as provide food afterwards (including a sumptious display of cakes).
The renowned hills of the Farnham 4.8 mile course are also a draw for cross-country enthusiasts and almost 280 assembled at the start for instructions of race director, Charles Ashby. Craig Berryman of Havant AC was first to finish in an excellent 27mins.32secs with Andy Simpson of Stubbington Green Runners (28.00) just winning the battle for second place over Jason Harris of Farnham Triathlon Club (28.13).
The first three ladies were Polly Keen of Havant AC (30.42), Georgina Gair of City of Portsmouth AC (31.00) and Michelle Quaid of Midhurst Milers (31.08).
It was the close packed finishing of the Farnham Runners teams that put them top. The men’s score for the first five runners home was only 83, although Stubbington Green Runners came close on 86 with Hart Road Runners third on 126. Michael Rix led them in (11th) followed by Andy Eakins (13th), Mark Taylor (15th), Steve Kitney (19th) and Bob Brimicombe (25th).
Sarah Edson headed the ladies’ team with an impressive fourth place out of 91 ladies. Angela Epps snatched a very valuable 7th in this increasingly competitive series while Jane Georghiou (12th) completed the total of 23 points, again just 3 ahead of the second team, this time Midhurst Milers, with Liss Runners 3rd.
Other Farnham Runners positions
Men: Colin Addison 35, Dave Armstrong 45, Steve Murphy 49, Mike Ashworth 54, Andy Tweed 57, Tim Cummins 72, Paul Beesley 82, Martin McCrossan 88, Nick Hitchcock 90, Matt Burns 99, Mike Walberton 100, Alan Froud 105, Howard Inns 113, Richard Cieslik 120, Phil Masters 128, Steve Payne 133, Hillary Carter 153, Mike Perrett 160, Richard Sheppard 167, Peter Strange 174.
Ladies: Lindsay Bamford 26, Lisa Smith 38, Julia Redford 41, Kim Mepsted 49, Caroline Wharton 52, Caroline Freeman 58, Tori Shaw 70, Shirley Perrett 71, Emma Doven 72, Helen Cathie 73, Carol Plater 75, Sue Goater 76.