THE CLAYBURY cross country course was relatively dry last weekend which
pleased Thurrock’s 17 veteran athletes who competed for the Essex Vets
Mick Bumstead and Pat Dobbs added to their already large collection of
County medals. Mick won a bronze in the MV60 age group and Pat took the
silver in the MV70 section. Mick was beaten by the world class veteran
Dave Butler, who also beat the whole 50+ section and by Dave Cox from
Woodford who has been a top class runner for over 40 years.
The women’s section needed 1 more runner to finish in the first 30 to
pick up team medals but recent injuries have decimated their numbers.
The 3 who did compete ran very well. Jodie Farrell was in contention
for the bronze medal in the FV45 section until the last mile of the
race. Then a shoe lace malfunction delayed her and caused her to drop
back to 4th. She finished 17th overall in the ladies race. Amy
Trencher, a recent recruit, ran outstandingly well to finish 20th. Sam
Tuck also had a mishap in the shoe department which lost her several
places. Nonetheless her 28th position was a pleasing performance.
Scott Rice was a class act in the MV40 section finishing 11th in a very
strong field. The team was an encouraging 5th and included John Green
20th, Don Lawless 32nd and newly rejoined Paul Green 37th.
Schoolteacher, Toby Draper, making his debut for the club, can take
satisfaction from his 58th position. The club’s other finisher was
Mohammed Allili was 75th.
Eamonn Shelley, a full county runner in his
day, led home the over 50s in 11th place. The top 10 over 50s from
Essex would make most National teams such is their strength. Other
finishers were Jon Metcalf 24th, Mick Bumstead 30th, Phil Oatham 46th,
Bernie Johnson 54th. The team was 7th in the MV50 section.
This weekend all sections of the Club’s endurance athletes compete in
the 3rd round of the Essex Cross Country League. The event is at
Hylands Park, Chelmsford and follows the usual timetable.