Sunday 5th November was obviously a date to remember for Lowestoft Road Runners with 40 members, consisting of 15 ladies and 25 men, heading down the A12 to Framlingham Castle for the opening fixture of the Suffolk Winter Cross Country League. For many this was the first time running Cross Country and their first time running in club colours too.
Final positions were as follows:
For the Ladies: Colleen Nicole Mukuya (first lady) 41st, Karen Archbold 212th, Tracy Prewer 222nd, Nadine Hesseltine 231st, Susan Perry 264th, Jo Bisset-Smith 291st, Amanda Smith 307th, Cat Fletcher 332nd, Debra Kay 343rd, Marie Ayers 373rd, Vanessa May 383rd, Gina Warford 464th, Claire Collier 486th, Jo Clark 488th, Su Wilson 493rd.
In the men's contingent: Carl Prewer 16th (first in his age group), Paul Lyon 36th, Arron McKoy 48th, Tom Galley 61st, Martin Farr 73rd, Simon Cook 74th, Lee Gooderham 99th, Robert Cheverton 101st (first in his age group), Jonathan Payman 103rd, Bernard Mukuya 106th, Aaron Shrimpton 129th, Gary McDonald 142nd, Neil Wood 163rd, Matthew Reynolds 204th, Shaun Kay 218th, Tom Spalding 226th, Ian Marshall 227th, Allan Ing 237th, Ian Chilley 252nd, Mark Elflett 267th, Philip Ayers 270th, Simon Bunting 283rd, James Crisp 297th, David Graham 314th.
These results see Lowestoft Road Runners starting the league in a strong position with the team standings as follows: Mixed A team 6th, mixed B 4th and the mixed C team also currently standing 4th. The women’s A, B and C teams the standings are 4th, 2nd and 2nd respectively and the men’s 9th, 7th and 5th.
Sadly Shaun Crowley had to pull out of the event due to an existing injury causing difficulties. The club are now looking towards the next fixture on 3rd December in Woodbridge and hoping for an equally strong, if not stronger attendance.