Ickworth Park Race Report
The Suffolk XC County Championships for 2011 were held on Sunday at Ickworth Park. As ever the course is set out to test an athlete’s ability to the maximum as this event is held as a qualifier for the inter-county championships which will be held this year in March. The Joggers fielded a male and female team for the event and also had 2 members competing in the Junior team events. Peter Elsdon-Dean ran in the under 13 boys category finishing the 3km route in 15:31 with Charlotte Jones competing in the under 15 girls category to finish the 4km route in 22:00, both put in fantastic efforts for the club and gave their senior members inspiration for their events which followed.
The ladies contested a 6km route which was a 2 lap testing run negotiating streams, logs and hills throughout. First home for the club in 28:50 was Claudine Butler followed by Julia Midleton in 31:02 who was also winner of the Ladies Master V60 category, Carolynn Anderson crossed the line in 33:55 with Sue Stoten following closely in 34:05. The ladies team were 5th team overall.
The men have to tackle a 12km 2 lap route incorporating a similar course to that of the ladies but with ‘a field of doom’ which added the extra 6km to the course as well as additional difficult conditions. The course was a gruelling challenge with many of the participants grimacing after one lap with some of Suffolk’s top athletes struggling throughout. First home for the Joggers in 44:36 was Paul Holley who maintained the title of Male Master v40 for Suffolk and this accolade saw him also retaining the silverware he had handed in earlier in the day, Paul will now go to Birmingham in March to compete in the inter-county championships. Greg Davis put in a good performance to finish in 51:40 with Brian Munns running a strong race to finish in 54:04 just beating his teammate Steve Edwards who finished in 54:28. Jim Withers looked determined throughout the course and completed well under the hour in 57:01. Alan Goodenough and Dominic Doe also gained valuable points for the team finishing in 1:04:07 and 1:14:40 respectfully. The team were 5th men’s team overall.