Bourne Town Harriers athletes travelled the length and breadth of the area to compete in two important cross-country events on Sunday.
The main cohort made the shorter journey to Peterborough to compete in the second Frostbite league event of the year.
Pride of place must go to Claire Steels who was the first female in the 8k senior race in a time of 30:54. Steels finished in 56th out of a field of 505 athletes. The first Harrier to finish was Jonathan Palmer whose time of 28:39 put him in an excellent 20th place. Tony Gilbert finished in 45th and Joe Howells in 59th and a time of 31:05.
Mick Howells finished just outside the top 100 in an impressive time of 33:00. Brian Mclean was 147th followed closely by Phil Parker in 162nd. Tim Lister was 267th in a good time of 37:28 with Richard Pearson also breaking in to the top 300 in 288th place.
Beth Howells, the youngest female Harrier, continued to impress in the senior ranks, finishing in 292nd and one of her best times of 38:24. Victoria Cocking broke the 40-minute barrier by finishing in 305th position and a time of 38:58. Paul Beland won a personal battle with Mick Bates when they finished in 365th and 367th position respectively.
Penny Lamb was 410th, followed by David Grace in 417th. Eleanor Sherwin making her competitive Harrier debut finished in 461st and a time of 47:09. Victoria Bull finished the race in 463rd.
A field of 215 athletes took part in the junior event a race of about 1½ miles, Elin James was the first Harrier home in 71st place and a time of 9:54. Daniel Lawrance was next in 103rd and a time of 10:47.
Lewis Hammond finished an a very credible 146th with Alex Stubley in 173rd. Sian Manzur’s time of 12:52 earned her 183th place. Lewis Jackson finished his race in a time of 14:05 with Ben Moss just failing to finish under the 15 minute mark. Harry Cocking completed the event in 17:16
The second event was the second Lincolnshire League cross-country of the season. The conditions in Boston were not as benign as those in Peterborough. The rain was heavy and the conditions underfoot were treacherous. Four Harrier athletes competed in the junior races.
In the u11 race Roman Everist came home in a credible 7th place.
Not to be outdone, his brother Toby finished in an excellent 9th position in the boys u13 event. Big brother Cameron however took the family bragging rights when he was just beaten into 2nd place after a hard fought u17 boys race.
Molly Bennett continued to build on her success at the first event by finishing 3rd in the girls u15 race.