Bourne Town Harriers’ Palmer pulls weekend double out of bag for winter series

Bourne Town Harriers Jonathan Palmer passing Wollaton Hall
Bourne Town Harriers Jonathan Palmer passing Wollaton Hall

Bourne Town Harriers competed in two rounds of the junior and senior winter series at the weekend.

The final round of the North Midlands Cross Country League match was at Nottingham on Saturday, followed the next day by the fourth of six Frostbite League events at March.

The athletes were faced with a testing course at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, which is also the venue for the National Cross Country Championships to be held at the end of February.

The junior team were low in numbers due to school events on the same day but all represented the club well, ably led out by Toby Everist in the Under 13 Boys. He finished in 16.07 mins to give him an overall North Midlands series position of 15th.

In the Under 11 race, Alex Galpin finished in 27th in 4.29, followed by his brother Dan in 5.32. The final junior athlete of the day was Elin James, who finished her race in 8.38, earning her 12th overall in the North Midlands League for Under 13 girls.

Two seniors and two vet men took part in the combined junior, senior and vet men’s race with Jonathan Palmer being the first Harrier home, covering the 10.4km course in 40.42, finishing 13th senior overall.

Mick Howells was next to finish in 42.58, which gave him the series third place for his age category (V50). Phil Galpin’s time of 43.18, combined with his earlier results, gave him seventh in the V45 category, and Richard Houghton was the final Harrier to complete the course in a time of 50.37.

The following day at March, early icy conditions made for tricky footing in places for the eight juniors and five seniors taking part.

For the Juniors, the first six athletes came home in series order with Cameron Everist putting in another great performance to finish second in a time of 7.46. He leads the Bourne Town Harriers junior series for the boys with three events to go.

Next in was Beth Howells in 8.54. She leads the girls’ series, followed by Elin James (9.25), who is second in the girls’ series, and Toby Everist (9.38) who is second for the boys.

The next Harrier across the line was Molly Bennett, who showed great courage and determination to finish despite a nasty fall on the course which needed medical treatment after the race. Molly is in bronze medal position for the girls.

Daniel Lawrance finished in 11.07 and fills the last medal spot for the boys, followed by Alex Stubley, who has shown a marked improvement over her last two races, and Maisie Brownlow, who finished just a few seconds later.

In the five-mile senior race, Jonathan Palmer made it two out of two for the weekend, running strongly throughout but leaving enough for a sprint at the end to finish 29th out of the 416 finishers in 30.39. Jonathan leads the Harriers Winter Senior Series for the men with six events to go.

Mick Howells, who is second in the series, was next to finish in 76th place, in a time of 32.59.

Suzie Brownlow, running only her second race for the club, was next in, with a time of 37.11, followed by Frostbite League Centurions Richard Pearson and David Grace.

Although not running the Frostbite race, Richard Houghton currently holds the bronze medal place in the Harriers Winter Series for the men, the ladies medal positions being occupied by Karen Clark (gold), Claire Steels (silver) and Victoria Cocking (bronze).

A small number of the Senior Harriers are due to take part in the Folksworth 
15 mile event on Sunday, with the next race for both the juniors and seniors being the fifth round of the Frostbite League on February 2.

This is hosted by the Harriers and takes place in Bourne Woods.