Mud galore was the order of the day at The Discovery Centre, Great Notley on Sunday, as Witham Running Club hosted the penultimate race in the 53-12 cross country league. The weather was bright and sunny, but the ground was waterlogged and boggy, as Mark Crittenden found when he took a tumble, landing full length in the mud. Despite this, he carried on running, finishing in 167th place. The Blue Vests managed to hold on to their fourth position in the league overall, with the men finishing in 3rd place and the ladies in 6th. Some strong running from the men saw all the scorers finish in the top 40, with Chris Warren 11th, Simon Dale 18th, Charlie Keitch 26th, Dave Goldsmith 29th, Michael Simmons 31st, Clive Thomas 35th, Dan Foster 36th and Russ Sharp 37th. The ladies were led home by Vicky Presland in 7th place, Karen Skene 37th, Janine Simpson 40th and Davina Swindell 46th. Other runners were Ben Ficken 42nd, Kevin Stevens 53rd, Malcolm Jarvis 71st, Mark Ross 78th, Rob Thorpe 82nd, Jamie Neill 96th, Paul Carlisle 97th, Phil Presland 105th, Scott Young 118th, Shawn Leek 124th, Clive Jones 127th, Andrew Fuller 133rd, Martin West 147th, Brian Telford 153rd, Del Godden 157th, Frank Gardiner 159th, Gary Hill 167th, Rebecca Cook 48th, Sam Godden 49th, Lorna Sharp 56th, Lex Carlisle 62nd, Lesley Fuller 63rd, Sue Sorrell 68th, Claire Reynolds 70th, Lynsey Apps 77th, and Sandra James 80th.
A good outing was had by the juniors as well. Newcomer Ben Disney stormed round the course to finish in 15th place. Katie Presland, finished 2nd in her age group again, in 38th place, followed by Milly Presland in 53rd. Michael Oates made a welcome and confident return in 54th with Harrison Leek following closely behind in 63th. Emily Cook ran a stronger race in only her second outing to come home in 80th place. Another record turnout of Juniors and our best score to date, placing us 7th in the league overall, with Katie Presland 3rd junior lady.