A windy cross country!

Ipswich JAFFA running club hosted race 4 of the 53-12 cross country series on Sunday 11th January in the grounds of Suffolk Food Hall. It was a dry but cold and blustery day for this race, with the twists and turns of the course meaning the wind was against runners as often as it was behind them. GBRC had their biggest junior start to date, with 11 runners turning out, two of them for their first race. Sisters Katie and Milly Presland were first to cross the line for the Blue Vests, with Milly being first under 11 girl. They were followed by Michael Oates, Harrison Leek, Ben Lyon, Hallie Booty, Oliver Hill (first race), Emily Cook, Eve Cook, Megan Iddon (first race) and Amy Apps. The junior team finished in 7th place for the race and 8th place in the league.

The mens team finished the race in 4th place and the women in 5th, keeping hold of our 5th place overall, just 3 points behind Harwich. Runners were Shawn Leek, Graham Semple, Darren Horner, John Booty, Martin West, Martin Owen, Gary Hill, Mark Crittendon, Chris Warren, John Bush, Luke Groves, Harvey Lyon, Mark Ross, Patrick Reynolds, Kevin James, Michael Simmons, Charlie Keitch, Russ Sharp, Kieron Hayes, Rob Thorpe, Ben Ficken, Dave Goldsmith, Scott Crawley, Darren Willey, Rodger Alexander, Paul Carlisle, Vicky Presland, Linzi Iddon, Willow Carlisle, Lex Carlisle, Rebecca Cook, Sue Sorrell, Sophie Apps, Rachel Giles, Claire Groves, Anna Lyon, Barbara Law, Anna Mills, Claire Reynolds, Sandra James, Marion Simmons, Claudia Keitch, Lorna Sharp, Caroline Searle, Anthea Colsell and Davina Swindell.

Debbie Cubberley ran the Battersea Park 10k on the same day, clocking 54:33, a new PB and a bronze club standard.

At the Colchester  Parkrun, John Bush scored a pb in 30:12, Martin Owen finished in 25:09, Lee Clarkson 24:18, Chusa Bautista Fructuoso 26:09 and Scott Young 25:07.