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Young runners star in Herefordshire Cross Country League at Dinedor
5:30pm Wednesday 31st October 2012 in Sport
TWO young runners took the honours when the Herefordshire Cross-Country League launched their 2012-13 season on a new 6.4-mile course at Dinedor organised and designed by Hereford Triathlon Club. Eliot Taylor recorded his first league victory in style, while Clara Evans won the women’s race comfortably. Wye Valley Runners scored narrow team wins in both the men’s and women’s events. Hereford Couriers’ 21-year-old Taylor and Wye Valley Runners’ 25-year-old Summer League champion Luke Mason led the early charge and were locked in battle as they increased their lead over the rest of the field. Mason opened up a gap with about three kilometres remaining, but Taylor maintained his composure and gradually closed order before unleashing a devastating extended sprint finish to register a resounding victory. Taylor punched the air in delight as he crossed the finish line to register his first league success just a week after celebrating victory in the prestigious Worcester Beacon Race. Mason had to settle for second place, with Wye Valley’s consistent veteran John Pullen third to help their team to victory, well supported by a resurgent former league champion Mike Fawcett in fifth and Alan Lewis in 12th. Taylor was well backed by another former league champion Matt James in fourth place plus Richie Bamford in 11th and yet another former champion, Russell James, returning to form with 13th place to help Couriers to second team position. Croft Ambrey took third place thanks to Stacey Morgan (seventh), Mark Lamonby (ninth), Simon Norwood (10th) and Glyn Williams (17th). Hereford & County AC’s 18-year-old student Clara Evans again ran a dominant race in the women’s event and led from gun to tape to win by a massive two-minute margin. Croft Ambrey’s Wales international Sue Davies overhauled Wye Valley’s Katherine King in the final stages to take an impressive second place. King was backed by a returning Jane Rowlands (fifth) and Becci Ansfield (ninth) as the Wye Valley women also attempt to retain their league team title. Hereford Triathlon Club took second team honours thanks to Kylie Mansfield’s excellent fourth place backed by newcomer Anne Dobson (eighth) and Jenny Papworth (11th). Davies, Linda Smith (sixth) and Sam Harper (17th) helped Croft Ambrey to third. The second race is at Croft Castle on Sunday, November 11.
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