Beverley Wilson and Mick Jagger clinch top-three places in Cleethorpes Beach Terrain Cross Country Championships
TWO of the Grimsby-area's leading veteran runners clinched top-three positions in the 2012 edition of the Cleethorpes Beach Terrain Cross Country Championships.
Wolds Veteran Runners Club athlete Mick Jagger and Cleethorpes AC member Beverley Wilson both finished third in their races.
The contests took place on a cool and windy day on Cleethorpes Beach over a course featuring both soft and hard-packed sand.
The long straight heading in towards the finish, close to the leisure centre, was into a head-wind, providing an extra test for competitors.
In the combined senior, veteran and junior men's race, Nick Hardy from Birchfield took the win by 46 seconds from Kingston upon Hull AC's Gregan Clarkson. Jagger, of Laceby, was a further 37 seconds adrift, but was the first over-40 man home.
Cleethorpes AC took the prize for first team, thanks to Kevin Green (sixth), James Woodhouse (ninth) and Paul Evison (tenth).
In the senior, veteran and junior ladies' race, Wilson came a solid third behind Skyrac duo Rachael Bamford and Hannah Brown. Wilson was also the first veteran home.
Cleethorpes AC again took the top team prize, thanks to Wilson, Lisa Foster (fourth), and Pirjo Kivelainen (seventh).
Cleethorpes AC's Peter Boyd won the Under-13-boys' race, while fellow blue and golds Jamie Kirkham and Luke Nuttall were second and third in the Under-15 boys' contest.
Chelsey Ammari was third in the Under-15 girls' race – an event won by Louth AC's Elizabeth Hardcastle.
Jon Dollery took third in the Under-17 men's race, while Grimsby Harrier Lauren Bell was second in the Under-17 ladies' event.
Star performer for the Harriers was Henry Cullen, who ran a cracking race to win the Under-11 boys' event.
Second-placed Otto Ramsden, representing Signhills Academy, was closing fast, but Cullen had the determination to hold him off.
Grimsby Harrier Emily Barratt started out steadily in the Under-11 girls' race and on the home straight maintained third place by working hard, with fast-finishing team-mate Rowan Swinburn in close pursuit in fourth.