Wednesday, January 19, 2005

MENZIES MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW

Colin Menzies, representing Dunbar Running Club, has made it two wins
in the last two Borders District Cross Country races. His first
victory came at Galashiels on the 19th December 2004. He then
repeated this feat by winning the very next race in the series on
Sunday 16 January 2005 at Berwick-Upon-Tweed. This puts Colin in a
very strong position in the overall Senior Adult competition, needing
just one more good finishing position to clinch the overall title.
Other results from the Berwick race include Ian Rowland and Ian Sills
both finished inside the top ten, Rowland 6th and 2nd Adult Veteran
and Sills 8th and 4th Senior Adult. This has given Dunbar Running
Club a combined score of 15 points in the team event and leaves them
comfortably in overall 1st place for the series so far. Stuart Hay
recorded his best finishing position yet by taking 30th place overall
and, in the Adult Veteran category, 6th place. Anne Hay continues to
battle hard in the Ladies 40 + age group finishing in 49th place
overall and 2nd in her age group. In his return cross country season
for a number of years John Landells has made a significant impact on
the overall results for his age group by taking 52nd place and 2nd in
the 60+ category. Karen Page in her first cross country race this
season finished in 60th place overall and 5th in the Senior Ladies
category. Joe Bourhill was one place behind Karen in the overall
results but continues to dominate the 65+ age group having been the
leading athlete in the last two races. Clarissa Berry was again 3rd
in the Ladies Veterans category and 65th in the overall results. Bob
Wilson was 73rd overall and 3rd 65+ runner. This age group is very
competitive with Joe and Bob trading places with two other athletes
for the series winning position. Amanda Thortonsmith took 74th
overall position with husband Kevin just a few places behind in 77th
place. HELP continue to enjoy this series and had two senior runners
competing on Sunday. In his first race in the series, Sandy Wallace
was 26th overall with Paddy McDonald taking 50th place.

In the Junior race Dunbar's younger athletes were again well
represented. Lauren Smedley was 9th overall and 1st female 12/13 age
group. This makes it 4 wins out of 4 races for Lauren in her age
group and she is the only athlete in any of the age groups, Senior or
Junior, to have won all four races so far. Liam Barclay was 15th
overall and 8th male 14/15 year old with Toby Sherwood in 17th place
and just one place behind Liam in the same age group. Anna Dobson was
36th overall and 3rd female under 11 year old, Nicola Craig was 38th
and 5th female 12/13 year old. Abigail Twist and Daisy Sherwood took
40th and 41st overall places with Abigail 6th female under 11 year old
and Daisy 3rd female 14/15 year old. Abigail Bodson was 43rd overall
and 4th in her age group, 14/15 year olds. Lisa Menzies running for
HELP was 29th overall and 2nd female 14/15 year old.

Both adult and children runners train twice a week, on a Tuesday and
Thursday evening at Hallhill Healthy Living Centre, Dunbar. All
abilities and ages are welcome.