Garden City Runners trio claim Southern Counties title
PUBLISHED: 16:22 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:07 26 October 2009
GARDEN City Runners men s over 70s trio of Dennis Draper, Dave Beane and Don Corney were victorious at the Southern Counties Masters Cross-Country Championships. Dennis Draper led them home in fifth place in 33 minutes 17 seconds at the 6km course compe
GARDEN City Runners' men's over 70s trio of Dennis Draper, Dave Beane and Don Corney were victorious at the Southern Counties Masters Cross-Country Championships.
Dennis Draper led them home in fifth place in 33 minutes 17 seconds at the 6km course competition at Shuttleworth Park in Biggleswade.
Dave Beane came in sixth in 35 mins and Don Corney heroically turning out at the last minute despite a serious knee worry, finished ninth in 41 mins 03 secs.
With 20 points, the trio comfortably took the regional gold medals.
The win was a reminder of how strong the club is in the older age group categories.
Unlike tennis, gymnastics and football, where 30 is the normal retirement age, in distance running you can still be competitive well into the 70s and beyond.
Meanwhile, the GCR ladies were competing in the same event.
Caroline Hale ran an excellent race to finish 16th in 25 mins 38 secs.
That was less than 24 hours before running an equally excellent Watford Half Marathon in 1 hr 28 mins 40 secs.
Yvonne Jones was 41st in 27 mins 03 secs, whilst club runner Virginia Bird crossed the line in 47th place with 27 mins 25 secs.
Andrea Mann came home 60th with a time of 28 mins 18 secs, while Joy Allen finished 77th in 29 mins 52 secs.
In 90th place came Michelle Smith in 31 mins 08 secs, Avis Cowley was 109th in 33 mins 18 secs and Eleanor Draper crossed in 122nd position after clocking 35 mins 29 secs.
The team finished seventh of 20 clubs overall, against strong teams from the likes of Dulwich AC and Brighton Arena.
The FV45 trio of Yvonne, Virginia and Joy were 14th, 18th and 29th respectively and placed fifth of 11 in their category.
Earlier, the male 50s and 60s had been out over 10km.
Dave Desborough was GCR's leading supervet - 18th in a superb 36 mins 59 secs.
Steve Livingstone came home in 27th in 37 mins 41 secs, with Bernie Barnaby 60th in 40 mins 10 secs.
Dave Edwards crossed the line in 83rd place and Trace Allen 163rd completed the team that finished fifth of 28 behind strong squads from Peterborough and Oxford as well as the mighty Barnet & District.
On a bitterly cold day with an icy wind, the runners' spirits were lifted slightly by the blue sky and bright wintry sunshine.
The new course in the very scenic grounds of Old Warden and Shuttleworth College also played its part.
The gently rolling parkland was in sharp contrast to the mudbath of the senior championships at Uxbridge a week earlier.
But the temperature had dropped to Arctic again by the time the MV40 trio of Mark Heaney, Patrick Bird and Wayne Aylott completed their 10km in a solid 21st place out of 21 later in the afternoon.