Men's Herts County Cross Country Results

PUBLISHED: 11:20 22 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 26 October 2009

FRONT RUNNER: GCR’s Kevin Skinner ahead of Dave Mitchinson

FRONT RUNNER: GCR's Kevin Skinner ahead of Dave Mitchinson

Skinner leads GCR s men to team triumph A WINNING performance by Kevin Skinner guided Garden City Runners men to victory in the Herts County Cross-Country Championships for only the second time in the club s history. Skinner beat a strong field

Skinner leads GCR's men to team triumph

A WINNING performance by Kevin Skinner guided Garden City Runners' men to victory in the Herts County Cross-Country Championships for only the second time in the club's history.

Skinner beat a strong field, including former national half marathon champion Dave Mitchinson and Neilson Hall, the brother of Herts Phoenix's GB international Elizabeth, to first place at Hertford Heath.

The event was held in the scenic grounds of Haileybury College over a distance of 11km, with four laps through undulating woodlands and grassy fields.
 
GCR saw their top six competitors romp home with 92 points, ahead of runners-up St Albans Striders with 136.
 
They were helped in no small way by Skinner, running second claim for his old club, who won the race in a fantastic time of 37 minutes 12 seconds.
 
He finished ahead of his Newham & Essex club colleague Mitchinson for the first time.

The pair had been neck and neck for much of the race and Skinner only pulled away coming into the final bend, the margin at the end being just three seconds.

After crossing the finishing line, he said: "I was really pleased with how the race went, although it was a pretty tough course.

"I've been coached by Billy Dee for over a year and a half now and train with Dave, who Billy also coaches.

"Billy's gradually been upping my training and the hard work is really paying off."

Matt Robins was ninth for GCR in exactly 41 minutes and for once was happy with his run. He took advantage of the good grip afforded by his spikes to let go on full speed on the steep downhill sections in the woods.

Mark Dickinson was next home for GCR in 13th place, crossing the line 38 seconds later.

Simon Mace crossed the line in 21st place in 43 mins 31 secs, with Laurence Pidcock just one place and five seconds behind.

Steve Livingstone grabbed the final A team spot, finishing 26th in 43 mins 54 secs in his first race as a male vet 50 runner.

More excellent performances came from Andy Holt in 28th (44.01), Bruce Judge 32nd (44.28) and Russell Casey 36th (46.06).

A record turnout from the GCR men saw the Welwyn club's B team place sixth and the C team 10th out of 12 complete teams.

The pleasant wintry sunshine may have helped, but much credit should go to Steve Livingstone.

His tireless efforts in promoting the event within the club, constant encouragement of members and unshakeable belief in their capability aided the club in becoming the dominant cross-country force in Herts.

Other GCR finishers were: 48th Sean Bowen 47.37; 49th Markus Allen 47.42; 51st Dave Bolas 47.45; 60th Patrick Gallagher 50.05; 61st Rob Casserley 50.10; 65th Dave Edwards 51,23; 69th Steve Williams 51.51; 75th Richard Hung 52.42; 90th Nick Davis 56.29; 94th Mick Bowe 57.28; 103rd Michael Wise 61.09; 106th Peter Sawko 63.38; and 107th Dave Beane 68.34.

# Lee Reynolds was Herts Phoenix's first male runner home in the senior men's race in 12th spot.

Michael Tarpey was four places behind in 16th as the Phoenix team came fourth.

Happy Easter beats Bryn

A HERTS Phoenix athlete was runner-up in the Under-20 men's county cross-country race at Haileybury College.

The 8km competition was won by St Albans School pupil Dominic Easter, who followed up last year's U17 men's victory with a winning time of 27 minutes 48 seconds around the picturesque grounds of the Hertford Heath venue.

Phoenix runner Bryn Reynolds took the county silver almost two minutes behind Easter and with Peter Townsend and Richard Tarpey guided the Gosling-based club to second in the team event.

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