GALLERY: Saint Edmund Pacers regain their Suffolk Winter League title

Cross country running in Nowton Park in Bury. The senior race.

Cross country running in Nowton Park in Bury. The senior race. - Credit: Archant

Saint Edmund Pacers regained their Suffolk Winter League title, following a dominant display on home turf at the last meeting, which they hosted at Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, last Sunday.

The Pacers had the leading men’s and ladies’ teams at the final race, to establish an overall winning margin of 137 points over the five-race series.

Ironically, the Bury club did not actually feature amongst the top five runners over the two-lap Nowton Park course.

Teenager Kieran McMorran, of Bungay Black Dog, pipped Ryan Ostler by just one second in an exciting finish to the senior event, which attracted a field of 176.

McMorran, who had won the fourth race on his home event at Bungay, clocked 30mins 16secs, winning a sprint for the line from Ostler, respresenting Ipswich Triathlon Club.

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Ostler had triumphed the previous weekend, in Ipswich JAFFA’s colours, at the 53-12 League (North-Essex equivalent of the Suffolk Winter League) at Hadleigh.

Ipswich Harriers’ Ross Fawcett was a minute adrift in third spot, securing the overall individual senior title in the process.

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Flying Shufflers’ Jim Last was fourth, and Harriers’ Ben Wharnsby fifth, before Tom Kingsnorth began the Pacers’ procession in sixth – followed by team-mates Colin Ridley and Glenn Douglas.

There was no surprise in the ladies’ race. Odette Robson has been in commanding form all winter, and she made it four wins from four league appearances in comfortable style.

Pacers’ Robson, an over-40 veteran, clocked 33.49 to win by a minute-and-a-half from runner-up Tammy Jordan, of Stowmarket Striders. Robson was only beaten by 16 men.

Rose Nicholson again proved to be the most consistent in the senior category. The Waveney Valley AC 28-year-old was third on the day, to top the final league standings in her age group.

In the final standings, Ipswich Harriers topped the men’s team rankings, while the Pacers were first in both the ladies’ and combined stakes.

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