Cooke turns up the heat in league opener

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St Edmundsbury Pacers took 12 runners to compete in the first Wednesday League race held at Barnham.

An in-form Chris Cooke had a cracking run and finished seventh in the men’s race, with Andy Taylor finishing in 10th and Julian Long 15th.

Ian Gooderham, Chris Perry and Peter Bird were quick to follow in 29th, 30th and 32nd respectively, while Adam Clarke made an impressive debut, crossing the line in 37th place.

Meanwhile, Mike Troup was back in action, finishing in 45th place overall.

Jo Coates had a steady run in the ladies’ race, closely followed by Emily Gooderham in eighth place overall as Trish Goulden made a welcome return with an 11th-place finish overall and Eloise Bird had a great run to finish 20th overall.

Great Yarmouth Road Runners hosted the second race of the season at Fritton Park, again with some solid displays.

Cooke, again impressed, going two better at this venue, finishing fifth overall, while Bird showed great consistency with another 32nd-place finish overall.

Troup had a strong run to finish 34th overall, an impressive improvement of 11 places as Clarke had to settle for 44th place.

For the ladies, Bird led the way with a much-
improved 17th place, while Cathy Lambert made a welcome return to the league, finishing in 20th place.

This was followed with the third race of the series, this time held at the University of East Anglia.

Again Cooke demonstrated his recent form, storming to sixth place, and was closely followed by Jon Lockwood, finishing his debut Wednesday League race in an impressive eighth position.

Bird had another consistent run in 34th place, while Troup and Clarke finished 56th and 60th overall.

In the ladies’ race, Jo Coates had another steady run, claiming 16th, one place behind Bird, with Lambert in 23rd.