Delo storms to victory in final Suffolk Winter League race

STOW STOPPING THEM: Stowmarket Striders (fluorescent vests) topped the team rankings in the Winter League after Sunday
STOW STOPPING THEM: Stowmarket Striders (fluorescent vests) topped the team rankings in the Winter League after Sunday
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Mac Delo blew the opposition away in the final race in the Suffolk Winter Cross County League series at Nowton Park on Sunday.

The West Suffolk Athletics Club (WSAC) runner led the race from the gun and covered the 5.5-mile course in 31 minutes and 17 seconds – finishing more than a minute clear of the rest of the 176-strong field.

Stowmarket Striders took the overall team trophy after hosts of the fifth and final race, Saint Edmund Pacers, saw Odette Robson, who had won her last race at Bungay, come second lady to Saxons’ Kirsty Addy.

Kevin Vaughan was the Pacers’ leading man in 19th position.

Having dominated this league in recent years, the Pacers were not as strong this season, eventually finishing seventh in the team standings.

West Suffolk, who had a team of seven in the senior race and two in the newly-introduced under-11s event, saw 16-year-old Michael Bartram battle round to fifth in 33.25.

He was closely followed by a steadily.improving Tom Eames in sixth in 33.29, while Rob Smailes was forced to pull out while well placed.

The Pacers’ Chloe Jennings came in 10th spot for the ladies, while Maureen McCarthy led home a trio of WSAC female runners in 34th overall, fourth female and first veteran over 50 (V50), clocking 38.02.

Next was Christine Anthony, 54th overall, sixth female and second V50. Katie Duncan finished 92nd overall, 13th female and fifth junior woman.

In the supporting junior race, WSAC’s Thomas McCarthy had a superb run to eighth overall and second under-13 boy.

Claudia Spencer-Hall went one better, finishing an excellent fifth girl and first under-13.

Pacers’ results, men: 19 K Vaughan 36.18; 32 Julian Long 38.23; 38 I Milligan 38.54.; 42 C Perry 39.14; 70 I Gooderham 41.05; 74 M Troup 41.47; 81 R Grimsdell 42.30; 86 D Vaughan 42.58; 120 S Williams 46.27; 134 C Cook 48.10. Ladies: 2 O Robson 36.38; 10 C Jennings 41.25; 37 R Rue 51.57.

The Pacers were once again indebted to South Lee School for the use of their car park.

n Four days earlier, the Pacers had staged another cross country meeting at Nowton Park, over the same course, as part of the midweek East Anglian League. Robson was first lady in this race.

Elsewhere, a trio of Pacers were in action in Norfolk at the Wymondham 20-mile road race, as part of the build-up to next month’s London Marathon. Sarah Golding was second over-45 veteran.

Pacers’ results: 96 Robert Hughes 2.36.10; 120 Sarah Golding 2.39.58; 121 Steve Le Poidevin 2.39.58.

n Limited entries are still available for the Stowmarket Half Marathon – in memory of Joe Cox and raising money for the Colchester-based Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre – on Sunday, March 24 with an 11am start and a special junior race preceding it.

For more information about the run, which starts and finishes in Buxhall, visit www.stowmarket or email 

Entries on the day will be accepted unless the limit of 500 has been reached.

Numbers and chips must be collected from race headquarters on the day.