Gold for Duncan in Masters event

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West Suffolk Athletics Club’s Celia Duncan took gold in the V60 category at the South of England Masters Cross Country Championships.

Held at Shuttleworth College, Biggleswade, Maureen McCarthy secured a bronze medal in the V50 category, with Christine Anthony 10th.

In the 2013 South of England Intercounties Cross Country Championships – held in conjunction – West Suffolk had 18 athletes representing Suffolk and three for Cambridgeshire.

The best result of the day was Michael Bartram’s fifth in under-17 men’s event, clocking 15 minutes 49 seconds.

Seb Anthony was disappointed with 15th in 16.09, while Matt Le Poidevin was pleased with his 68th in 17.47.

Niall Acroyd, running for Cambridgeshire, showed definite signs of getting over his long-term knee problems in finishing 34th in under-15 boys.

Adam Crawford found the step-up hard going, but persevered to 72nd.

Thomas McCarthy followed up a solid effort at the Suffolk Schools Cross Country with another good run, placing 55th in under-13 boys, while Tommy Martin was a little off the pace in 83rd.

Justine Anthony had a superb run to seventh in under-20 women’s event.

Charlotte Murphy (Cambs) was overly critical of her excellent run to 12th in under-17 women and felt she under-performed.

Emily Moyes was well placed when an injury flared up, causing her to slip back, but still finish a respectable 50th.

Lauren Murphy (Cambs) has been training well and it showed with a ninth in under-15 girls.

Not so happy were Nella Walters and Holly Davies, both below their best in 37th and 43rd respectively.

Megan Newton continued her return from injury with an encouraging 56th.

Mikayela Sealby was less happy with her 73rd-place finish.

Performances were mixed in the under-13 girls’ race with Rebecca Daniel 39th and Katrina Kemp 45th, both below expectations.

Bottom-year runners Libby Walshe (55th) and Alana Wilson (70th) had more to be pleased about.