Pacers are out in force to net second place

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Saint Edmund Pacers had a terrific turnout at the annual Stowmarket Striders Scenic 7, finishing second in both the men’s and ladies’ team categories.

Chris Cooke was particularly impressive, finishing fourth overall out of a field of nearly 300. He was also first over-50 veteran, in a time of 41mins 00secs.

Jon Lockwood was another to win his age group. Lockwood won the over-40 prize, thanks to a personal best of 43.52. He was 11th overall.

There were also top 30 finishes for Mike Greener (25th in 45.48), Iain Milligan (27th in 45.54) and James Manning (30th in 46.22).

Other Pacers men in action were Mark Watts (46.29), John Greener (46.45), Philip Grose (48.37), Peter Bird (49.00), Ian Gooderham (49.21), Stewart White (49.21), Stephen Hatten (50.20), Richard Grimsdell (52.29), Peter Jay (53.25), Roger Brand (53.48), Steven Rue (54.36), Stephen Williams (55.17), David Riedel (58.11), Andrew Smith (60.24), Daniel Calver (64.07) and Phil Nutley (67.47)

Melissa Clarke had a fine run in the ladies’ race. She was fifth overall in 51.28.

Emily Gooderham was seventh with 51.55.

Other Pacers ladies to finish were Sarah Golding (52.37), Amanda Martin (54.58), Karen Hatton (55.19), Donna Talbot (59.57), Ruth Palmer (60.33), Rita Rue (62.49), Eloise Bird (64.32), Sam Grose (67.37) and Kirsty Weavers (73.02).

Meanwhile, the official results have been confirmed from the first Suffolk Winter League Cross Country meeting of the season, staged at Framlingham.

In the junior race, Matthew Nichols was fifth overall and third under-17 boy in 9.52, with Ieuan Alldis 13th and sixth under-15 in 10.13.

Emily Strickland was first in the female under-17 age group, and fourth girl overall in 11.35.

Gemma Grose was fifth overall and third under-15 girl with 11.41, followed by eighth-placed Kerry Knott (third under-17 in 12.18).

In the senior race, the Pacers seventh in the team standings, but will hopefully start climbing the table over the next few races.

The second event will be staged by Woodbridge Shufflers, at Sutton Village Hall on Sunday, December 2.