Stevenage 12th May 2015
Stevenage and North Herts AC kicked off their second season in the Scott’s Travel Midweek League on Tuesday evening. The club fielded their largest team to date with 17 runners in the race. In perfect conditions for running the team raced to sixth place overall.
Debutee Adam Mason led the team home to finish in 27th place with a time of 39.06 minutes for the 10k race. Just over a minute behind him was the experienced Liam Herbert (44th in 40.38 minutes). Next over the line was another first time runner, Jay Papa, whose time of 41.26 for 52nd place left him just one place ahead of Jack Gladman (41.28). The first veteran runner home was on form Trevor Mason who was 90th overall and 12th in his age group in a time of 44.51 minutes. He had just edged out Charlie Mead (91st in 44.56) in the final stages of the race. Second veteran home was Paul Pickard (96th overall, 27th in his age group in a time of 45.46). Matthew Mason was closing fast to finish just 2 seconds later (97th position). The men’s team was completed by Martin Reed (106th, 30th in his age group with a time of 46.15), Tony Carolan (121st, 25th in his age group with a time of exactly 48 minutes) and Graham Spicer (158th, 41st in his age group with a time of 58.39).
Racing over 10km for the first time Georgia Reed led the women home to finish 24th in a time of 49.14 minutes. Charlotte Astill was just over a minute behind fishing in 30th place (14th in her age group) with a time of 50.49. Next back was Steph English in 52.51 to end up in 46th overall and 20th in her age group. Exactly a minute later Emma Mead crossed the line to come 49th (23rd in her age group). Nicola Taylor finished in 55.14 to record a position of 56th (15th in her age group) and Cathy Reed was 83rd (34th in her age group) with a time of 65.16.
After such a fantastic turnout for the first race the club are now looking forward to race 2 in a fortnight’s time (Wednesday 27th May) in Epping Forest. Hopefully we will be able to field an even larger contingent as the club aims to grow its road running section even further!