Record breaking race for Clowne members

Records tumbled at the Saucony English National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill in London on Saturday.

Three Clowne Road Runners travelled to the nation’s capital to participate, namely Steve Battle, Ged Naylor and Paul Sadler – under the watchful eye of team manager John Profitt.

The numbers entered were already very high and the numbers running matched this.

Firstly 5,283 runners finished across the 10 races, nearly 600 up on the previous best.

On a day that was very wet and muddy underfoot, the conditions were cool but dry with some sunshine but neither of these put the athletes off.

From the first race onwards numbers competing were high culminating in 2,005 runners finishing in the senior men’s race over the 12km long course.

First home for Clowne Road Runners in 1,223rd position was Steve Battle in a time of 57:16, closely followed by Ged Naylor, who recorded 57:33 and took 1,246th position and Paul Sadler came ome in 1,669th position in a time of 1:04:07.

Nearer to home Graham Worsfold and Helen Callender travelled to Sleaford and completed in the Sleaford Half marathon.

Worsfold recorded a time of 1:27:20, producing a personal best time, while his partner Helen Callender crossed the finish line in a time of 1:54:54.

Dan Page travelled to Pocklington to run the popular ‘Snake Lane 10.’

The course starts on Garths End in Pocklington and heads north through the villages of Meltonby, Bishop Wilton, Bolton and Yapham Mill. returning to Pockington to finish in the Market Place.

Page ran 55:46, producing a personal best and finishing fourth in a field of 1,150.