Rachel Cave, who has shown good form of late on the roads, switched terrains with equal success when she finished an excellent third in the Senior Women’s race at the second round of the Apex Sports Chiltern Cross Country League.
The meeting, organised by Biggleswade AC at Shuttleworth Park, saw the Team Balancise runner cover the 6.5km distance in 25.39 the finish behind Bearbrook’s Emma Curtis-Smith (25.27) and the winner Lucy Waterlow (25.12) of St Albans Striders.
Also turning out for Team Balancise, who finished fifth in the team contest won by St Albans from Bearbrook, were Julie Wargent (13th in 27.41), Elaine O’Sullivan (14th in 27.44), Sam Ransom (55th in 36.52), Margaret Bond (57th in 37.46), Emma Bond (62nd in 38.59) and Tina Brayford (64th in 40.23).
Top finisher for seventh placed Team Balancise in the Senior Men’s race over 9.5km was Dan Doherty who came 20th in 35.14 and was followed by David Hutchings (53rd in 38.45), Stuart Bartlett (62nd in 39.27), Colin Cowper (72nd in 40.42), Darren Gibson (92nd in 42.42), Philip Devereuax (97th in 43.04), Stephen Bridge (108th in 46.53), Keith Hall (119th in 51.04) and Darren Ginn (129th in 59.08).
James McMurray (30.36) and Paul Adams (31.19) filled the top two positions to lead St Albans to a convincing team success.
Matt Tyler, who came ninth in 25.14, was the only Team Balancise runner in action in the Under-17 Men’s race over 6km.
The Wellingborough & District AC ladies team showed a big improvement from the opening fixture when they finished a fine sixth in the second round of the Three Counties Cross Country League at Wing. Their top finisher in 19th place was Sarah Ellwood, who was well supported by Bryna Holmes in 21st and Louise Kemp who finished 23rd. Also on show for the Boro were Annemarie Lodder (41st), Jaimie Cunnington (64th), Natasha Wain (94th), Diana Logan (110th) and Gillian Brightwell (116th).
The Wellingborough men slipped to 10th with Greg Spellman in eighth again their top finisher. He was followed by Jon Kemp (19th), Ben Green (36th), Simon Leisten (97th), Shaun Cherry (108th), Neil McDonald (116th), Kenneth Mikkelson (131st), Mark Viccars (133rd), Martin Newton (139th), Andrew Redden (152nd), Terry Hatter (153rd), Barry Wake (161st), Keith Lok (180th), Kevin Lewis (187th), Steve Adams (231st), Stuart Humphreys (252nd) and Rob Belson (257th).