Fenland children start cross country careers at Shouldham Common

Shay Connolly (53) and Henry Pittock (51)
Shay Connolly (53) and Henry Pittock (51)
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With the Ryston Runners Cross Country race series at Shouldham Common for once not clashing with the Frostbite Friendly League fixtures, mums and dads Sean and Ellen Connolly and Andre Pittock and Sarah Gauvin were able to take their children to start their own running careers in the Under 9s 800m dash.

Henry Pittock completed the distance in 4:23 and Shay Connolly finished in 5:16. Parenting duties completed, Sarah went on to compete herself in the 9K adults’ race and bagged a second place finish in her age group in a time of 41:57.

Sarah-Jane MacDonald, Morgan Harrison, Sue George and Vicki Drake with their podium medals.

Sarah-Jane MacDonald, Morgan Harrison, Sue George and Vicki Drake with their podium medals.

l Thirteen Three Counties RC members took to the King’s Lynn Parkrun on Saturday morning where Morgan Harrison ran first in his age category in a fantastic time of 20.12. PB’s were achieved by Tracy Pratt, who has finally subbed 25 minutes, Fay Gratton and Chris Garner, who has finally caught and passed wife Jo.

Morgan was in action again on Sunday at the Shouldham Junior 3K Cross Country along with brother, Reece, and fellow junior, Maisie MacDonald, where Morgan ran in his age category.

Meanwhile, ten members ran in the Shouldham 9K Cross Country. Sarah-Jane MacDonald and Sue George battled it out once Sarah Melton passed the pair on the hills.

Sarah-Jane and Sue changed places three times but the former pulled through first with a stronger finish. Both ladies received age category placings.

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Vicki Drake pulled out all the stops, achieving first in her age category.

Results, King’s Lynn Parkrun: Morgan Harrison - 20.12 (1st 11-14), Colin Simpson - 21.39 (1st 60-64), Jonny Clark - 22.33, Chris Garner - 24.38 (PB), Tracy Pratt - 24.54 (PB), Jodie Clark - 25.39, Jo Garner - 25.51, Sue George - 28.36, Adele O’Connor - 29.40, Gary Bligh - 29.40, Fay Gratton - 30.19 (PB), Sarah-Jane Macdonald - 48.35 (tail runner). Shouldham 9.5K Cross Country: Jonathan Summers – 43.14, Vicki Drake – 44.38 (1st 35-39 female), Paul Stratford – 48.23, Chris Garner – 49.07, Sarah Melton-Whitelam – 49.10, Sarah-Jane MacDonald – 51.16 (2nd 40-44 female), Adam Chown – 51.16, Sue George – 51.27 (2nd 55+ female), Gary Bligh – 51.27, Cheryl Lenton – 52.43. Shouldham Junior 3K Cross Country: Morgan Harrison – 12.06 (3rd under 15 male), Reece Harrison – 16.17, Maisie MacDonald – 18.16.

Pictured from left: Sarah-Jane MacDonald, Morgan Harrison, Sue George and Vicki Drake with their podium medals.