Walmsleys seek England honours

HUSBAND-and-wife team Dennis and Lucy Walmsley are both chasing England honours after impressive performances.

The Bourton Roadrunners duo starred at the Gloucestershire Cross-Country Series opener.

Lucy, the only female entrant for Bourton in the event at Cotswold Farm Park, was eighth overall and first veteran over 40, while Dennis finished 12th and top veteran over 50.

Her reward was a call-up for England in the veteran 40s team in the UK Cross-Country Championships.

Two-time World Masters marathon champion Dennis, 50, is first reserve for the men’s veteran 50s side.

Bourton’s men had more entries in the county series and their other scoring members in a courageous team effort included Brendan Caragher, Rob French, Andy Maccoombes and David Pyne. A fine effort from Norm Lane edged out team-mate Richard Bufton.

Meanwhile, Shona Crombie- Hicks was back to winning ways with her second Jersey Marathon title in two years.

There was much stronger competition this time as the first three ladies all clocked under three hours.

But Crombie-Hicks performed at her best to not only win the race but beat her own record by one second.

At the Chester Marathon, Steve Edwards ran his second fastest time of the year to record three hours six minutes and Tony Goodwill registered a decent 3.12. The highlight of the day belonged to an elated Claire Harrison, who smashed her personal best by a massive 11 minutes to record a time of 3.19.

The effort was only four minutes outside a London Marathon elite place.

Edwards followed up with the Leicester Marathon a week later in another quality time of 3.10.

He has only three left to reach the magical 500 sub-3.30 marathons.

Bourton’s six-from-10 series for members continues on Sunday when they compete in the Stroud half-marathon.

They then tackle the Guy Fawkes five-miler organised by Tewkesbury Athletic Club on Sunday, November 4.

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