Louth Athletic Club runners made the most of home advantage as they enjoyed a great start to the cross country season last weekend.
The club hosted the first match in the Lincolnshire Runner Cross Country League at their London Road ground on Sunday with both senior teams handily placed near top spot.
There were three top 10 finishers for the under 13s girls’ squad in their 3,000m race with Hannah Reid taking second and twin sisters Evie and Ellie Odlin finishing fifth and 10th respectively.
Louth’s women also ran well in their 5,300m race to take second and third place in the team league table, while Kerry Stainton (third), Trudi Roberts (fifth) and Kerry Drewery (seventh) all ran hard to take the points in the veteran women’s race.
Louth’s Lucas George-Jones won the 3,000m under 13s boys’ race with team-mates Kieron Byrne (fifth) and Caleb Stephenson (sixth) close behind.
Jevon George-Jones was second in the under 15s boys’ race, and Nick Marsh won the veteran men’s 9,700m race.
Strong runs from Kevin Wallis (fifth) and Richard Conway (sixth) left the men’s team in second spot overall.
Mablethorpe Running Club also sent a nine-strong contingent to Louth to join the 246 runners from the 20 other Lincolnshire and Humber clubs.
Ellie Rainbow clocked 16min 24secs in the under 13s girls’ race, while team-mate Tayla Anderson crossed the line in 31.18 in the under 17s women’s category.
In the under 20s and senior/veteran women’s race, Janine Stones was first back for Mablethorpe in 22.44, ahead of Lisa Musson who finished in 34 minutes flat.
Archie Rainbow clocked 13.49 in the under 15s boys’ race, while dad Chris was first Mablethorpe RC across the line in the combined under 20s, senior and veteran men’s race in a time of 40.15.
Clubmates Nigel Booth and Carl Musson were home in 50.25 and 55.15 respectively.
Joseph Rice-Mundy recorded a time of 22.58 in the under 17s men’s section.
The next league race is at Castledyke Equestrian Centre, near Boston, on Sunday, November 15.
* For more information about training with Louth Athletics Club, visit www.louth-ac.org.uk and details on Mablethorpe RC, visit www.mablethorperunningclub.org.uk