Croft Ambrey Running Club's Suzanne Turvey races to second Herefordshire Cross-Country senior women's title

CROFT Ambrey’s Suzanne Turvey has raced to her second senior women’s individual title in the Herefordshire Cross-Country Championships.

Turvey, now a medical student in Cardiff, was joined by team-mates Gemma Mallett and Irina Dale to clinch the senior women’s team crown.

Another Croft Ambrey star, Andrew Davies, also shone and was a clear winner of the under-17 county event.

Croft Ambrey’s men finished second in both the senior event and the veterans.

Turvey was second in the women’s race in the Herefordshire Winter Cross- Country series, which was held concurrently at Monkhall Farm in Herefordshire.

Turvey was second in the fourth event of the series behind women’s champion Clara Evans (Hereford and District) and third-placed Ludlow Runners’ Claire Thomas.

Croft Ambrey’s Welsh international, Sue Davies, was fourth. Croft’s Mallett was ninth, Dale, 10th, and Ruth Stafford, 11th, as the team took second spot.

Croft’s women’s team will be hoping improve on last year’s third place finish overall.

In the men’s race at Monkhall Farm, Simon Norwood (8th) was the first Croft runner to cross the line.

Stacey Morgan did not find the mud to his liking and was 12th, while Mark Lamonby was 15th and chairman Neil Powell, 18th. The Ludlow Runners trio of John Lyden (40th), Paul Elliott (41st) and David Jamieson (42nd) ran well, still in the top half of the field.

Sue Davies won the female veteran over- 45 section and Croft’s Guy Whitmarsh clinched first place in the male veteran over-65 category.

Wye Valley’s James Richards triumphed in the men’s race, holding off the challenge from Builth’s Mike Pfeiffer, who finished second.

Results from Monkhall Farm, featuring local athletes: Men’s event: 8 Simon Norwood (Croft Ambrey RC) 47.18, 12 Stacey Morgan (Croft Ambrey RC) 48.23, 15 Mark Lamonby (Croft Ambrey RC) 48.58, 28 Neil Powell (Croft Ambrey RC) 50.02, 20 Glyn Williams (Croft Ambrey RC) 50.15, 22 Dave George (Croft Ambrey RC) 51.31.

Women’s event: 2 Suzanne Turvey (Croft Ambrey RC) 51.17, 3 Claire Thomas (Ludlow Runners) 53.57, 4 Sue Davies (Croft Ambrey RC) 54.46, 9 Gemma Mallett (Croft Ambrey RC) 57.34, 10 Irina Dale (Croft Ambrey RC) 57.55, 11 Ruth Stafford (Croft Ambrey RC) 58.14, 20 Jo Marriott (Croft Ambrey RC) 63.55, 23 Sam Harper (Croft Ambrey RC) 65.16.

Men’s team scores: 3 Croft Ambrey RC 53, 7 Croft Ambrey RC ‘B’ 111, 10 Ludlow Runners 192.

Women’s team scores: 1 Croft Ambrey RC 15, 4 Croft Ambrey RC ‘B’ 4, 7 Ludlow Runners 75.

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