Round 2 of the Suffolk County Athletics Association Cross Country Winter League took place near Woodbridge on Sunday with a small contingent from NCTC in attendance.
The venue, a small village called Sutton on the outskirts of Woodbridge, promised very different conditions than those found at Framlingham in Round 1.
A congested start along a farm track ensured a rapid pace was set from the off, although the energy sapping sandy conditions underfoot ensured that the pace very quickly evened out. Eugene Husband was first out of the blocks from the Newmarket crew with Peter Williams trying to hang on to his shirt tails – a cat and mouse middle section of the race ensued with Eugene emerging the stronger of the two and securing an impressive 55th position in a very large field. Williams was not far behind and rolled over the line in 61st place, with daughter Parris having battled it out with a contingent from Haverhill running Club and crossing the line in an impressive 117th place. Gary Dickinson had a solid race and managed a creditable 198th position with Kate Harman close behind in 216th.
Saturday also saw Sheila Shead brave the frosty Milton Country Park, coming first in her age category at Parkrun with a winter time of 28 minutes 24 seconds.