Good old boys show they've still got it!
PUBLISHED: 13:33 30 September 2010
Woodford Green AC veterans give the youngsters a lesson after coming away with a bronze medal in the season opener at Aldershot
THE veterans of Woodford Green AC showed the youngsters how it’s done by winning a bronze medal on the opening day of the winter season at Aldershot.
The men’s Vet-50 team of Paul Chase, Iain Cumming, Dave Cox and Tony Pamphilon came from behind to win bronze medals in their four-stage event.
Chase got things going by running 23 minutes and 25 seconds for the 6k leg, handing over in 12th place of the 19 participants.
Cumming had been on the 2009 team which lifted silver medals and his second leg of 23.18 brought the team on by two places.
Cox ran 21.23 to put Woodford Green into seventh place, with Aldershot in the bronze medal position. Pamphilon, clocked 21.34 to pass Hillingdon, Dulwich, Harrow and finally Aldershot.
The club’s senior men’s six-stage team comfortably qualified for the national event, on October 16, with Matt Shone and Bertie Powell impressing. Targeting a top-10 finish Shone crossed the line in 13th in 18.42 – his second fastest on this course.
On leg two, Woodford Green dropped back to 21st as Craig Berg seemed to pay the price for a recent illness with his 20.00 being almost a minute down on his 2009 run.
It had been 18 months and several injuries since Daniel Hawellek’s last race, but he delivered a very useful 19.21 on leg three, passing six men in the process.
On leg four Woodford Green were back in a bit of trouble when an out-of-sorts Angus Holford ran a disappointing 20.34, which saw the team fall back to 20th.
But Powell rose to the occasion and produced a very pleasing time of 18.54, which was almost a minute quicker than in 2009. This left Andy Mariani in 16th at the handover and although the asthmatic Mariani struggled with his breathing, he managed to clock a time of 19.57 for a 17th place finish.
Ed Messer made a tentative comeback after months of illness, running 21.08 as a B team man on leg one.
Team manager Terry McCarthy said: “I’m glad that’s out of the way. There were a few positives in there, especially Powell’s run and Hawellek’s reappearance, but the main thing is that we are through to the nationals.”