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Wonderful Woodford close in on fourth straight league title

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 January 2012

Dan Yaxley of triumphant Woodford Green AC. Pic: Ken Bray

Dan Yaxley of triumphant Woodford Green AC. Pic: Ken Bray

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Men’s team storm to victory in Trent Park

Three-time Metropolitan League winners Woodford Green AC inched closer to the senior men’s team title on Saturday with their fourth straight match win at Trent Park.

Over the cross-country course in Cockfosters, Daniel Agustus led the team home in sixth place clocking 25 minutes 17 seconds and team-mate Tom Phillips (25.24) earned his first top-10 finish of the season, placing ninth.

Tom Beedell (25.30), the league’s fourth highest points scorer, continued his consistent season and placed 12th.

There was a good race between Bertie Powell (26.00), who has been dogged by a foot injury all season, and Tomaz Plibersek (26.10) who placed 17th and 18th respectively.

Woodford had another trio of finishers inside the top 30, as the ever-improving Harold Wyber (26.17) continued his progress with a fine 21st-place finish, a marked improvement on his 75th, 56th and 33rd places this season.

Meanwhile, Angus Holford (26.28) and Kevin Murphy (26.31) finished 27th and 28th respectively.

Darren Southcott (26.56) was the second fastest under-20s runner and placed 33rd – 10 places higher than his previous best.

But arguably the most impressive run of the day was from 19-year-old Daniel Yaxley (27.19) who was the club’s 10th man home, placing 44th overall.

Mat Clarkson (27.29), Matt Molloy (27.44), Gavin Lewis (28.22), Gareth Cavell (28.44), Robbie Cox (28.54), Sam Benge (30.05), Steven Dawkins (30.31), Martin Mack (32.11), Alexis Atkinson (32.53), Alistair Holford (33.11), Andy Smith (33.23), Paul Stockings (33.44), Steven Lambert (34.01), Michael Murphy (35.19), Richard Hogg (35.23) and Trevor Powell (41.28) were the club’s other finishers.


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