By Liam Moakes Tuesday 11 December 2012 Updated: 19/12 11:57
OVER the two tough laps of the women's 7.7km race, Bromsgrove & Redditch Athletic Club's Sally Hogan worked her way up from seventh to finish third in the Gloucester Cross Country League meeting at Tewkesbury School on Saturday.
Hogan was just ten seconds behind the winner, Millie Barnes from Worcester AC.
B&R team captain Tamara Ball (13th) and Gemma Cone (28th) completed the scoring three for the A team, which finished fourth, just four points behind third placed Cheltenham & County Harriers.
The large turnout by B&R saw them complete three other teams with the B, C and D trios finishing ninth, 13th and 19th respectively out of the 21 teams.
There was a very welcome return to competition by Dagmar Prinzing after a gap of a few years and she could not have picked a muddier or tougher league race to make a comeback.
B&R completed two veteran women's teams and finished fourth and seventh out of ten teams.
The 10.3km men's course took in three laps of the figure of eight circuit around fields alongside the M5 motorway and there was no respite from the mud until the last 200 metres to the finish.
Dave Gemmell (12th) led the B&R men home, whilst Simon Lanckham paid for early enthusiasm by slipping from fourth to 22nd.
The rest of the scoring six for the senior team were Dean Hartshorne (58th), Anthony Warner (61th) with a terrific run on his cross country debut, Daryll Thomas (78th) and Ian Keyte (83rd).
Phil Richardson (98th) missed out on scoring for the seniors by only just over a minute, whilst Ian Nutter finished 104th.
Even without Kevin Lanckham, who was sidelined by an injury from the previous week's Birmingham League race, the senior men's team improved on their eighth place in the previous Gloucester League fixture and were fifth out of 16 teams and the veterans team were ninth out of 18 teams.
Unsurprisingly, given that they had a 1-2-3, Cheltenham & County Harriers were clear winners of the senior men's team competition.
B&R's only athlete in any of the younger age group races - Orianna Ball - finished third in the U17 girls race to keep up her challenge for an individual overall medal to go with the gold medal she won last year.
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