24th May, 2022

ATHLETICS - Coventry Godiva Harriers return to league action

COVENTRY GODIVA HARRIERS returned to action in the third fixture of the Midland Women’s Cross Country League and Birmingham and District Invitation Cross Country League.

 

The club’s Ladies were first to race in Droitwich as Amelia Starling continued her fine season with an eighth place finish.

 

And next across the line for Godiva was Sammy Puri who leads the under-20 competition with Rachel Aldrich coming home in 50th on her cross country debut.

 

Team Manager Jayne Mumford was next home in 63rd whilst Sophia Charters completed the team in 79th.

 

This gave the Ladies a total of 138 points for the fixture which leaves them in a promising position to achieve promotion to Division One ahead of the final meeting next month.

 

And Godiva’s Men were also in action as they raced at Warley Woods in Smethwick with Pierce Clisham the first Godiva home in 45th.

 

Matt Battley 67th, Scott Hudspith 68th, Clark Roberts 90th, Damien Chamberfort 95th and Joseph McLeod 96th completed the team.

 

This left the A team in 10th position on the day and they now sit 10th out of 16 teams in the standings after three fixtures.

 

The B team were led home by Lucas Bennett in 101st with Edward Griffiths in 139th, Dave Conway in 191st, Pete Eccleston in 194th, Matt Hadlum in 206th and completing the team was Samuel Marshall in 208th.

 

This left the B team seventh on the day and sixth overall as Godiva showed their great strength in depth.

 

The club’s other finishers were Stephan Schlag 227th, Jason Brotherhood 230th, Mark Cummings 239th, John Treadwell 245th, Nick Bennett 246th, Dale Ball 247th, Anthony Mitrofaniuk 249th, Joe Chalmers 251st and Jose Gonzalez in 261st.

 

Godiva are next in action on Saturday, January 29 in the Midland Championships with the final league fixture scheduled for Saturday, February 19 and the all-important Nationals the following weekend.

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