Taylor leaves rest of the field trailing at Sledmere

Phill Taylor clear of the field at Sledmere
Phill Taylor clear of the field at Sledmere

Phill Taylor blew away the field at the fourth race in the East Yorkshire Cross Country League.

The Bridlington Road Runner was almost a minute clear of his nearest rival at Sledmere on Sunday.

The Bridlington Road Runners team

The Bridlington Road Runners team

Taylor finished in 43:02, 58 seconds ahead of second placed Tom McKee of the City of Hull Club, with Driffield Striders’ Shaun Hobson third.

The Sledmere route is one of the easier courses in the series with fewer hills to climb than some of the others, but with the past few weeks of rainfall, the deep mud and boggy fields made the two laps around the estate’s woodlands and fields hard going underfoot.

With the Humberside cross country trials been held in Scunthorpe on the same morning, numbers were down slightly, but still with a very good turnout of over 150 runners.

Bridlington took a team of 20 to slide their way around the course with the ladies putting in their usual great effort, finishing in fourth in the team event, with Sarah Wood and Emma Brown finishing in ninth and 10th places, only 10 seconds apart.

Brown was third in her age category and she was followed by Emma Artley in 14th, in a time of 58:06, who was second in her age group.

Behind Taylor, Bridlington’s next man back was Scott Hargreaves, who relished the muddy conditions to take 12th spot in 46:50.

John Nolan finished in 30th with a time of 52:08 and two runners who are more used to battling it out on their bikes were next.

Bridlington Cycling Club members Mark Woodley and Matt Pilling were only separated by half-a-minute, finishing in 41st and 43rd places respectively.

The final man to score for Bridlington in the men’s team event was Chris Yeomans, who was 47th in 55:07 and second in his age group.

Two other stand-out performances came from our veteran runners of Janet Potter and Robert Eyre, who remain unbeaten in their age categories so far in the series.

Bridlington’s men are sixth in the standings with the women in third spot.