Parker’s good performances earn him big call-up

John Parker of CLC Striders has been selected for the England

men’s M35 cross-country team at the British

Masters Championships in Dublin next


Parker has run well over the past few months to earn his call-up

for the event on November 13.

A former golf professional, he captured a 5K Midlands M35 title

on the track, a national 5K M35 title on the road and a national

silver M35 medal over 10K on the road.

At the first Gloucestershire Cross-Country League race, CLC

Striders ladies were led home by Liza Barry in seventh place.

Her first league top-ten 10 finish, she was followed by Rachel

Vines in 18th – her first league top-20 finish – and final A-team

scorer Pat Woods, who ran well to clinch 28th position.

The ladies’ A team finished in second position on the day.

Other notable performances were had by Jo Wilkie, finishing in

an encouraging 30th place, and debutant Jessica Shaw in 38th.

Ali Perrio, also making her debut, finished in a respectable

43rd spot.

Parker led the men home and ran well to finish in second


Chris Driskall was next in 51st, with Jamie Patterson 56th,

Billy Bradshaw 72nd, James Gibbs 77th and new boy Joel Freeland the

final A team scorer in 91st position.

The men finished eighth team on the day.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE XC LEAGUE, Women: 7 Liza Barry 25.28, 17 Rachel

Vines 26.35, 28 Pat Woods 28.04, 30 Jo Wilkie 28.19, 38 Jessica

Shaw 29.08, 41 Nicki Smith 29.22 (L45), 43 Ali Perrio 29.30, 67

Vicky Martin 31.50 (L35), 84 Helen Howes 33.19, 90 Beckie Boulton

34.59 (L35), 100 Sal Drummond 38.40, Tracey Densham (DNF).

Team: 2 CLC Striders A 52.

Men: 2 John Parker 30.40, 51 Chris Driskall 35.43, 56 Jamie

Patterson 36.05, 72 Billy Bradshaw 36.50 (M45), 77 James Gibbs

37.11, 91 Joel Freeland 38.28, 120 Barney Banford 39.59, 122 Simon

Dee 40.10 (M45), 135 Chris Slade 41.25 (M40), 155 Paul Jenkins

44.22 (M45).

Team: 8 CLC Striders A 349.