Good­man’s stitched up

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY BRIAN SACKS

ATH­LET­ICS RICHARD Good­man, 23, and Han­nah Viner, 20, ex­pe­ri­enced con­trast­ing for­tunes at the English Na­tional Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Not­ting­ham.

Good­man was forced to pull out of the se­nior men’s event af­ter suf­fer­ing a se­ri­ous spike wound, while Viner placed 28th out of 788 com­peti­tors in the se­nior women’s race.

MetLeague Se­ries cham­pion Good­man en­tered his race with re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions of win­ning a medal. “I was in the lead­ing group on the first full lap when I lost a shoe in the mud,” he re­counted.

“I con­tin­ued for an­other lap but was forced to take off the other shoe in or­der to bal­ance my stride.

“Then a spec­ta­tor shouted out that my an­kle was bleed­ing and I needed to stop. I had been un­aware of it, but the wound needed 12 stitches. I only hope that my en­forced lay­off proves to be a bless­ing in dis­guise.”

Lia Radus, 15, and her sis­ter Maayan, 12, had suc­cess­ful out­ings in the U15 and U13 events.

Lia helped Black­heath & Brom­ley se­cure team bronze while Maayan led the club home to team gold medals.

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