In addition we had the A&T supporters club including – injured lady’s captain Brenda Wane, Laura Riches, Caitlin Bradbury & road captain Garry Baines (saving himself for the Swinton Half the following day).
The ladies were first off with 2 laps of this deceptively hilly course. Although the mud was conspicuous by its absence, it was almost impossible to stay dry as there was the usual stream crossing. First home was Sue Hopkins who had an excellent run but paid for it afterwards. Lyndsey Carter (debut) had another good run & was next home followed by Abbie Eckersley & Carole Baines who had a great battle finishing just one second apart. Michelle Fairclough, Marjorie Leigh, Vanessa Thomson (debut) & Eva Tuer all ran well to complete the line-up.
Next it was the men’s turn; 3 laps this time. Simon Ford was first A&T man just outside the top 10 despite “having an easy one” due to racing Swinton Half the following day. Next it was yours truly (Mark Riches) despite going the wrong way on lap 3! Luckily a couple of Rochdale lads put me right. Peter Mulleady another who was intending to race Swinton was next followed by Derek Coop, who had a great run. Terry Gardiner continued his rich vain of form followed just over 1 minute later by Terry Hughes, who suffered in the heat. Craig Bradbury, Steve Foster & Mark Lysycia had a great battle & finished within 3 seconds of each other; Ian Hamilton & Paul Basnett (debut) both ran well to complete the line-up.
Next race is at Witton Park Blackburn Saturday 3rd October