After following the sat nav to an unnamed road and redirecting along with 4 car loads of eager runners we reached the busy school for registration which was packed out with runners queing for race numbers.
The race proved to be a popular one, as it was a complete sell out and leaving 4 A&T'ers on their starting blocks waiting for late allocation numbers. Luckily we were all entered and without a minute to lose the packed start line fired off! The route was extremely undulating and mostly dry trail with some steep steps and dare I say "slight" inclines, with an abundance of cobbles and a stretch of pot holed lanes, before leading onto the narrow canal path which seemed to go on for miles! On the plus the weather was on our side and surprisingly it stayed dry after the predicted rain, even the sun made an appearance. The course was well marshalled and had a welcomed water station at the half way point. The final stretch of the run was on a cinder type track leading back into the school field.
First A&T across the finish and finishing 2nd in his category was Mark Riches in 38:54, with David Sloan following who ran in at 40:59. Steve Coleman was next over the finish in 42:01 followed by Neil Hughes in 42:17, and Ian Newcombe in 42:25 well done guys. First Lady home and running well was Josie Maley in 44:27 well done Josie. Hot on her heels and knocking off the most time from last year and with a niggling injury was Chris Scholes coming in at 44:49 - a brilliant performance earning him Captain Wiggins' runner of the day prize! next home also running well was Garry Baines 46:10 followed by Chris Bennett 46:38 our 2nd lady home was Suzanne Gregory had a good race and also finishing 2nd in her category crossed the line in 47:10 with James Bentall chasing her home in 47:33. Next came Carole Baines and another 2nd in her category in 48:31. Paul not sporting his new tights Beardswoth ran home in 48:47. Louise Simpson returning from injury managed to pull in 52:17 with Claire matchstick chasing her home and crossing the finish in 52:45. Ian Hamilton still pressing on following injury ran another impressive 53:02 Jason Revill who is making great improvements had another good run and finished in 53:39. Christine Farnworth was next round the track leading the pack to the finish in 57:07, with Mike undercover Geoghegan hopping in with a cramping calf in 59;54 and closely followed by Tracy waterfall just pipping Joan to the post within 1 second finished in 1:00:50 And 1:00:51 respectively well run ladies! Kelly Parkinson a first time runner for A&T although unattached on the results trotted over the finish in 1:03:30 and finally bringing up the rear yours truly in 1:03:34.
Water and a slice of orange for all finishers proved disappointing following a tough 10k, a huge well done everyone who took part.
Thanks to the cheer leaders, and camera crew the pictures instil good memories!!