Monday, 24 November 2014

Bolton X-country 22/11/14 - by Mark Riches

18 A&T runners (7 ladies & 11 men) turned up for this fixture and the first to arrive, after missing the start last time, was Lewis Eccleston. We (well Lewis & James Bentall) made short work of putting up the tent and (for once) everyone turned up in plenty of time for the start of their respective races. Just before the start of the ladies race and less than one hour before he was due to race, Lewis was seen eating a burger; apparently he was hungry due to the fact that he had already completed a swimming session before cycling to the race. Also Ian (bacon Mon) Hamilton had replaced his trail shoes with a brand new pair of spikes so he was hoping not to run like ‘Scooby do on ice’ this time

The ladies course consisted of 1 x medium lap plus 1 x large lap (5K) and Suzanne Gregory (25.02) was the first A&T finisher (again) pursued by Jackie Price (25:35) and Susan Fletcher (26.50) Louise Simpson (27.10) and Kim O’Neill (27.26) were next followed by our only non-vet, Claire Matchwick (28.02) with Clare Unsworth (35.11) completing the line-up – well done ladies

Next it was the turn of the men; 3 x large laps (10K) this time. The burger didn’t seem to have affected Lewis’ performance as he finished 6th in a time of 36.58 (first A&T runner by over 4 minutes!) Next A&T finisher was Tim Campbell (41.00) followed by Graham Rands who started off steady before passing yours truly (Mark Riches) at the end of the first lap then setting off after Neil Hughes; he (Graham) just got the better of him 42.12 to 42.31. I was next A&T finisher in 43.07 followed by Jon Hyde (45.55) who was trying to conserve some energy for the swimming session straight after the race! Coach Shaun Moran was next in 46.30 followed by Tony Foster (49.38) and James (49.44) Paul (the Baron) Basnett (56.00) got the better of bacon Mon (57.15) again despite Ian’s new spikes – well done lads

James had kindly agreed to take the tent home as I had to leave straight away as I was working but I found out later that Ian had let rip a couple of times while getting changed in the tent much to the amusement of Suzanne who tried to zip the tent flap up to prevent Shaun and a couple of others escaping! Finally, I achieved a ‘first’ on the way home when I overtook Lewis; he was on a bike and I was in a car but I still overtook him!

Next race Saturday 29/11/14 at Liverpool – see you there

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