17 A&T runners (6 ladies & 11 men) made the start line but only 16 finished as Chris Bennett decided that he would cut his race short to ensure that he got to work on time! Dave Crowe made short work of putting up the tent and before long it was time for the ladies to tackle this very challenging (2 x water crossing plus one very big hill on each lap) muddy course
The ladies route consisted of 1 x medium lap plus 1 x large lap (4.6K) and Suzanne Gregory (22.06) was the first A&T finisher, despite going over on her ankle early on in the race, but she was pushed all the way by Susan Fletcher (22.19). Next to finish was Claire Matchwick (23.42) followed in close succession by Louise Simpson (24.08) and Kim O’Neill (24.23) with Clare Unsworth (29.22) completing the line-up – well done ladies
Next it was the turn of the men; 1 x small lap plus 3 x large laps (9.9K) this time. Most of you will remember Josie’s late arrival at Hynburn a couple of weeks ago but Lewis Eccleston took late arrival to a new level on Saturday. The first I knew of his arrival was when he barged past me Jon Hyde & Graham Rands on the first lap; luckily Susanne managed to find his number in my bag but he still gave the rest of the field at least a minute start! Despite this he was first A&T finisher (11th overall) in 38.18. Next A&T finisher, despite drinking until the early hours the night before, was Tim Campbell (41.14) followed by Neil Hughes, who had the run of the day, finishing in 41.52. Yours truly (Mark Riches) Jon and Graham ran the first couple of laps together before Graham (42.17) pulled away leaving me and Jon to battle it out. I managed to take the lead towards the end of the 3rd lap only for Jon to go passed me again but I took the lead again on the last lap and was able to hang on to finish in 43.27 with Jon finishing in 43.53. Next was Shaun Moran (47.32) followed by James Bentall (50.59) and Craig Bradbury (53.29) Paul (the Baron) Basnett (57.14) got the better of Ian (bacon Mon) Hamilton (59.09) with Ian blaming his new shoes but more of this later – well done lads
We did a lap of the football field then went back to the tent for biscuits (thanks Suzanne) and warm Vimto (thanks Louise) Meanwhile bacon Mon was trying to sell his new trail shoes to everyone in the tent because they made him run like 'Scooby do on ice' (his words) He was actually standing in his underpants ranting about his shoes to everyone and some of our lady members may well be scared for life!