Wednesday, 3 December 2014

A&T X-country Liverpool 29/11/14 – by Mark Riches

As usual this Mid Lancs fixture was held in conjunction with the British Athletics Cross Challenge, which means we get to run with Britain’s best runners like this year’s ladies winner Gemma Steel pictured above, who completed the 8.1k course in an amazing 26.58

10 A&T runners made the 45 minute journey to Liverpool this year. It was a very mild afternoon and the conditions underfoot were good. We were ‘without tent’ but with the A&F flag flying proudly once again at Sefton Park and the numbers/chips distributed it was race time!

The 3 A&T ladies Linda Whittaker, Claire Matchwick and Kim O’Neill were the first to tackle the 8.1k course. It was a very big field (225 finishers) and Linda (37.03) was 1st A&T finisher. Followed by Claire (tba) and Kim (39.56) – well done ladies

Next it was the turn of the men (9.8K this time) to tackle this fast flat course along with 500+ others. Simon Ford (37.41) was 1st A&T finisher. Graham Rands and Neil Hughes were having a great battle behind Simon with Graham just getting the nod 38:05 / 38:14. Next it was yours truly (Mark Riches) in a time of 38.26, having adjusted by race plan a few times mid race – plan A just stick with Neil / plan B just stick with Graham / plan C keep Simon behind me to get maximum vet points / plan D try not to let anymore A&T vests pass me! Shaun Moran (40.01) after his customary steady start managed to finish strongly with Scott Priestley (45.10) and Craig Bradbury (47.20) completing the line-up – well done lads

After the customary handshakes we did a short warm-down before heading home to get our ‘glad-rags’ on for the A&T presentation night

Next race Saturday 6 December at Rossendale – see you all there

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