Friday, 6 February 2015

A&T X-Country Saturday 31st January 2015 at Heaton Park – by Mark Riches

Only 6 A&T runners turned up at a cold and windy Heaton Park and Tim Campbell had already put the tent up when me & my wife, Jo Riches, who had decided to compete in her second x-country race of the season, arrived

It was soon time for the ladies, pictured above, to tackle 2 large laps (7500m) and Susanne Gregory led the way with another great run finishing 13th in a time of 34.45 followed by Jo (43.11) and Clare Unsworth (48.37) – well done ladies

Next it was the turn of the men; 3 large laps (9000m) this time. As usual, Tim led the way finishing a magnificent 7th in a time of 39.05. ever-present Neil Hughes (42.51), despite pulling up at training on Wednesday, passed me before the start of the second lap and set off after Simon Ford (42.33), who just managed to hold him off. Yours truly (Mark Riches) completed the line up in a time of 44.02 – well done lads

After a quick warm-down, we enjoyed the chocolate biscuits (thanks Suzanne) put the tent away; well Neil & Tim did with me & Clare supervising and set off home

Final race in the Club Champs is on Saturday 28th February at Boggart Hole Park – see you there

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