Sunday, 1 March 2015

A&T X-Country Saturday 28th February at Boggart Hole Clough – by Mark Riches

When I arrived it was just me & Clare Unsworth so I decided to leave the tent in the boot. However, before the race started we were joined by 7 more A&T runners and leaving the tent in the boot seemed to be a poor choice! Suzanne Gregory managed to find numbers for every other XC league except the one she needed and had to purchase a replacement number about 5 minutes before the start of the race (when she got home she found that it was actually in her bag!) 

Suzanne & Clare were the only female representatives although Kim O’Neill was there to provide much needed support as was Clare’s husband & children. Suzanne finished the 2 x large laps 10th in a time of 35.31, despite nearly missing the start, and Clare finished in 50:33 – well done ladies

Next it was the turn of the men; 1 x medium + 2 x large laps this time. As usual, Tim Campbell led the way finishing a magnificent 4th in a time of 37.26. Graham Rands 7th in 38.58 just got the better of ever-present Neil Hughes 9th in 39.32. Simon Ford (40.24) was next A&T finisher followed by yours truly (Mark Riches) in 41.53 with Shaun Moran returning from injury (45.42) and James Bentall (47.16) completing the line-up. We also finished 2ndteam overall & Vets – well done lads

After a quick warm-down, we enjoyed the biscuits (thanks Suzanne) put the flag away and set off home

That’s it for this year and I will announce the prize winners in the Club Champs in a subsequent Blog tomorrow – big well done to everyone who competed

Finally we have some winners in the SEL series of races as below:
Suzanne Gregory 2nd V40
Tim Campbell 5th overall / 2nd V40
Mark Riches 2nd V50
Shaun Moran 2nd V55

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