Race 2 - Trotters 5 mile Trail Race
26 gorgeous A&T blues turned out for Trotters 5 yesterday, made up of 15 guys and 11 ladies for our 2nd race of the road calendar. The weather was kind to us although the course was predictably muddy due to the nature of the course and the recent wet weather so most of us plumped for trail shoes. The course this year was ran in reverse to previous years and was the cause of much nervousness (mine) at the prospect of running up the previously referred to 'lovely' hill (due to the welcome descent) but no more would it be lovely, especially on the 2nd lap when the turning appeared to have moved much further away!
As ever Burnden put on a well organised event. Registration was very busy and Scott of the Antarctic (loves a few layers our Scott) was asked for his age by the lady who proceeded to announce "you're still a man!" Ahemmm, we think she meant not yet a Vet but if you need me to change your category on the results when the tablets start working Scott, just give me a shout :o
It was lovely to see Shaun Moran returning to racing this weekend along with a few new faces to the team - Tracy and Brendon Loughrey.
I must also say a massive well done to our Cross Country hardcore mud-lovers who did both a really tough Boggart Hole Clough race the day before Trotters too, hats off to Mark, Shaun, Suzanne, James, Neil & Clare.
So after 2 loops of a real humdinger of a trail race first over the line for A&T was Neil Hughes in 34:02 followed by Mark Riches 34:47 and Ian Joslin 35:08. First lady was Suzanne in 39:55 followed closely by Jackie 40:07 and Kim in 47:25.
Everyone received their Trotters T-shirts and a few spot prizes were also won by the team as they crossed the line. I'd also like to say a big thank you to Gary Stevens whose well done handshake to team mates as we crossed the line was a very welcome sight, also thanks to Dave & Bob and Cath Hodgetts who were there to support on the course, the shouts outs really help. The encouragement and support from everyone on the team was, and is, always lovely and its what makes race day special <virtual group hug>.
So although the course was tough and a touch longer than 5 miles (reportedly you can have a minute back for that?) a few of us actually preferred the reverse version of Trotters 5!
Looking at the full results it was interesting to note that of everyone who raced last year only two A&T'ers improved on their 2014 times. Firstly Neil Hughes who beat his time by 2 seconds and Paul 'Baron' Basnett improved on last year by 2 minutes 8 seconds - making him the runner of the day - well done Paul, bottle of wine on its way to you.
Full results and club standings are now completed and ready to be published on the web so keep checking for updates.
Next Race Gin Pit Half Marathon 22nd March 2015. If anyone is available to support Malc on the Saturday 21st March by giving an hour to marshall we are still short by about 4 people. Please contact Malc via facebook if you can help.
Thanks once again, looking forward to seeing you all soon