Monday, 28 September 2015

A&T X-country Saturday 26th September 2015 at Chorley – by Mark Riches

A magnificent 15 A&T runners turned up at a sunny Astley Park and Chris Bennett had already put the tent up when I arrived later than anticipated as I had underestimated the walk from the car park. I collected the numbers and Chris distributed them while I entered Barb White & Bev Tickle who had missed the pre-entry 

It was soon time for the ladies, pictured above, to tackle 2 large laps (6.2k) which included a lot of mud & 2 stream crossings per lap. Jackie Price led the way with a great run finishing 13th in a time of 28.08 followed by Suzanne Gregory (28.52) and Sue Fletcher (29.18) These 3 made up the team that finished 1st over 35 team and 4th overall ladies team, which is a terrific achievement. Next to finish was Louise Simpson (29.18) Barb (35.04) Michelle Fairclough (36.02) and Bev (36.22) with Clare Unsworth (39.10) 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. We had 2 men making their debut on the country Keiran Lomas & Rob Foster and they both seemed to ‘enjoy' it so I am sure we will see them at the next race. First A&T finisher was yours truly (Mark Riches) in a time of 45.42; you don’t hear that very often! Next it was Gary Stevens (46.53) followed by the first of our debutants, Keiron, who had a great run finishing in a time of 48.26 just holding off James Bentall (48.59) Next it was Jon Hall (51.20) and Mark Lysycia (53.54) with second debutant, Rob, completing the line-up in a time of 59.38 – well done lads

After James kindly agreed to ‘look after’ the tent & flag, I did my warm-down during the long trek back to my car

Next race in the club champs is on Saturday 10th October at LSV – make a note in your diaries

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