Race Report 08/12/20

Mud, mud, glorious mud was the sub text of the virtual cross country at Alan Wikeley’s Knayton farm this week! Will his fields ever recover? Thankyou to Alan and Margaret for the use of their fields, and with Rob Burn for measuring out a suitable two lap course.  Suitable for Rob, that is, as he loves running in mud! As ever, the course could be run over any of 4 days, and 72 members and guests availed themselves of the opportunity. Andrew Price was fastest over the 3+ mile route, finishing in an amazing 22.52 minutes, with Matt Jones 2nd in 24.41, Rob Burn 3rd in 25.18, Stephan Tomaszewski 4th in 25.24, Paul Peacock 5th in 25.30, Joseph Lofthouse 6th in 25.58, Gary Bastow 7th in 26.52, Alan Simpson 8th in 27.18, David Fawkes 9th in 28.31 and Mike Lowther 10th in 28.47. Also finishing were Andy Butcher, Marc Davies, Pedro Carrasco, Richard Morrice, Adrian Saunders, Gary Wilkinson, Rob Lickley, David Tervit, Brett Edgeworth, Geoff Bullock, Duncan Fothergill, Ken Evitt, Dave Baker, Joe Joyce, James Stephenson, Chris Wordsworth, Steve Billings, Paul Goacher, Mike Cropper ( nursing an injury), Paul Adams, Nigel Morgan, Phillip Craig, Martyn Coy, Alan Wikeley and Ian Codling.

Right up among the front runners was once again Esther Harrison, 1st lady and in 8th overall place, in a time of 26.12. Trudie Morrice was 2nd lady, 10th overall, in 27.54, with Lorraine Hiles 3rd, and 13th overall, in 29.07. Helen Ashworth came 4th in 31.10, Rosie Gatenby 5th in 31.36, Hilary Coventry 6th in 31.48, Louise Mayfield 7th in 32.13, Kirsty Naylor 8th in 33.15, Jill Libby 9th in 34.02, and Trish Radford 10th in 34.57. Other ladies finishers were Tracey Lowther, Clare Tempest, Stephanie Hawkins, Joanne Hunt, Liz Wordsworth – running in borrowed shoes as hers fell apart on the first hill, Fiona Bellas, Alison Butcher, Margaret Wikeley, Kimberli Werner, Christine Burn, Sarah Goacher – in her first ever cross country (what an introduction), Sharon Keegan, Pat Kirby, Faith Coy, Liz Stephenson and Marian Coy. I must also mention the Coy children, Lilly, 13 and Reuben, 11, who accompanied their parents and overcame all the mud. A wonderful effort, as was everyone else’s of course, in this penultimate club championship race.

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