Report from OAC’s Tamara Weatherhead:
I traversed the Pennines this morning for the Pennington Flash 5 Mile Trail Race, hosted by Leigh Harriers and Athletic Club at their impressive club house and track including a stand with seats, in the Leigh Sports Village, no less! There were another brave couple of runners from Yorkshire, East Hull Harriers – and I thought I had come a long way, baby.
The race started on the springy track and then went around the dusty trails of Pennington Flash country park; pleasant enough, mostly flat, partly ridiculously windy in ya face along 1 mile of canal and back to a grandstand finish.
The race was won by Tom Carson (Bolton United Harriers) in 26.12. First lady was Laura Riches (Leigh Harriers & A.C.) 22nd overall in 30.09 followed by another couple of young Leigh lasses and then came me! I was quite pleased to justify my long journey with fourth overall in 61st position and first of all the old ladies in 33.01. I got a £20 voucher too – never got a first and a proper prize before. Oh, and another old lady club record, ta.
The only disappointment – and this be a cautionary tale about being big-headed – was that I could see the clock and was so busy being chuffed about being well inside the Club Record that it took me that extra second to realise I should speed up to make it under 33 mins. Doh!
Thanks to Leigh Harriers & A.C. for a well organised and well marshalled race. Friendly people, of course, being as they are from Lancashire. They spoke to me not even knowing I’m from their side!
Results from ukresults.