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Saturday 26th January – Northern Cross Country – Knowsley Safari Park


Report from the Hon. Handicapper
Mud, mud glorious mud… With a few traffic problems en-route we arrived at the park with a little less than 15 mins to go to the start.  For a big event like this it was going to be touch an go whether we’d make it to the start line in time.  Luckily we did, lining up next favourites for the team race, Leeds City.

The race was a 12k, 3 lap affair with no respite from the mud apart from a 20m section on the finishing straight, so not really a course for the track or road runners.  I was pleased with a top 200 finish  in 193rd 51:40 a few places ahead on Jon Greenwell 238th 52:58.  The star of the show for the Black and Whites and rolling back the years was Ian (the King) Fisher, with a brilliant run finishing 27th 43:42.  It is worth noting the standard of the race that a certain Olympic bronze medalist finished one place outside the top 20.

Our post race analysis of our the race preparation, was that it proved to be quite useful on this occasion, with absolutely zero hanging around in the cold and mud..

The race was won by Dan Garbutt, Durham City in 41:17.  Full results here.  Report and links to pictures here and interview with the winner here.

  1. #1 by graham lake on January 26, 2014 - 5:47 pm

    Brilliant run Ian! And Andrew and Jon of course.

  2. #2 by Hannah Mallinson on January 26, 2014 - 7:13 pm

    Well done lads, Caron and I kept wondering how you were getting on in the awful weather.

  3. #3 by Howard on January 26, 2014 - 7:38 pm

    Good running boys. Looks like it was a hard slog with a class field. Awesome,

  4. #4 by Ian Fisher on January 26, 2014 - 8:01 pm

    Just seen the results. Wow I did alright didn’t I? I don’t think my running style was all that pretty at that speed. But I felt fine when I finished with plenty more in the tank. I’m sure I would have finished higher had I been race sharp. I could write a report but my ego could crash this website, or even the World Wide Web and plunge the world into kaos. But thankfully, I’m trained in knowing in keeping my feet grounded. (If only it was filmed eh??) ALL HAIL THE KING!!

  5. #5 by Ian Fisher on January 26, 2014 - 8:02 pm

    graham lake :
    Brilliant run Ian! And Andrew and Jon of course.

    Thanks Graham. It’s nice to know I have still got the magic.

  6. #6 by Simon Anderson on January 26, 2014 - 9:12 pm

    Well done all of you. Very creditable performances.

  7. #7 by Ursula on January 26, 2014 - 9:20 pm

    You boys did us proud – well done! At your running speed I don’t suppose you had time to admire the animals, unless of course they were chasing you round! ? !

  8. #8 by Antonio Cardinale on January 26, 2014 - 9:52 pm

    When one runner has got talent Ian, it never goes away . Also Andrew had a solid performance indeed , well done you two .

  9. #9 by Tom Potter on January 26, 2014 - 10:35 pm

    Ian Fisher :

    graham lake :
    Brilliant run Ian! And Andrew and Jon of course.

    Thanks Graham. It’s nice to know I have still got the magic.

    Oh Ian get over yourself! :-/

  10. #10 by Matt Podd on January 27, 2014 - 10:26 am

    Ian not only runs very well, but is a lesson to us all in modesty – understatment is his middle name. Well done to all of you for running well, going to Liverpool and not being eaten by animals.

  11. #11 by Richard Smith on January 27, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    Animals? I assume youre referring to scousers, Matt.

    Brilliant run Ian defeating the winner of the Abbey Dash last year and just a few spots behind a certain Mr Brownlee.

    Well done Andrew on another strong and to John too. Awesome efforts all round.

  12. #12 by Antonio Cardinale on January 27, 2014 - 8:43 pm

    Also Jon run strongly indeed in this years Northern Cross Country, well done to him as well .

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