Report from the hon. handicapper.
The third race in the league took place round the muddy fields next to Cliffe Castle in Keighley. The mud together with a steep climb on each large lap made it tough going, although the distance was a little less than usual, at approx 6.5 k for the senior men’s race.
Caron Ralph was off first for the seniors and ran well finishing 62nd in 26:14. Katie Walshaw glided over the mud to win the race by half a minute or so in 18:27.
The seniors men’s race was four large laps, finishing with a shorter lap of the flatter section of the course. The hill on the larger lap was split into a couple of zigzag climbs and after a short section after the climb, the trickiest part of the course was negotiating a right hand turn, against the camber of the slope and there were several falls here. I was surprised to finish 18th, 27:08, behind Frank Beresford’s excellent run for 5th, 24:49. Antonio Cardinale did amazingly well to stay on his feet all the way round running in his road shoes! finishing 147th 45:53. Unfortunately the road works on the Bingley bypass caused Ian & Shane to turn back as it was pretty much gridlock through Bingley and Riddlesden. The 3rd different winner in this season’s races was Dominic Easter, Leeds City, 24:05. See full results here. Cross country good for the soul? see report from Saturday’s race in the Guardian here.