Report from the Hon. handicapper.
A bitterly cold day and mud , now that’s what is called cross country and the final race of the series at Nunroyd Park didn’t disappoint. After our juniors had run in the morning the senior ladies set off on their 3 lap, 6k ish course. 2 shorter laps followed by one large one that included the traditional shin deep mud at the end of the extra field. This time Caron Ralph was joined by Pange Srivastava and both ran well finishing 62nd & 97th respectively in times of 31:13 & 36:29, and particularly good to see Pange back injury free. Reversing the leading positions from Cliff Castle Alex Bell from Pudsey & Bramley won in 22:17 ahead of Katie Walshaw of Holmfirth.
The senior men’s race was 4 large laps, so the muddiest section had to be negotiated on each lap. Tom Adams, Ilkley H. was first home in 33:50 23 seconds ahead of Kim Critchley, York Knavesmire. First for Otley in 17th was Scott Harrington, 37:02, followed by myself 29th, 37:48, 55th Liam Dunne 40:04, 60th Shane Ewen 40:23, 108th Graham Lake 44:19, and completing the 6 for the team 151st Antonio Cardinale 1:08:42, Jon Greenwell struggled through 3 laps with a bad blister on his heal before having to call it a day. Hope it heals quickly.
A much better season throughout finishing a team in all but one race, finishing 9th team in this one & thanks to the senior Robertshaw’s & Mark Hall for coming along to support, See full results here & photos on WoodenTops here. Overall League results give Frank Beresford 2nd in the senior men’s category & a 3rd for myself in the 40-44 category, thanks to Shane for staying and collecting these shields.