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Sunday 7th December – West Yorks. Cross Country – Nunroyd Park


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.

  1. #1 by Shane Ewen on December 7, 2014 - 8:35 pm

    Sorry I didn’t hang around to cheer you in Antonio, but it was really cold to stand around and the bar was calling me! Well done to everyone on a great course. Congrats toAndrew & Frank on a strong series. Roll on the Yorkshires!

  2. #2 by Andrew Robertshaw on December 7, 2014 - 9:36 pm

    Ditto as regards the cold and Antonio the star making up the Otley team. I was pleased with my run and the overall series & I think Shane was the runner of the day for Otley.

  3. #3 by Antonio Cardinale on December 7, 2014 - 10:39 pm

    I agree with Andrew R. the 40:23 of Shane E. is a great result that I would call a spectacular one and thank you just the same for you wanting to cheer me up at the finish line. Well done to all the club members who took part in this indeed hard cross country especially Andrew R. that with 37:48 he was really flying in a sea of thick mud. As well thank you to Mark H. and Kath and Jack R. for supporting all the club members in Nunroyd Park.

  4. #4 by Howard on December 8, 2014 - 9:09 am

    Well done everyone. From the results that looked like a really tough event. Mention in despatch for Antonio, without him no team!

  5. #5 by Graham on December 8, 2014 - 10:25 am

    I was awful, sorry chaps. Maybe a race in the morning wasn’t the best prep? And was rightly called out by the Robertshaws for chatting on lap 3 :o)

  6. #6 by Hannah on December 10, 2014 - 12:55 pm

    Well done guys and gals, I was there in the morning with the kids and it was bitter cold, my daughter Suzy was not happy and struggled to get moving. The course was getting very muddy in places when I left and there were still junior races going on so I thought you might have a tough afternoon.

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