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Saturday 14th November – Race 3 WYXC League – Keighley


Report from the Hon. Handicapper.

With the alternative attraction of the Abbey Dash tomorrow, we unfortunately didn’t quite manage to finish a team in either of the senior races.  The course next to Cliffe Castle was easily the muddiest so far this season. Each lap included a steep climb, followed by a very tricky adverse camber, a steep muddy downhill and then a short steep bank, which several people struggled to even get up!  The rest was of the lap was a flat, punctuated with several switch backs to disrupt the rhythm.

As usual the ladies were first off for the seniors and there was a tight battle on the first two of the 3 lap course, between the track star Alex Bell, Pudsey & Bramley & Mountain, Fell, Cross Country specialist Katie Walshaw, Holmfirth.  Alex eventually prevailing by 11 seconds in 19:33.  Caron Ralph revelled in the conditions to finish 49th 27:16, followed by Jackie Ackroyd in 63rd, 29:51.

The mens race was 4 large laps & 1 short and Tom Adams, Ilkley H. dominated again but young Emile Cairess from Leeds pushed him a little harder this time, Tom winning in 23:24.  I made a school boy error getting caught unawares on the last lap thinking I had another lap to go,  doh.. finishing 29th 26:49, next was David Cattanach, 127th 45:28, battling with Sean for much of the race who was just behind 128th 45:55, and last but definitely not least was Antonio Cardinale 129th 51:20.

PS. If anyone wants to run at the next one at Nunroyd Park, Yeadon on Sun. 6th Dec. & isn’t already entered in the league.  Please let me know.  It’s not too late to enjoy the thrills & spills of the West Yorks. cross country.

  1. #1 by Howard on November 15, 2015 - 3:25 pm

    Well done to everyone who did this. I have done it in the past and remember it being a bit of a nightmare. Antonio did well and its not where you come, its whether you are there!
    I used to think cross country would make me stronger which it did but just in the smell of mud.

  2. #2 by Antonio Cardinale on November 15, 2015 - 9:46 pm

    Howard I remember doing this cross in 2002 in the same place, where Ian Fisher won the race , it was all dry ,you could have used road shoes as well , but yesterday in Keighley was really bad , like the excellent report from Andrew R. describe the perfect scenario , part of the course that you will not see in the pics were a sliding arena , I was between those who struggled to even get up this short evil steep bank . David C. was just awesome with 45:28, also Caron was fantastic in this tough course .Well done to everybody .

  3. #3 by Hannah Lupton on November 17, 2015 - 12:50 pm

    I remember the muddy conditions in Keighley from last year with the juniors which I think put Suzy and I off for life. I think xc is a bit like marmite, you either love it or hate it. Well done to you all, the conditions sound awful!

  4. #4 by Caron on November 17, 2015 - 5:54 pm

    Yes it was a quagmire! And well done to Jackie Ackroyd as well

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