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.