Report from Sean O’Halloran: Saturday saw the running of the Yorkshire Championship XC Race held at Lightwater Valley Theme Park, Ripon. As you can imagine being a Championship event this race attracted the top runners from all over Yorkshire.
The course was perfect for a championship race, plenty of mud, steep climbs, gradual climbs, and sections for face paced running. This was a tough XC race (my 8th this winter) as you had little time to recover from the climbs before the fast sections and the relentless, ankle deep in places, mud made it heavy going . But it was a great race and one I enjoyed.
The event followed the same format as other XC races; the junior races were then followed by the senior ladies and then finally the senior men. Unfortunately there was no representation from the Otley juniors or from the senior ladies this year. However there were three of us in the B&W vest in the senior men’s race.
The ladies top three was as follows.
|1||0:31:51||DUCK, Claire||Leeds City|
|2||0:32:14||PARTRIDGE, Susan||Leeds City|
The men’s top three was as follows
|1||0:37:09||THEWLIS, Jonathan||Notts AC|
|3||0:37:27||BAYTON, Steve||Hallamshire H.|
The three from Otley finished as follows.
|53||0:41:56||ROBERTSHAW, Andrew*||Otley A.C.|
|268||1:13:53||O’HALLORAN, Sean||Otley A.C.|
|269||1:17:00||CATTANACH, David||Otley A.C.|
Report from Liam Dunne: Unfortunately my email from the club for entry into the Yorkshire XC got lost in cyberspace, and by the time I had realised entry had already closed. As I’m heading back to Ireland in a couple of weeks for the Irish National Masters XC, I wanted get a competitive XC race in and decided I would run the Yorkshire XC anyway and just pull out at the finish.