Report from Mark Hall:
I drove up to Tollcross Park, south of Glasgow city on the day. The race was over 8k and 4 circuits of an undulating, muddy course. My race was for runners 50/55/64 years. The event has individual placings but it is more about the team race. The races had teams from England, Ireland N/S, Scotland and Wales. The race set off at a very fast pace as all X events do, I managed to hang on to a group for a couple of laps then unusually let a gap appear which I was unable to get back even though I closed on the final lap. From lap 3, I found myself between groups with nobody close behind so I ran to maintain my position. I finished 8th in my V55 category which I was very pleased with. My last X race was in 2010, a 3 miles relay! I really was not expecting a top placing from this event so was delighted to get in the top half of the field and only get beaten by 7 others. The top 4 were experienced X runners and with a little more X training sure I would not be far off as I have beaten them all comfortably on the roads this year, however, it’s horses for courses and X is definitely not my course!
Even though I only finished 8th I was part of the winning England team that won the gold medal at V55, an excellent result beating last years champions, Ireland.