Report From Graham Lake
I’ve been struggling to find races that fit in with everything else going on, so took advantage of a bit of free time to do this as a guest runner. It was a fine autumn day for 500 runners (and that’s just the men) to do a lap of the fields, woods and hills of the estate. With my new streamlined chin I took it fairly easy for the first mile, but felt good, so pushed on up the long straight hill of ‘the avenue’. I seemed to be passing people and enjoyed the wooded trails. It wasn’t exactly very ‘cross-country’, purists would be saddened by the lack of mud, but it was a nice course. There’s a big hill near the end, but I was feeling ok, so pushed on, the final lap of the field was hard because I had someone on my shoulder and a Horsforth vest tantalisingly just in front, so I had to put in an effort to ‘just’ hold them off.
The race was won by some margin by Nathan Marsh of Leeds Uni CCC 25.30. I was 47th in 29.25. I didn’t see her, but Pange was 241st in 45.44, the ladies race being won by Zanthe Wray of Hallamshire.
Results here : http://www.pecoxc.co.uk/pages/race1.html