The Northern cross country gave Otley folk a new perspective to the grounds of Harewood House. The organisers produced a classic course of just 2 laps for both senior races. Lots of hills, energy sapping soft going all round the lap, with a few muddier patches thrown in. As with the Yorkshire’s is was great to see the Black vests 🙂 of Otley represented in the majority of the races throughout the day. See a full results on Northern Athletics here.
The senior women had a great day finishing 19th team with Vicky Stainburn first home in 68th, 36:10 followed by Laura McCabe 108th 38:23, Louise Williams 146th 39:54, Sara Elliott 175th 40:54, Rachael Wright 204th 41:44, Madeleine DeLucchi 410th 55:57 and Victoria Taylor 431st 1:05:21. Mhairi Maclennan from Morpeth H. won 18 seconds clear of Lauren Howarth, Leigh H.
The final race of the day came down to battle on the last lap between early leader Matthew Bowser, Lincoln Wellington and Carl Avery, Morpeth. On the last long climb Matthew Bowser suddenly started limping quite badly but somehow managed to hang on to the top of the climb. However Carl Avery surged into a clear lead on the descent to the gate finishing with a four second lead in a time of 39:50. Gary Johnson had the honour of being first home for Otley in 260th 50:03 followed by Graham Lake 372nd 53:59, Stephen Boddy, (currently missing from the results, most likely Steve Boddy, Gosforth 497th 56:12 ??), Nick Hodgkinson 755th 1:18:39 and Antonio Cardinale 761st 1:42:03. President Billy unfortunately had to pull up with an injury on the first lap.
Runour has it that next year Harewood hosts the National Cross Country, the training starts now, one not to be missed, see more photos on the club Flickr site here.