The long trek to Lilleshall

Categories: Cross Country

A cold but sunny day and a heavy course, water logged in places, greeted us at the National Sports Centre. It turned out to be a very worthwhile trek in terms of cementing contributions to individual and team results, with the outcome being finally decided next Sat (Feb 7th ) at Oswestry.

The first race saw John Spill finish an excellent 3rd and Steffan 6th in the u17 age category, while in the same race, continuing her superb record, Andrea Rowlands finished 2nd lady (1st F40). Bronwen Jenkinson ran well to finish 10th (as well as 1st u20) and was followed closely by Jenny Heming (F40 ),(great to see her racing again after a long injury lay off!), Sandra Rowlands (3rd F45), Helen Blair (F45), Hayley Turner, Ellie Salisbury (F50), Don Williams (1st M70) and Maggie (2nd F65).

Concern about the men having a team were allayed by the nine stalwarts who turned up! It was great to see Richard Roberts in his first cross country this season for the club, coming 2nd overall and new club member Owen Roberts (1st u20) continuing the standard of his debut run at St David`s College, by coming 7th in the men`s race. Good running saw Craig Jones (3rd M40) 25th, SPJ (1st M55) 31st, Arwel (3rd M55) 38th, Antony Woodall (M40) 50th, Paul Jenks (M45) 69th , Stu 75th and Steve Llan (M55) 98th.

The Ladies team was 2nd on the day but still has an overall lead of 67 and the Masters are also in a strong medal position. The mens team was 2nd on the day and are now only 30 points behind league leaders Bangor University in the aggregate results! The male masters were 3rd on the day and are in 4th overall position, only 23 points behind Buckley! So come on everyone, a really strong teams at Oswestry would see these great results maintained and even improved!!

Thanks to all who turned out to run for the club, with special mention to Stu for crossing the A55 dual carriageway with the gazebo and Arwel for driving the minibus! A final chance to share in the glory is the last league fixture at Oswestry on Sat Feb 7th. The free bus will leave Parc Menai at 10.30. Please confirm with Maggie Oliver to book a place. 07792053751 / 01286 871494 or Arwel Lewis 07772302411 / 01248 671202

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