Muddy Mold XC

Categories: Cross Country

Well done to all 27 Eryri Harriers who braved the mud, rain and wind of Mold XC – if you’ve forgotten what it was like, it wasn’t a day for standing around and chatting, but it was a fantastic day running-wise! Brilliant results and even better to see people who have been away for a while due to injury, back running in their vest – fantastic!
We had an amazing turnout, for both the men and women. In the ladies race, Andrea Rowlands (11th), Beckie Taylor (12th), Annabel McQueen (14th) and Becki Law (18th), followed very closely by Tammy Lewis-Jones (21st), Helen Blair (26th) and Annie Williams (37th). Was great to see Lou Beetlestone coming in a solid 38th, back after a chest infection, Sandra Rowlands in 43rd also back after foot problems and Ellie Salisbury (51st) nursing an injured collar bone – you guys are troopers! Brilliant also to see Alison Donnelly (76th), Alex Fletcher (81st) and Maggie Oliver coming in at 91st.
Also churning up the fields in the first race of the day was 1st V70 Don Williams who was 52nd, Ryan Owen who was 3rd and Steffan Williams who was 6th (U17).
The men’s race was fantastic with Rob Samuel winning the event outright, looking ever-strong also after injury, and making the mud look like smooth tarmac! Similarly, it was great to see Rich Roberts (also nursing a few niggles) who had a great run coming in at 4th and Dewi Owen a fantastic 16th! Matt Fortes paced it well and came in a strong 26th position followed by another injury-beater Adrian Williams (34th). In his first cross-country this season, Sam Green had a strong run coming in 42nd , with SPJ in 44th and fresh from Dubai! Huw Owen, Arwel Lewis (83rd) and Paul Hodges (97th, 1st cross country EVER!) packed well with the Steve Ll Jones coming in 141st (how many XC’s have you done Steve!?).
So, the all-important team results…Eryri ladies are still first in the seniors and masters, with the men’s team maintaining second and the master’s mens team are 5th – well done everyone!
Next fixture is on Saturday 16th January at Walford College, Baschurch, Shewsbury, SY4 2HL. A minibus will be going, more details to follow nearer the time. Cheers and have a wonderful festive season and the rest of the XC season too – I’ll be back in April and the wonderful Maggie Oliver will be keeping things going whilst I’m away too. See email: maggiealwyn@gmail.com 

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