Race Day Report
There’s Cross country………
……..and there’s cross country!
Yes the 3rd
Derby Runner Cross Country Race was held
today (14th Jan) at the Populars Farm home
to an Equestrian Cross Country Centre which
presented a new and very different challenge
to that presented to the course at Foremark.
The weather was chilly, but it did not have
the wild wind, the snow/ice or even a drop of
rain, it was near perfect for XC.
With the late changes in the venue, illness,
injury, and marathon training the numbers
were a little less than in our previous races.
11 hardy members met up and chatted for a
few mins before thinking, ‘oh we need to go
and run a race!’ Off we went with a downhill
start and straight up again round a field and
then the hill, and what a hill – it was tough
and this was only the first lap!
The route was
following the equestrian XC course, without
the fences – or so we thought, and the under
foot conditions were heavy.
puddles, areas of mud and it was cut up a lot
in places so consistent running was not easy.
Part of the effort was trying to find good
under foot conditions.
Once past the 2nd hill
(nowhere near as bad as the first) the route
settled to allow some good steady running.
Then we had to face a tree trunk – yes one of
the fences that is part if the equine course we
had to jump over and onto a small water
hazard – in and out (it was bliddy cold!)
before setting out on lap 2.
We had 5 men turn up, so not quite enough
to make up the team, but credit to the other
4 who ran.
First home was Steve R closely
followed by Steve C and Ross then Wilf being
the fourth home.
I was 5th over the line, but
more importantly I didn’t fall (even in the
water) or get lost this time – so well done me!
As for the Ladies, they maintained their
excellent performances from the first 2 races.
First finisher was Emma C pipping Vicky to
the line, not soon after were Jacqui and
Tracey, thus making up the 4 for the ladies
However, they were not finished as
Lucy and Elaine were not too far behind,
completing a fantastic performance by the
Ladies all round.
The course was tough, under foot was not
easy, but it was very enjoyable and again the
feedback from all who ran was it was good
Cross Country does present a rare
occasion where it is a team performance and
the feeling of belonging to a club.
final results have confirmed, I’ll post the
changes, but hopefully the Ladies will have
maintained their position in the overall
Finally, Runner of the Day Award which Vicky
and I have the delight in talking about. Even
thou I achieved great success (ie: not falling
over or getting lost), the real runner and
performance of the day goes to Emma Cull.
Emma ran well all the way round, taking
Vicky over on one of the hills, and
maintained the lead over Vicky and thus
being the 1st Lady finisher. So massive welldone
We have one more XC race at Sinai Park,
Burton on the 25th Feb – so why not please
join us. Men, we need a get a team out, and
Ladies to keep up the good work they have
Alan and Vicki – Cross Country Captains