Northern Cross Country Championships @ Knowsley Safari Park.

Mud, Mud , Glorius Mud. It was muddy,  we got dirty, it wasn’t easy and that’s how some of us  like it. The easy races are quickly forgotten , but the ones that challenge us  live on, strengthening our mind and body for future challenges.

Giles Hawking

Giles Hawking

After the great turn out for the Yorkshires we were somewhat less well represented at the Northerns, however we still managed to field a Mens team  (the Senior Men of York’s other ‘Athletics’ club were shying away again) , and have representation  in the Ladies and Under 17 Men’s races.

First out of the traps was Rob Judson in the Under 17’s, he tackled a   5.8km  course   and finished 83rd (of119) in 23:23.

Rob Judson running in the Under 17's

Rob Judson running in the Under 17’s

Caroline Warrington was our sole representative in the Senior Ladies race, the   8km   race   came after a massive downpour turning the already heavy going into a leaden muddy soup. Braving some persistant icy showers and unkind gusts of wind Caroline ran well to finish 99th (of 232) in 39:10.

Caroline Warrington skipping over the mud

Caroline Warrington skipping over the mud

After eight junior races and the Ladies race  had well and truly churned the mud up it was time for the Senior Mens’s race.  Three  laps  totalling  12km   and pretty much all of it either slippy, sloppy or sticky.
As always or diehard runners put in some sterling efforts for Team Knavesmire, rewarded with 25th team of 59 that completed the race. If I have my geography correct we were number one from North Yorkshire.

Eight Men ran:
131st Chris Roberts 49:27
161st Simon Collins 50:33
220th Giles Hawking 52:26~
268th Neil Stabs 53:49
325th Rory Henderson 55:43
334th Pete Downes 55:56
427th Barry Atkinson 1:00:26
482nd Daniel Birch 1:04:08             Full Results

After running Rob gives details of conditions out on the course to the Senior Men, who are  wisely sheltering from the downpour in the cafe.

After running Rob gives details of conditions out on the course to the Senior Men, who are wisely sheltering from the downpour in the cafe.

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