The men came 3rd in the team competition, and top team from North Wales. Rob has the medals for those who had to leave before the presentation. I don't have the individual positions at present so will post when they are available.
Erika was 9th in the lady's competition (7th in the senior lady section) and I think Jane was 25th.
Meirionnydd Running Club played fantastic hosts to amongst others, an auspicious gathering of of international fell and mountain runners. Determined to give the big boys and girls a run for their entrance fee's, a small detachment of Buckleyites made the journey to a stunning part of the Principality to sample the ascents. descents, flats and bogs of this testing 10k course.
Despite Morris's elbows Taggart had a bit of early luck breaking away from the field going on to work off the front of Morris and Higgins for the duration of the whole race.
All competitors were treated to soup and bread at the 'local' after their exploits. A brilliant day in fantastic company.
Lloyd Taggart - 47.34 Simon Edwards - 58.38 John Morris - 1:09.51 Chris Higgins - 1:10.11 Fen Higgins - 1:20.45 Rob Mackey - 1:32.47
Sprains, pains but still some gains. Despite some long standing injuries amongst quicker colleague runners, Buckleyites turned out in numbers to give neighbouring clubs a 'run for their subs'. Dave 'Boothers' Boothroyd really pushing himself over the distance which has been an elusive target through his injury.
Fresh from the slopes of Tarren Hendre fell race the day before, John Morris hurtled in to third v65 third position. It was a pleasure to see Jack Thomas return to the road after his back difficulties.
Erica, looking sharper than ever put in a characteristically stoic performance to see her 1st SL and 3rd lady overall. No mean feat in such company and off the back of injury.
Established and newer colleagues were in the reckoning, with some new names making their mark. Well done Andrew and Christian only a second between you!
Results below. Take care.
Matthew Rose 32:22 (7th) Jez Brown 33:22 (11th) Eric Campbell 33:50 (3rd V45) Erika Robinson 36:46 (1st SL - 3rd Lady) Les Coathup 37:28 (4th V55) Jeff Gifford 38:03 Dave Boothroyd 38:58 Mike Jones 39:03 Andrew Holden 41:50 Christian Reid 41:51 Marcus Reid 41:56 Chris Higgins 42:12 John Morris 43:50 (3rd V65) Fenella Higgins 44:27 (4th LV40) Margaret Ludden 45:36 Leighton Williams 46:45 Jack Thomas 49:32
The North Wales Cross Country fell on a really cold day, with hard frosty ground but the sun was out at the Rhug Organic Estate in Corwen, some Buckley runners when out for the day to enjoy the running events and the Buffalo Burgers! Senior Men Matthew Rose 37:43 Eric Campbell 41:35 (2nd v45) Chris Higgins 48:22 Male Masters Rob Mackey 46:39 Senior Women Dawn Urquart 25:52 (2nd v35) Jane Lindley 27:24 Fen Higgins 27:47 The senior ladies came away with 3rd vet. team.
Well done to both Matt and Rob for winning trophies for the series this year.
Well done to everyone who turned out this season in a variety of weather conditions, sun in Colwyn Bay, hail at Bangor, below zero temperatures in Wrexham, fog at Telford and yesterday at Oswestry the wind and rain.
The Welsh CC Champs are being held at Northop on Saturday 19th February. This is a superb opportunity for North Wales runners to a) compete in a Welsh championship event and b) do very well in it (it is a long way from south Wales to Northop - much further than North wales to Cardiff!). In particular there are opportunities for team prizes.
It is equally important that it is well supported by local clubs, if we don't support it it will justify holding in the south more often.
Please support this event. But.......................
Registration can only be made through the club. We have to register runners with Welsh Athletics by Tuesday 8th. Please let Jane or Rob know if you fancy it. We will need your WA registratin number (the one opn your card) It is better to register now, even if you are not sure. You can't do it later.