Marathon training is simply not helpful when trying to find the time to write these reports so apologies for the delayed publication….
Fifth fixture in the Mid Lancs Cross Country series was the “Harry Potteresque” Rossall School at coastal town Cleveleys. A new venue so an unknown for all the Harriers.
It was Dave Waddington who said to me once, “with Cross Country you never know who is going to be there, sometimes people just turn up out of the blue”. With busy lives people often make a last minute decision to turn up….and turn up they did in droves! 😀
Such was the steady flow of Harriers arriving on Saturday, that the “Club Statman” was frantically borrowing fingers to help count up the numbers, hoping the magical two team barrier would be broken through for only the second time this season. It was all too much, ten fingers were not cutting it.
Well done to the Club juniors who competed in the early races and their families and coaches for supporting them.
The ladies were missing a few regular faces so an ideal opportunity for a few others to make their mark and continue the Harriers success steamroller. At V35 and V45 level they have flattened the opposition all year. First or second in their league in every fixture, tremendous performances. What would today bring?
Well it appeared the ladies steamroller had been out on the course when we arrived as apart from a couple of grassy banks it was pancake flat. Being a new course warm ups were an ideal opportunity to suss out the course.
Weather conditions were a little chilly but a great change from all the recent rains. ⛅️
Turning out with remnants of a cough was number one lady Jayne Taylor, keen to help the ladies to league victory. The presentation buffet an overwhelming thought. 🍰 Jayne was aided and abetted by 5 superstar ladies.
This meant the ladies had enough runners out for A and B teams plus V35 & V45 teams – another fantastic effort. These teams scooped 5th, 25th, 2nd & 5th respectively consolidating their already impressive league positions.
Next up were the men. After starting the season slowly the men were gradually warming to the task. Promotion from Division 2 and keeping B team status in Division 3 were still looking possible, which would be a great result to accompany the probable female success.
After warm ups the men were sheltering from the fresh breeze in the comfort of team HQ. Gary Fitzpatrick shook up this status quo with a few bursts of deep heat spray. This was enough to force most of the men out gasping for air.
The men managed to field a staggering 17 (yes seventeen!!) runners. With so much Harriers interest there was some fascinating personal battles and some excellent debuts. Well done to the men who all ran very committed races producing a stunning result.
A team were a brilliant 4th and more importantly a very strong B team waded in with a great 11th place, vital for the hopes of maintaining Division 3 status. For the old boys…3rd V40 & 9th V50 were also marvelous results.
And off they went, a legion of Harriers into battle.
A selection of race photos, the order got mixed up a little in uploading. Thanks to our on course photography team.
Here’s a link to the full results, well done everyone involved.
The trip back was broken up with the obligatory coffee stop – such are the club numbers we will have to start booking our cafe stops!
It’s easy to see this was one of the best fixtures of the season for the club but it was only made possible by a healthy turnout of Harriers. The last fixture is this coming Saturday at a very local Cuerden Valley Park. Please do all you can to either run or come along and support. With a strong Harriers contingent we have the possibility of completing one of the best Cross Country seasons yet.