Herefordshire X-Country League – Race 1 – Moor Park


Well done, Russell! He didn’t run, but organised the new course, which, apart from the stiles, seemed to be appreciated by all – no mountains, but plenty of variation and certainly testing. The turnout was new too – many new faces, and not just because of the arrival of Hay Hotfooters. Jonathan Pugh (Builth) won the men’s race, in 32.57, ahead of clubmate Ryan Bevis (33.25), pushing Matt into 3rd place (34.04). With a number of talented new runners in the mix, and the absence of some of Croft’s talent, we didn’t score till Dave Ameghino (great run!) crossed the line in 20th (37.26), just beating Dan (37.27) and Mark (37.28); Dave G wasn’t far behind in 28th (38.07). Jon ran well to finish 39th (39.40) ahead of the fast finishing Ashley (39.59). Tom (60th) overhauled a tiring Guy (62nd), with Neil (65th) close behind. Frank, Gary and Daren crossed the line in quick succession (69-71) – 90 men ran in all. The women’s race was also won by a newcomer: Susan Marr (WVR), in 16.07, with Sue Davies not so far behind in 2nd (16.57). Nicky ran in typical determined fashion, overhauling a few to finish 9th, and Rachel also ran a great race (22nd, in 20.21) ahead of Liza Austin (31st, 21.29 – excellent first run in Croft colours) and Karen (33rd, 21.32). Kim is steadily working her way up from the back – 42nd (23.14), with Catherine cheerfully bringing up the rear (50th). The men’s A team managed 5th (out of 18) and the women 6th (out of 13), but with Sue counting from now on, that position should improve.

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