Ufton Court X-C Nov 29 2015

Race Reports


Memo for 2016, final Sunday in November: Christmas shopping, or Ufton Court? There were many absentees for yesterday’s race, who may or may not have been doing their Christmas shopping, but had more than likely seen the weather forecast – 50mph winds and heavy rain. In the event, the wind wasn’t too bothersome and the rain held off for the race itself, but that didn’t make the last third of the race any easier, through glutinous red Herefordshire marl. Matt James returned to winning ways in the men’s race, but just 13 seconds ahead of Stacey who now seems to be enjoying the cross country running! Simon  was forced to pull out early on, so despite Sam’s fine 7th position, we were a bit thin at the head of the field. Nigel (29th) managed to turn the tables on Greg (31st), who between them completed the A team, who still lie 2nd equal, only  one point adrift of Wye Valley. Ben had a good run in 36th as did the two Ashleys (AC 49th, AR 51st and 1st MV65). Antony (63rd) stuck in there well, and it’s good to see Daren (65th) returning to form. Neil T, me, Frank, Tom, Brian D and Rob were scattered among the remaining places in the field of 110. 66 competed in the women’s race, alongside the men, with Sue D flying the flag for Croft in 11th place, and 1st FV50. Liz (1st FV60) struggled over the later stages, but still hung on for 14th place, just ahead of Sam (15th) who held off Alison by 1 second. Steph, also finding the last mile or two very tough, hung in there for 19th, while Carol, always smiling, was well into the top half of the field, beating off 5 close challengers to cross the line in 31st.

1 thought on “Ufton Court X-C Nov 29 2015

  1. Not really the sort of course to appeal to the soul of Croft runners. Compliments to Nigel and Greg for providing solid backup to Stacey and Sam – this allows Croft to stay within reach of gaining that elusive title and proves that it is a whole team effort. Some pics. now in the website Gallery – some smilers, some sufferers and some deep in concentration.

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