Little Peterstow orchards – 3rd race in Herefords. and Border League

Race Reports Winter league

Somewhat belatedly, and I’m afraid without the full results (still available via Facebook), an account of the third race in the winter series.

It was cold, with a strong northerly wind, but at least dry, over a course with minimal mud. Seeing in advance that it was an apple orchard course, like many others I wasn’t greatly enthralled at the prospect of running round blocks of apple trees, but in the event it turned out to be more varied than that, with a certain amount of steady climb and occasional glimpses of runners ahead, the other side of a hedge.

A slightly smaller field turned out, in total and in terms of Croft runners, but both A teams maintained their positions, with the men establishing their hold on first place, and the women just 20 points behind Couriers, in third place. Matt chased Ollie Perratt to the line, but had to settle for second place, with Gareth 8th, Mark 10th and Eric close behind in 11th to complete the A team. Alice matched Matt’s performance, 2nd in the women’s race, ably backed by Kelly in 6th. Jo was 19th and Anna 24th, a little ahead of Mia and Olivia. We appear to have great potential among the young female runners, with Charlotte, injured on the day, also in there.

Race 4 has been added to the calendar, the notorious Rotherwas lapped course beside the river Wye, on  January 9th, with the last race being in Presteigne on February 6th.

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