Harriers Revel in the Mud
There were fourteen runners from the club running in three races at the National Cross-country Championships at Wollaton Park Nottingham. The event attracted club runners from right across the country to compete in these races and to most of us, it is the highest level of competition we are likely to aspire to.
First off was Ben Rhodes in the Junior Men’s race over 10k which was had a smaller field than some of the races but was exceptionally high quality. Ben who is at Leeds University and over the winter has suffered a few injuries, ran well and should be pleased with his performance.
Next off was the ladies where Steph Ilsley, Rosemary Arris and Meg Mcharg took to the field. This race was 8k in distance and it was great to see them doing so well in a field littered with international runners. Just for the record, this was Meg’s first cross-country ever and to run it in the Nationals is absolutely great. Well done Meg.
After nine races it was the turn of the Senior Men and a well cut up course of 12k. This race saw ten runners from the club with Krish Dev our first finisher followed by Simon Edwards, Rob Norman, Amer Armoush, Tim Boursnell, Andy Nash, Simon Hackett, Malcolm Weir, Rob Pearce and Gavin Elliott. This was Rob Norman’s tenth consecutive National Cross-country and hopefully many more to come.
Well done to all the Harriers who raced in the Nationals and the support from our own members, family, friends and general public was great.
Craig Allen kept up his rich vein of form with a good run in this race, finishing in a time of 2hrs 17mins. Just over two and a half mins behind was Andy Watson in 2hrs 19mins.