15 Striders headed over to West Park Fields in Leeds for the 2nd Peco Cross Country race of the 15/16 season on Sunday 13th December. The wet conditions in the week prior to the event ensured the course resembled a mud bath throughout, with the cold conditions adding an extra issue to contend with.
Starting with the Ladies results, Sima Lowery and Nicola Carter were once again fighting it out for 1st Strider home. Sima was first on this occasion, finishing in 39:04, with Nicola completing the 4.7 mile course in 39:11. Sue Morley was next, just missing out on a top 100 placing, finishing 103rd in 45:12. Sue was followed by Edna Wood (55:05) and Janet Morris (01:00:56). The results consolidated the Ladies lead at the top of the Vets 2nd Division and a placing of 4th in the main 2nd Division.
Keith Emery once again led home Striders in the men’s field, finishing in 59th place with a time of 32:44. Martin Brock, competing in his 1st Cross Country event of the season, agonisingly missed out on a top 100 placing by 1 position, stopping the clock on 34:15. James Wright was just under two minutes behind, finishing in 36:10, before a tight pack of 3 Striders followed. Dan Wilson, Philip Cornforth and Sean Brennan were separated by only 12 seconds overall, finishing in times of 37:15, 37:17 and 37:27 respectively. Joining them were Ian Mitchell (42:50), Julian Carr (43:23) and Eric Morley (48:22). Steve Morris also attended but unfortunately had to pull out of the race early on due to injury. The results allowed the Striders to stay above local rivals Harrogate Harriers in the 2nd Division, consolidating 3rd spot, and achieve a placing of 7th in the Vets 1st Division.
Well done to all who took part – if you have registered for the Peco series, why not give the next event a go? It will be held on 3rd January at Middleton Park, Leeds. Further information can be found on www.pecoxc.co.uk