PECO XC 2018-19 Series Round-up
This winter’s PECO Cross-Country series is in the books and it proved a very positive one for Knaresborough Striders.
We enjoyed stronger turnouts at the five events, with 37 Striders taking part in massive field of over 1,400 athletes. Whilst the snow and ice which typified the previous series were absent, each round nonetheless provided undulating and muddy tests for our plucky members. At around 4-5miles each, the races featured incredibly competitive fields from 22 local clubs. Healthier numbers allowed us to post some great results in the different leagues which exist within the overall competition: Our Ladies team finished 2nd in the second division and also secured 7th in the tough Ladies’ Vets Premier division. Our Men gained 3rd place in their second division and a very creditable 5th in Men’s Vets.
In the individual standings, the headline performance came from Issy Rowe, 5th overall, who proved a valuable addition to the club with a series of very strong runs. Our next lady overall was Sima in a very strong 27th place after the five events. Sue Morley (139th overall) put in commanding performances to take first place in her age category, whilst Sima and Julie claimed 7th and 15th respectively in their categories. Our other contenders in the Female category were: Lisa Harrison, Catherine Morland, Sue Morley, Julie Elmes, Edna Wood, Pamela Singleton, Claire Killingworth, June Graham, Fyn Lees, Kerensa Welsby, Gosia Przybyl, Nicola Carter, Sarah Gore, Sally Taylor, Amy Naylor, Deborah Goldfield, Claire Baxter, Gemma Harding, Lizzie Medwell, and Jo Bower. They competed in a field of 653 athletes across the series.
In the 764-strong male category, three Striders ran close across the series for the honour of being first Strider overall. With final positions of 60th, 68th and 72nd respectively, Steve Morland, Ted Welton and James Wright enjoyed some great battles for that particular honour. Steve and Ted also claimed 6th and 7th in their age category, whilst a series of improving performances gave Phil Cornforth 12th place in his (new) category. A word also for Gary Wilkinson, who staked a strong claim for ‘Most Improved Peco Strider’ during the series, with an ascending sequence of finishes: 289th, 260th, 229th, 188th and 165th! Our other contenders in the Male category were Sean Brennan, Ian Mitchell, Andy Tibbals, Mark Shelton, Jason Green, Martin Brock, Stewart Hymas, Jonny Chadwick, Ian Waller and David Sinton.
All these successes meant that Knaresborough Striders secures 4th Place (from 22 clubs) in the Colin Morath Trophy for most improved club.
Well done everyone!