North Midlands XC – Wickstead Park

On a lovely sunny afternoon prior to the recent cold spell, fourteen members of GRC ventured to Wickstead Park in Kettering, the setting for the second fixture of the North Midlands Cross Country League.

The course conditions were favourable being relatively firm underfoot and fairly mud free although it was undulating in places.

The GRC ladies were represented by Anne Greenwood who, in her second XC event for the club, was first GRC lady home over the 6K distance in a time of 28.55. Harriet Morgan, also running her second XC event was second in a time of 29.08, followed by Andrea Ward who put in a strong performance to complete the first team of three. Next back was Sarah High, who finished second on her age category, followed by XC regular Caroline Davis and Paula Ebbins. As a results of their efforts the GRC Vet Ladies are now in 5th place in the league.

In the men’s 10K race, and up against a large, strong and competitive field, Peter Bonner acquitted himself well with an impressive run finishing first for GRC in a time of 44.13. Also finishing strongly was Jason Walker who was next back having overtaken the ever consistent Rob Howbrook in the last stretch of the race. However, Rob did finish first in his age group. James McMullan and Peter Jennings followed, both putting on a good show which gained Peter 5th place overall in his age group. XC regulars Andrew MacAllister, Paul Davis and Craig Drury each put in a great effort to complete the GRC men’s team.

Overall, an enjoyable afternoon.

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