The 3rd race in the 2016/17 North Wales Cross Country series took us to Treborth Track in Bangor, located between the two bridges on the banks for the Menai Straits. Today it had the most amazing backdrop of the Snowdonia Mountains covered in snow, although this could only be seen from the A55. This time 274 runners had turned up across all categories to race.
The weather was ideal, the clear sky had resulted in a harsh overnight frost. Fortunately, this had cleared for the race and everyone was awarded a bright and sunny but cold afternoon, luckily with little wind too.
The course consisted of a few fields, with the run taking us through some woods too. It could be described as mainly flat with one hill leading from the bottom field to the top. The conditions were mostly firm, however, there were a handful of boggy bits. This made it very difficult to run in parts, feet were sinking and the mud sapping your energy, thankfully this was the exception. The hill though was probably the worst and it made getting up it even harder as even with spikes, traction was hard.
First up at 2pm were the Over 70’s and ladies. Their course consisted of 2 large laps and one small lap, which covered 3 miles. Representing Buckley, there were 7 ladies of a total 106 and 2 over 70’s of a total 11.
Over 70’s Results
Next up at 2:45pm were the men. Their course consisted of 3 large laps, one small lap and a lap of the bottom field, which covered 5.6 miles. Representing Buckley, there were 12 men of a total 154.
Overall another good turnout for Buckley. next race is 14th January 2017 at Baschurch near Oswestry. See you there for the mudfest 🙂