The 4th Borders League race of the season took place on Sunday 22nd January at Deeside College. You could tell it was effectively a ‘home’ race by the sheer number of blue vests on show, a Buckley record of 56 runners turned up to take part on the day, thankfully not put off by the damp and cold weather.
A very respectable 371 runners in total turned out for this race, hosted by Deeside AAC on a relatively short, but challenging 4.4 mile course.
It started on the athletic track and took in 3/4’s of a lap before heading around the college internal road and out onto the main road.What followed was a 1 mile steady uphill on Kelsterton Lane, then turning into Golftyn Lane and returning all the way back downhill to the main road and college gates. Then one last lap of the college road and a lap of the athletic track, ultimately finishing in front of the stand.
There was a really good feeling amongst the blue vests before the race, a real team feeling with ten of our newer members turning out for their 1st club race. Not only that but also largest womens and mens teams ever and also a high expectation of good results in both too.
The race, as expected was actually pretty tough for a short course, it is relatively fast, even with the hill! The layout of the final sections of the course meant there were quite a few spectators and good support as each and every Buckley Runner was cheered around to the finish.
Overall a very successful day. Not only the mood and atmosphere, the sheers number of new runners (who all seemed to enjoy themselves) and the record turnout. The icing on the cake, well we had a 1st place lady (a massive 1m 29s ahead of 2nd) and three Buckley men in the top 20 (with first 10 counters all in the top 50).
The end result a good one, Buckley mens and vets were the 1st team on the day. This puts them top of the league with three races to go. Also worth calling out is that we have number of men and women placed well in their respective catergories.
|Rank||Rank (M)||Rank (F)||Name||Time||Category||Category Rank|
|22||22||John PRITCHARD TAYLOR||24:56:00||MV45||2|
Well done everyone! The 5th and next race is Sunday 5th March at Manley Mere and is hosted by Helsby. Hope to see you all there to see if we can replicate or improve on this.