The final and 5th race in the 2017/18 North Wales Cross Country League took place on Saturday 3rd February. The race, this time hosted by Oswestry Olympians, consists of a 6.2m men \ X women route around the grounds of The Marches School in Oswestry. The course consists of a single small lap of the bottom field and either a single or double larger lap of the remaining fields. It is a tough muddy course, with a couple of brooks and a fence to climb over.
The weather forecast was pretty bad, torrential rain all day. Thankfully it actually turned out to be a lot better on the day, however we were still huddled in the gazebo from the showers and the cold wind.
With this being the last race of the series, race times were brought forward to allow for the customary post race\season awards ceremony. Also our very own coach, Eric Campbell was race referee, this was to give a headstart to result calculation, to reduce wait times.
As always, first up at 1pm were the Over 70’s and ladies. Representing Buckley, there were 8 ladies out of 84 and 2 over 70’s out of 9.
Over 70’s Results
Next up at 1:45pm were the men. Representing Buckley, there were 17 men out of a 142 runners.
- Mens Team – 3rd in this race
- Mens Masters Team – 3rd in this race
- Ladies Team – 5th in this race
- Ladies Masters Team – 5th in this race
The overall season results will be posted later in the week, but the most notable for winning medals or trophies are as follows.
- Ceri Cook – 1st V45
- Jane Lindley – 2nd V50
- Steve Toogood – 1st V55
- Jez Brown – 2nd V45
- Simon Roberts – 3rd V45
- Les Coathup – 3rd V60
- Mens Masters Team – 1st
- Mens Team – 2nd
- Ladies Masters Team – 3rd
All in all a very successful season for Buckley, we have done extremely well. Cross Country is very tough, but we have had a good turnout and results all season. Well done to everyone who took part, especially nice to see some of our newer members too. Hopefully we can go on and do even better nest year.