Last Saturday was Absolute Triathlon Club’s first foray into the murky and muddy world of X-Country running, with a small team making the journey down to Wicksteed Park in Kettering to take part in Race 2 of the North Midlands XC League.
In true XC style the weather was wet and windy, with the recent rain getting into the ground and making it a little muddy, although i am sure there will be worse underfoot conditions to come over the next few months.
First off were the ladies at 1:25pm with small team of 3 from Absolute toeing the start line. All 3 looked great in their Orange running vests which made them easy to spot on the course and helped the vocal band of supporters (family Wynne, Faulkner & Lloyd) provide well deserved shouts of encouragement.
All 3 performed excellently and judging by the smiles on their faces throughout thoroughly enjoyed the race, against ladies from the best running clubs in the region.
First home was Cat Wynne, coming home in 50th place overall in a time of 27:45 for the (approx) 6km course. Pam Dutton, only 4 places behind, finished in a time of 28:14 with Lisa Evans completing the team for the ladies with a time of 30:27, for 71st place overall from a field of 95 finishers.
Next up was the Men’s race which saw a field of +200 guys, making their way around the 3 lap course (9.5km) in heavy rain. The high quality field were quickly strung out but our guys worked hard and also completed the course with smiles on their faces. First finisher was Paul Mannington who completed the course in 43:10 for a respectable 128th place overall, followed by Anthony Wynne (45:22 – 158th) who perfectly paced the 3 lap course, picking off a fast starting Stuart Faulkner on lap 2 (45:56 – 163rd) to win family `bragging rights` for at least a month (next race 6th December). Coach Steve Lloyd completed the finishers for Absolute with a solid 47:07 for 175th place.
So a small but positive start to our XC season, but with up to 20 runners allowed per team then we have plenty of space for others to be involved. So if anyone is interested then please don’t be scared, the ability range is wide & the support will be fantastic, just drop Brian Jobe an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be able to send over the details of the rest of the races planned this winter & what you need to do to get yourself registered.
But to be honest all you need is an Absolute Triathlon Club running vest and a SMILE 🙂