Winter race series

Hopefully you’ll have seen Andy’s email on the winter Border’s League and Cross Country series. The dates are now up on the menu over there on the right hand side and there’s a reminder below.

Both of these are good sets of events and a good opportunity to keep yourself fit over the winter without those nasty expensive entry fees!

Borders

  1. Sunday 24th October Caernavon 11am
  2. Sunday 14th November Ellesmere Port 11am
  3. Sunday 12th December Wirral 11am
  4. Sunday 13th February West Cheshire 11am
  5. Sunday 13th March Mold 11am
  6. Sunday 27th March Deeside 11am
  7. Wednesday 27th April Wrexham 7pm

Cross country

  1. Saturday 30th October, Arrowe Park 2pm (Liverpool & District)
  2. Sunday 31st October, Clarke Gardens 10am (Sunday League)
  3. Saturday 27th November, Sefton Park TBC (Liverpool & District)
  4. Sunday 5th December, Arrowe Park 11:30am (Sunday League)
  5. Saturday 11th December, Beacon Park 2pm (Liverpool & District)
  6. Saturday 8th January, Birchwood TBC (Cheshire Champs)
  7. Sunday 16th January, Runcorn Town Park 10am (Sunday League)
  8. Sunday 6th February, Clarke Gardens 11am (L&D Champs)
  9. Saturday 19th February, Alton Towers TBC (National Champs)
  10. Sunday 27th February, Walton Park 10am (Sunday League)
  11. Sunday 6th March, Birchwood 10am (Sunday League)

Steve

Recent Cross Countries

Sunday 31st January – Walton Park, Liverpool

Race 4 in the North West League.

A cold crisp day with a covering of snow on the ground saw race 4 in the Sunday League Series. The full results have not yet appeared on the web however the finishing positions were;

Adair Broughton
Ian Landucci
Steve Riley
Andy Smith
Kevin Bell
Roy Tunstall

Andy’s hopes of an easy run in to the finish were scuppered when Mick Charman (Helsby old Boy now Spectrum) appeared on his shoulder. However all credit to Andy for raising a sprint and getting the extra point for Helsby. Unfortunately injury forced Roy to finish his race early, but he’s hoping to be out at the Cheshire Champs on Sunday.

A good race was rounded off with a fine selection of sandwiches and other goodies.

Sunday 7th January – Clarkes Gardens, Liverpool and District Championships

A very strong field turned out for Liverpool and District Championships a race dominated at the front by Liverpool Harriers. The competition was strong right down the field and the  Helsby finishing positions were

45    Adair Broughton    38:47
85    Ian Landucci         42:47
137  Andy Smith           52:15

Full Results can be found at http://www.lps-athletics.co.uk/l&d/2009-10/champs_results2010.pdf

The next Cross Country is the Cheshire Champs at Reaseheath, Nantwich. This is a pre-entry race so if you haven’t already entered you will have to look at other alternatives, but don’t worry you won’t have to look far.

Sunday 14th February – Race 3 in the Border League

This race is along the coast at Abergele, details can be found at the Border League website  http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/

If you would prefer a Cross Country then the next one is at Birchwood on Sunday 21st February

http://www.spectrumstriders.org.uk/our-races/birchwood-cross-country-race.

Hope to see some of you over the next couple of weeks.

Ian

Cross Country – Liverpool and District Race 1 (Arrowe Park)

This winter’s cross country season kicked off with the first race in the Liverpool and District series.

The race took place on a 6 mile, 3 lap course in Arrowe park, Wirral.

Despite heavy showers whilst driving to the event these had cleared before the start of the race and the sun broke through. This made for an excellent race on a fast course with very little mud. The race was won be Jon Mellor in 30:14 nearly 1 minute clear of the rest of the field. We were also treated to a fly past by a couple, of helicopters from the Air Craft Carrier HMS Illustrious which was docked in Liverpool. Almost as good as the Red Arrows at the Great North Run.

The results were:
76 Ian Landucci 40:06
126 Andy Smith 50:24

Full results can be found at  www.lps-athletics.co.uk/l&d/

(Though I am not sure about the spelling of my name (one of the more interesting variations)

This was the first cross country I had done for about 10 years and I’d forgotten how much fun they are. No traffic to worry about and the varied terrain on the course saw a lot more position changes during the race than you would get on a normal road race. I will definitely be getting some more in this season.

Cheers Ian