Cross-Country, Edinburgh and Cardiff

If anyone was wondering why the TV cameras weren’t at Thornes Park the weekend before last, it’s because they were otherwise engaged at the Great Edinburgh Cross-Country, which saw a Great Britain team taking on the best of Europe and the USA, and 3 LCAC members were selected. In the junior men’s race, Gordon Benson made his GB debut, acquitting himself well in 18th. Meanwhile, in the senior men’s race, James Walsh finished 16th with James Wilkinson just 3s behind in 17th. All 3 helped GB to an overall victory and its testament to their excellent recent form and high standards that all 3 were a little disappointed with these results!

Last weekend saw club members journeying to similarly exotic foreign climes, with Clubnews’ roving reporter Simon Deakin filing the following on-the-spot report.

Four club members were in action in the latest round of the McCain Cross Challenge on the flat, firm, sunny and cold surroundings of Blackweir Fields, Cardiff. With nothing but a few tight corners and tree roots to impede progress this represented a very different challenge to the Somme battlefield-like conditions that have faced simple northern cross country runners of late. Here, sheer fitness rather than mud-based experience, guile and cunning were the order of the day and with a relatively small field there were few places to hide!

Simon Deakin and Dave Webb were included in a four man team representing the North of England and showed good form in 8th and 15th respectively behind established GB international, Frank Tickner. Danny Davis also made the journey across from London for his first cross country race of the winter, finishing 45th.

Katie Parry was selected for the Wales team gave further notice of her rapid progress and that she’ll be a threat in the forthcoming Welsh Championships with a strong 11th in the womens race, taking down West Yorkshire League nemesis Katie Walshaw (Holmfirth) in the process. The team manager wishes she was English!

Meanwhile, at the Clay Bank East Fell Race in the wintry North York Moors, Pete Branney finished an excellent 7th, whilst Jennie Guard was 3rd in the women’s race, all the more impressive as both had come straight from a stag/hen weekend!