NMAC Cross Country Championships

This was a great new collaboration with the Yorkshire Veterans (YVAA) and many many thanks to them for accommodating us and providing an excellent venue and a very well organised event. The weather turned out well, after a damp and overcast morning it changed into a glorious sunny afternoon by the time of the first race at 1 pm. With a start and finish on an out-and back in the centre of a horse training track the main loops of the course were out on the race track perimeters, waterlogged but mostly good running. S shallow narrow brook had turned into a wide and deep channel and there was quite a tough climb out of it but there was a pleasant section of woodland and an interesting loop.

The numbers were up on last year and there was a quality race in the opening women’s 10k with international Helen Berry showing her strength and talent to win by over a minute from new member Andrea Hilldrup who came with a new team from Vale Royal, very welcome. In the accompanying men’s race Kevin Usher and Simon Wright were the breakaway winners in the younger age group with Chris Ireland leading the M55s. This was a well represented race with good numbers in all four age groups. We only had five entries in the M35 to 49 age range with four runners; Paul Marchant was a decisive winner with Martin James runner up and Stephen Spence leading the two M45s.

It was a great afternoon; it was hot and steamy in the presentation with an effect of a black hole of Calcutta but great to see so many there, and welcome refreshments.

Many thanks to the Northern Masters helpers, particularly Dave and Cathy for registration, recording and presentation and to Eric Ranicar; and of course to YVAA for all the officials and help they gave us in this event.

Full results can be found here 

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