What a great end to the season and even the weather was kind this year! A big thank you to Margaret Morris, and the rest of the team at Oswestry Olympians who put on a great day. As usual the club also provided us with a vast array of cakes for after the races.
The day started with experience telling as Michelle Clarke, Telford, started off steady and worked her way to the front to complete a great season with three victories in her four races as she beat another athlete experienced athlete into second place on the day and second place overall – Andrea Rowlands of Eryri. Under 17 Eryri athlete Annable McQueen had a great run to finish 8th overall and as usual super master (W60) Viv McConnell, Oswestry, finished in the top 15. Eryri were first team home in Division 1 and did enough to retain their title. Shrewsbury have had a great season and again on the day had four runners been scoring they would have done enough to beat Eryri but had to settle for winning Division 2 title and gaining promotion. There was one error on the day as Telford were omitted from the Masters results ( they had 1, 6, and 59), which would have been good enough to just pip Buckley for third place. We will ensure Telford get their medals and Buckley can retain theirs.
Ifan Oldfield had it all his own way and comfortably beat all of the women on the day and the Under 17 Men title. In the M70 Gareth Hughes, Prestatyn RC made a good comeback after injury just getting the better John Morris, Buckley in the last few hundred metres. An injured watching Emyr Davies had already done enough to secure the title.
The Men’s race was the best of the season and only settled as they turned the final corner with Paul Ward, Telford, just getting the better of Steve Skates, Prestatyn who has moved through from twenty-sixth place in the first fixture of the season to second in the final fixture. Shrewsbury dominated the team event, as they have done all season and Aberystwyth University’s decision to miss the BUCS Championships in Sheffield was rewarded as they secured promotion from Division 2.
The AGM will be held towards the end of April, date to be confirmed, but if you have any thoughts/ideas/changes you would like to be seen made, let me or David Alun Williams know through your Cross Country Secretaries/Captains.
Have a great summer.
Bernie Jones, Referee