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Tuesday, 08 December 2015 20:13

Grand Prix Express NWXC 3rd fixture Mold 28:11:15 Report

Grand Prix Express NWXC 3rd fixture Mold 28:11:15 Report
" Ali Lavender back inform after lengthy illness! "
After a few laps of MOLD looking for venue ,Ian, Steve and I rushed to the new course because the Ladies had already set off in the howling wind and rain! I was amazed to see so many had braved the atrocious conditions.
In the absence of Cari Hughes( racing in L'Pool), Ali was way out in front despite the sea of mud, increasing her lead each lap , finishing 90 secs ahead of Rhian Roxborough. Charlotte, Jackie and Lou next 3 team scorers battled through mud wind and rain to bring home team in 2nd place. The 6 other contenders including Kelly Clarke on her debut run ran their socks off !!
Results:- Winner Ali L
11th Charlotte 1st 0/35
18th Jackie G 4th 0/40
35th Lou W 35 2nd highest finishers 102!
42nd Yvonne 4th 0/50 ..........................................
47th Susie H 3rd 0/55
58th Jude 40
64th Sarah 55
65th Barbara 1st 0/60
83rd Kelly C 35 DEBUT
Teams 1st. Eryri. 31.                O/ all (after 3). 1st Eryri. 124
          2nd OO. 65.                                       2nd Denbigh 204
          3rd Denbigh 75.                                  3rd. OO. 230
          4th. Buckley 105.                                4th. Buckley 390
Masters. 1st Eryri. 17                     O/ all( after3). 1st. Eryri. 54
             2nd. Buckley. 26.                                  2nd OO. 89
             3rd. OO. 28.                                         3rd GOGS. 93
            4th. GOGS. 32.                                     4th Buckley. 120
Victory for Olympian Men!
The mass start of the men's race was quite impressive and through the wind and rain I counted 16 ,yes 16 Olympians! Considering the conditions the pace was incredible- out in front Rob Samuel made it look easy, returning to his old form after a long lay off after surgery. Paul, Pete and Ollie hot on his heels with the merry band of Ian, 2 Tims plus on this occassion Simon B well to the fore in scoring positions. The rest of the team battling against the elements to push the opposition back. Each lap it be became harder to spot the black ,red and white vests as they all be came a darker shade of mud!!
Rob finished 2 and half minutes ahead of Callum Rowlinson (Bang Uni) and just 10 secs behind him in 3rd, having picked off the opposition one by one was Ollie -- Paul Pete Ian Tim G and Simon B just pipping Tim T completing the six scorers.
Brian R Richie Steve R Darryll Gary Clarke (debut xc) Jon H( managing a sprint finish!) Rob D Alec and Ray completing the full set... So many I ran out of bars for 1st time.
Surprise for me was being greeted by Helen and the girls who ably assisted Granny by collecting the discs and giving out the bars , also a big help back in the hall helping to fill in team sheets etc , and it was soon obvious that with the low score of 104 we would be in the running for top spot on the day .
What a day --- but despite the dreadful conditions the new course was hailed a great success by all the athletes not just O Os .
Results:- Winner Rob Samuel Eryri H
3rd. Ollie B SM
5th. Paul J. 1st 0/45. Record finishers 167 !
12th Pete B. SM
24th. Ian L 4th 0/40
25th Tim G SM
35th Simon B 40
38th Tim G. 40
62nd Brian R 45
70th Richie C 45
80th Steve. R. 3rd 0/60
88th. Darryll W. SM
94th Gary C SM debut XC
124th Jon. H. 60
131st. Rob D. 45
137th Alec W. 1st 0/65
165 Ray P. 55
Teams:-                                O/all after 3
1st OO. 104                           1st Shrews . 406
2nd. Eryri 123                         2nd Eryri. 514
3rd Shrews. 126                     3rd OO. 577
4th. Bangor 131.                    4th. Bangor. 579
Masters                                  0/all after 3
1st. OO. 21                            1st. Buckley. 72
2nd. Buckley. 26.                    2nd OO. 117
3rd. Tattenhall 35.                  3rd Shrews. 126
4th Shrews. 44.
Tattenhall have missed a fixture so don't count.
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