Pamber Forest XC Race

Almost perfect running conditions met the team at the first race of the Southern XC League at Pamber Forest today; dry and not too warm with a bit of give in the ground.
The organisers had added a 400m loop at the start of the race to help avoid the normal bottleneck crowds as we run down the hill onto the long straight into the forest, it certainly seemd to have the desired effect with much smoother transition from the heath.
The Ladies team was led home by Emma Brewin in 22nd place – worth getting out of your bed for Emma? 2nd lady back was newcomer Vicky Landi in 91st place, 3rd lady home and final scorer for the team was another newcomer Alison Howarth in 101st place – well done Vicky and Alison, storming performance for your inaugaral race. The other finishers in the ladies team were Karen Clark 114, Gissele Leishman 124 (brilliant considering how full of cold you were), Rebecca Peatman 145 – well done Doc, newcomer Tina Brown 148, Nicky Jones 155, Lorraine Morgan 170, Debbie Winn 171, Alsion Smith 173 and Joanna Guy 176 – another newcomer to the team.
The Ladies team scored 214 points and came in 17th position.
The Men were led home by newcomer Oliver Robertson in 106th place, 2nd saw the welcome return of Joe Addyman in 110th, 3rd was Barry Griffin in 122nd – Barry is making really good progress in his race fitness after an injury layoff, 4th back Derek Powles in 131st and 5th scorer for the team was Neil Dyer in 134th. The other finishers for the team were Ian Jones (Captain) 152, Dave Williams 153, John Hunt 202, newcomer Simon Evans 207, John Shepherd 224 and Brian Rees 227.
The Men’s team scored 603 points and came in position 17th.
The overall combined position was 17th out of 25 clubs.
Well done to everyone who ran today with a very big welcome to all the new Joggers who joined the team today.
The next race is organised by us on the 12th November at QE Country Park, please contact the Race Director Pip Wright to offer your help and support. Please consider volunteering, all the tasks are very easy to do and we’d be really very grateful for all your help.
Ian Jones
XC Team Captain