EHH Winter League 3 – Christmas CC 6m 2015
The 2016 winter league rolled on to race 3 with the Christmas handicap, a mild December day greeted us which was such a difference to the conditions of race 2 were we had sleet & snow so was great to see so many red vests on show & a few spare ribs (Iain McGowan). 80 runners made their way to the start line which i believe is a record turnout must be something to do with the great advertising campaign in place, a lot of people had run the course during the lead up to the race so we all knew it was going to be tough but that’s what cross country is all about takes people out their comfort zone of road running.
In the handicap race in first place was Stu Carmichael, apparently Stu is the best mid season signing ever which is rather upsetting as I thought it was me but rest assured my toys are staying in the pram & I won’t be leaving. In second place was Keith Conkerton, Keith had been up claiming all week he was injured but still pull it out the bag & in 3rd place was Jayne Earle I believe Jayne has won this race a number of times so another good run from her.
In the men’s race first back was Alec Gibson with a cracking time of 35.18, Alec continues his good cross country form after a great showing at the national xc relays back in October, in second place just 12 seconds behind Alec was Stu Carmichael & in 3rd place with a time of 37.10 was our very own club captain Matty Hayes still life in the old dog.
In the women’s race first back was our cross country legend Bev Jackson with a cracking time of 47.53, second place was Katie Seddon in a time of 52.33, Katie goes from strength to strength & it’s all credit to the hard work she puts in & in third place was Kirsty Wilson in 52.49, well done Kirsty.
It was great to see a packed clubhouse at the end of the race for the presentation with everyone collecting a prize, plenty of wine, chocolates, Xmas hampers & running apparel on show with even some wrapped ones.
From a personal point of view I was really happy with my time of 44.55, slower than last year by a minute & a half but having struggled for the last few months I feel like I’m coming back in to some form & hopefully this will set me up nicely for the Chevin Chase on Boxing Day.
Thanks to all the time keepers & marshals on Saturday without these these people the winter league wouldn’t happen & just a reminder the next race is 2nd January this race been the club championship with 8 miles for the fella’s & 4 miles for the lasses. Names on the sheet at the clubhouse or to myself or Iain McGowan by the 26th December.