With the cross country season in full swing, the first big (ish) event of 2016 was held at Quibell Park, Scunthorpe. It was a shame it clashed with the East Yorkshire cross country league at Sledmere which made the field slightly smaller but nevertheless a decent turnout there was also a few absentees from our club with one notable performance down Newland Avenue on the Saturday night. The men’s race was 12k which consisted of one short lap & four long laps, the women’s race was 8k which was three long laps, the longer laps included a small incline towards the end of lap & after running up it for the 4th time, I was glad to see the back of it. Conditions were quite favourable for the time of year, underfoot was reasonable with only a few dodgy places out on the course & just a bit of head wind as we headed out on to the open field.
This is the last of the trio of races around the Festive period, which starts with the 3 mile handicap on November. For the ladies the course is one lap of two fields between the drain bank and the A165 at Ganstead. For the men, the course is the same with a another four miles added; which is used for the Christmas handicap race
Christmas is never an easy time for me as it always reminds me of my Dad passing away so sometimes struggle to get in to the Christmas spirit, I guess in many ways that’s why I took up running about 4 years ago to become a better me & I’m sure he’ll be proud of my achievements. So in 2013 I decided to keep myself busy & focused over the Xmas hols by doing one of my passions in life & came across a race called the Chevin Chase I was on the start list for 2013 however I had to pull out after going base over apex backwards down two flights of stairs following a heavy night of drinking with the lads the result was a broken collarbone & scapula & a grown man crying due to not running so last year I was a good boy & only drunk double vodkas not trebles. The race did not disappoint & is most certainly one of my favourite races I’ve ran.
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.