Out on the Wiley, Windy Town Moor
Striders didn’t quite “roll and fall in green” today, as Kate Bush once wailed, but rather “plodged and sloshed in brown”. The Toon Moor was saturated on our arrival with a heavy rain falling from a cloud base you could almost touch. Those areas of the moor that weren’t muddy were covered in surface water – EXCELLENT – just how a cross country course should be!
Our brave boys and girls were not deterred and covered themselves with glory as well as mud. The men were first up and eleven striders did battle with the elements and a very long course. No debutants today and the team, mainly made up of old contemptables, were led home by Phil Sanderson (40th position running from the fast pack) with Dave Gibson continuing his welcome return to form. Provisional results show the team finishing above the bottom two in Division 2.
The women had second use of the manicured lawn and seven members of the “Sea of Purple” surged over the course and finished 4th team from 11 – their finest performance so far this season. Keri continued to shine at the front (15th place) with Zoe making a welcome return to the purple tide.
|1||BUSWELL, William||Gosforth Harriers & AC||40:42|
|40||SANDERSON, Phil||* 44:48|
* Fast pack (+5mins)
269 finishers. Men’s Team 9th, Division 2 – now 7th overall.
|1||MOONEY, Jane||Morpeth Harriers & AC||33:17|
|15||PEARSON, Keri||* 35:21|
* Medium pack (+2mins)
83 finishers. Women’s Team 4th – now 3rd overall.