Well done to the 18 Marple Runners who arrived in force to brave the tropical heat and in places, slightly soft grass, to do some serious menacing at the first Cross Country race of the season. With a big race the next day we were not at our full complement, but it was great to kick off the season with enough runners to make teams for both men and women.
For those who haven’t experienced the course before, they found that it was a course that just kept on giving. A nice downhill section to ease you in but what goes down, must go up, and up, and up and up!! Oh, and there are also some woody bits just to keep it interesting. There was a bit of mud, but in the soaring temperatures it soon dried up and became pretty insignificant, sorry to disappoint you Taylor!
Now to the results. Well done to Caitlin Deighton who was running not only in Marple Colours for the first time but also in her new age category of U15s, which is always a very competitive group. Looking at the photos she seems to be enjoy herself as she finished in 50th position. What an amazing achievement. You did the club proud!
With 7 women running we made not only a senior team but two vet teams as well. They finished in positions of 40th, 34th and 48th respectively. What a great result! Well done to Katrina Stephens, Catherine Tombs, Taylor Giacoma, Susannah Williams, Elise Evans, Carol Culley and Clare Smith.
As there were 10 men running today, not everyone would be able to make a team but that did not stop everyone giving it their all. Like the women, the men made a senior team (position 41) and two vet teams who finished in positions 22 and 43. Well done to Darren Peatfield, closely followed by Richard Williams, James Kemp, Thomas John Callaghan, John Williams, Jeremy Woodham, Tony Rodgers, James Deighton, Mark Lynch, and Ian Galloway. A Special mention must go to Tony who made the top 10 in his age group!
These achievements are even more impressive when considering that rather than having a nice relaxing morning preparing for the race, many of those who ran today also volunteered or ran at parkrun as well. This just shows that Marple Runners don’t forget where their roots are and like to give back to the running community.
A special thanks must also go to Carol Culley who ensured there was suitable sugar replacements at the end of a tough race.
Well done to everyone today and I am looking forward to seeing even more red and black striped tops at the mud fest at Boggart Hole Clough on 11th November.