Kent Terrace Cross Country (1st Open Handicap) – April 2013
The first open handicap of the season was held at a new venue at Kent Terrace in Taradale in wet conditions. Despite the wet weather there was a good turn-out of 84 runners and 7 cubs. The new course was a 2km loop with a rather challenging hill, a stile to cross and some mud thrown in for good measure thanks to the weather conditions.
The cubs raced over a 1km course with Nathan Stone coming in first in 3m 23s, closely followed by Timothy Moore in 3m 29s and Matthew Marshall in 3m 30s, 7 cubs took part in the race.
The boys and girls 12/u race was the first to set off on 1 lap of the 2 km course, the first girl home was Kezia Alexander in a clock time of 14m 00s (there were 16 girls in this grade and they all came in with 51s of the leader). The boys race was won by Ayden Jones who held the lead from start to finish after starting at scratch and finishing with a clock time of 12m 33s. There were lots of very muddy runners at the end of this race due to the wet conditions.
The 14/u age group only had a mens race which was won by Fraser Pearson in a clock time of 22m 53s over Thomas Christison and Dylan Barron.
In the 16/u age group 4km race Louise Hancock took out the women's race over Laura Langley, while in the men's race Ben Harrison started at scratch and held onto the lead right to the end over Shanon Coxsey.
Good racing in the womens 19/u age group with Rosin Pearson taking out this race over Holly Manning and Laura Smith
The masters women's race (2 laps of the 2km course) was probably the pick of the racing with the first 5 runners all finishing within 14s of the leader. There was a sprint to the finish and the race was anybodies right to the end when Annie Kane came out the overall winner overcoming a handicap of 7m, 55s with a winning clock time of 28m 39s, closely followed by Corrina Alexander in 28m 40s and Sarah Knight in 28m 43s. This is the second week in a row where Annie and Corrina have fought it out right to the end, it will be interesting racing over the rest of the season.
In the masters men's 6km (3 lap race), The race winner was John Bebarfald in a clock time of 35m 54s over Michael Lintott in 36m 21s, great racing by Ron Middleton who came in in 3rd place in a clock time of 36m 51s after starting out in 12th place with a 7 minute handicap.
The new course seemed to be a great success despite some complaints about the hill.