By Wayne Lamb
It was a great start to the North Staffs Cross Country League on 29 September with a great turn out of NTC colours and the sun was out for the whole day.
The day got under way with the under 11 girls, we had two in this race, Millie Plumley racing her first full season for the club and Lily-Mae Rowley racing her first XC ever, both girls did very well.
Next up were under 13 girls – Patience Lamb and Mia Brookes who again was racing her first XC in club colours and under 11 boys Jakob Sabo. The start was very busy and Mia had a flyer but Patience got a terrible start and had to pick her way through to eventually finish 7th – great racing from all three.
The under 13 boys were next with Nathan Walker and Isaac Graham flying the flag and both posting respectable times and positions.
To round off the juniors was Eammon Clowes in under 15 boys. Having just moved into this age group Eammon had a great race finishing top 10 in a very competitive field.
The penultimate race of he day saw six NTC ladies mixing it up with the running clubs. Julia steered the shop to come home first for the club but some great racing from Katie Hughes, Eileen Pass, Sarah Clough, Karen Dennett and Debs Clarke saw them finish 5th team of 19 in league. This is very respectable with only six runners and bodes well for the rest of the season as the numbers racing increases.
Thirteen men turned out for the men’s team. Racing in league 1 as a triathlon club against pure running clubs was always going to be tough but they dug in and got the job done finishing 7th of 10 clubs in this league and beating Trentham RC by a single point. Matt Eardley led they way home followed by a great sprint from James Adamson and Mark Hatton overtaking people all the way to the line. Solid runs from Matt Harper, Phil Rowley and Lloyd Bennington rounded off our top six counters. There were also great runs from Harvey Myatt Winterton, Chris Nixon, Jason Riley, Matt Stanyer and Peter Panacek. Last but not least we can not forget Rob Findler who ran his heart out and finished in under the one hour mark.
Overall it was great team support and great racing, let’s hope Stafford Common goes well in three weeks.