16 Dec Weekend Roundup 15-16 Dec 2018

Last weekend roundup of the year, last off-road Champs race of the year!

The Christmas Cracker Trail race had us back at Cottrell Park Golf Course, venue for the XC relay back in June. Great venue, great organisation by Sportzmad.

I pulled into the car park fairly early, and Santa’s Ledge had already landed…he took no time at all to start glad-handing the locals…..

It was a bit wet and muddy out there, but luckily the rain held off and kept those beards looking pristine. First elf home for P & D was Ben Butler-Madden, skipping through the gloop for 3rd place overall and 1st M35-44…

Now, chomping at his heels was apprentice elf Freddie Brown, who finished a fantastic 4th overall in his first-ever race! I’ve been stalking Freddie  on Strava for the last few months and he is showing incredible potential….very excited to see what he can achieve in 2019….just get yourself a Club vest, son, I’ll pay for it if needs be!

Freddie was followed in by a selection of knarled-looking P&D veterans, first being Jon “I now love XC” Ely

Frank Atherton probably thought he could have a relaxed pre-Christmas jog around the course….little did he know that S.Claus had been at a secret training camp in Lapland, drinking fresh reindeer milk and running lung-bursting intervals on the frozen lakes…😂

It all came home to roost in the sprint to the finish line….

But sorry chaps, Cath Tailby had sneaked past both of you, smiling her way back to the clubhouse…

Club stalwarts Gareth Davies and Malcolm Bradley were next home, a ding-dong battle all the way to the line…with Malcolm picking up 1st place in the M65+ category….

Next in were Yvonne Williams, Helen Griffiths, Beth Apglyn (Santa’s Helper), Kate Cheshire (Elf) and Shirley Howman (Elf)…great performances all round. Helen even got a P & D award for last year….

Full results can be found here.

Meanwhile, parkrun Saturday endured flipping horrible weather…Clem Clement had to abandon his usual jaunt around Springburn (Glasgow) due to snow and ice…bit different than Lanzarote, eh Clem!

Porthcawl: 3rd Mike Morgan 20:02

Tollcross, Glasgow: 13th Clem Clement 22:55

Barry Island: 16th Melissa Smith 24:46 (2nd Lady), 41st Jeanette Ward 30:59

Grangemoor: 9th Cath Barker 21:33 (1st Lady, closing in on PB), 22nd Mark Taylor 23:47, 35th James Buckingham 24:54

Ok , that’s it for 2018 Weekend Roundups! See you in the New Year…..don’t eat too much turkey and mince pies…stick to reindeer milk and intervals on frozen lakes 😂😂

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