November 2, 2014
There was a great day of racing on Saturday at the National XC Relays in Mansfield. Although Birtley AC had only eleven athletes racing in four of all the age groups, each one did their Club proud. The day started with the U20 Women with Paige Gilhespy having a good solid run on the first leg and handing over to Robyn Waugh in 34th place. Robyn ran through the field moving up to 26th and handed on to Lydia Turner who ran the second fastest leg of the day (Jessica Judd was first) and moved the team up to 10th position, these girls are still first year U20s and have another two years in this age group, a very credible performance.
Racing next were the U17 Women with the Northern Road and XC Relay Champions team of Amber Leigh 1st leg, Sophie Burnett 2nd and Kate Waugh 3rd leg. The girls finished fourth, which is one place higher than the road relays. Unfortunately due to a technicality the team was disqualified, but everyone knows that they were 4th in the National Relays, there’ll be further chances of medals throughout the season.
Next race was the U20 Men:- Adrian Bailes 1st leg handing over to Matty Coulthard who had travelled from Loughbourgh to race, he then handed over to Tom Goulding for the 3rd leg. Finishing in 28th place was a good solid effort by the lads, and to have an U20 Men’s team shows good depth in the Club.
The final race of the day was the Senior Men and although we only had two legs from four covered it was great to see Birtley in the Senior race. Kieran Reay came down from his University in Leeds and wanted to give it a go with or without a full team, and Paul Leigh had the same attitude of a race is a race is progress. Both lads had great races over a tough 2 lap 5k course, well worth the journey.
Due to the first race being at 11am some of us set off at 6:00am to get there early enough for the races. Next year get your backsides out of bed and race one of the best events of the Cross Country Season second only to the National XC. It’s worth the trip.
Report by Tommy Millmore.
(Photos courtesy of English Cross Country Association)
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