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by Val Baxter

February 28, 2016

(B)racing at Donington Park – YB reports on the National XC Champs

I could start this little yarn the same as the northerns, it was early, dark, not very warm and again the heating wasn’t on yet. This time it was worse though, Chloe wasn’t here so I had to make my own sandwiches.

The bus arrived promptly, thanks to Joanne Bell for organising that. While I am on that subject, thanks for all the support she gives me as treasurer.The trip was broken quite early, 15 miles down the road at Bowburn, something to do with driving law and tachograph?? I don’t know, but it gave the younguns their first sniff of a Macdonalds.

The journey was ok, we made decent time, with a short comfort break at Tibshelf services about 10 miles from Donny Castle.

I didn’t realise how close we were to the actual race track, but just on the other side of the fence you could see motor racing with what looked like saloon cars and maybe even kit cars… Unless it was the aerial atom I saw, *shrugs shoulders*.

It was also surprising how close to East Midlands airport we were. When the bus driver opened the luggage compartment, Gary grabbed the tent and set off like a man on a mission. We put our wellies on, and then went looking for Gary and the tent. He is good like, must have been in the Cubs, because when we eventually found him the tent was already up.

The tent area quickly was sorted as Shannel arrived with the numbers for the early races and the youngsters started preparing to run, or have early lunches. Generally a nice atmosphere. Adrian said he loved it just cos so many people have just turned up to race each other.

The races occurred, as they do, and everyone I think did themselves the club and family proud. Full results are listed here, but the only person I am going to mention today is SOPHIE BELL. I am guessing she would normally have finished higher up the results – she did, however, run the last mile with just one shoe on. Shows great determination to run as far with just one shoe on, well done Sophie great gutsy performance.

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For me the course was much better than the Northerns at Blackburn. The going was heavy underfoot, a couple of muddy bits, but it was much firmer and the hills were much more manageable. I actually managed to run the whole lot and enjoyed it, although if you found me in the results you may not believe me.

As ever, trust me; everyone ran well, check the results if you want to know how well :p

Adrian, a bit non-plussed after his first national championship race as a senior, commented that after how hard he ran and where he finished just shows how good one of our parents must have been when he won that race in 2002. Name withheld cos he is modest. 😀

Once we got on the bus, the journey home was much quieter, and it wasn’t a bad journey back, which is as good as it gets from me, cos I wanted to go in the car!!!

Home by 8:15 been a long day, but all in all, a pleasant day.

Oh and I haven’t mentioned the weather… Almost perfect for racing and watching. Towards the end it cooled, but was ok for running, may have been a bit chilly for spectating, and so thanks to all the supporters for staying at the course.

Oh, and Adrian didn’t lap me. 😀 YB

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