Croft Castle XC

This page was created to record the exploits of Wye Valley Runners when they race all over globe, some reports will be to earn kudos for an exceptional performance, other reports will be to let fellow members know of a new race.

This one will definitely be a race you all know and most like me probably dread every. For the men its a 3 lap slog of 1 mile up hill and 1 mile down trail. The women still get away with one and half laps and also get to explore a bit more of the beautiful Croft grounds.

Both men and womens team went into this race in strong positions. The mens team holding a narrow lead over Maldwyn and the womens team narrowly behind Croft.

The race which as always had a delayed after a minutes silence was observed, even the noisy beagle stopped yapping for a minute. After that the race went off to a flyer, with the experienced runners wanting to get to the bottleneck first, and the inexperienced not realising whats to come, which led to a few runners almost taking a dip in the pond. Our very own Mike Fawcett must have got his toes wet at the start.

The top four Wye Valley men saw Christian Jones continue his vein of good form go off with the front group and almost stay in touch to stay to finish 8th in what is turning out to be a very strong mens field, followed closely by Mike Fawcett who after the first lap went on a charge and given another lap might have even caught the leaders. The hero of the summer league Sam Mayglothling came in 11th with Peter Nugent just behind, probably staying close so as to not get lost. That's a very strong score for the mens team. we have had our lead cut slightly but its still a lead.

The womens team just 6 points behind Croft were looking to close the gap, Laura Tootell came home 3rd in which was a really close race where only 1 minute separated the top 4. She was backed up by Juliet Moxon who finished 7th to show she has fully recovered from her marathon followed by another good run from Becky Ansfield in 11th.

The women have managed to keep themselves in touching distance of croft where the slightly longer courses of the next few races will really play in to there favour.

thanks to everyone who came out to support and stood at the top of Heartbreak Hill where you could catch us in all in our little worlds of torture, Hope to see you all and more of you at Monkhall in a few weeks time.

Steven Flowers