The second race in the Herefordshire Summer Cross Country, hosted by WVR, took place on a glorious but very hot evening. 123 runners, including 25 Wye Valley Runners, found their way to Mervs farm, where the race started. After the initial stampede across the fields, the competitors were soon into their running and beginning the descent towards the brook. This is a tough course with many hills along the way, after the fairly gentle start and a couple of stings in the tail after re-entering the field towards the finish.
John Pugh from Builth was the first to appear at the end of the 5.1 mile route, with Matt James from the Couriers a little way behind. A close race for third was won by our own Sam Mayglothling - the first back for WVR. Ably backed up by Steven Flowers (9th), Dan Lewis (11th) and Jeremy Jehan (13th), it was looking like Ludlow would not repeat their performance at High Vinnals. Three more WVR men, recent recruit Richard Williams, Peter Nugent and Lea Wood were also in the first 20 finishers. We needed another good performance from our ladies and they did not fail to deliver. Laura Tootell was third lady overall, continuing her fine run of form and first WVR lady in 37th. Not far behind Becky Davies just held off Becki Ansfield to record 55th and 56th respectively. Lucy Mason had a good run to finish not far behind in 67th and we are beginning to get some real depth in our ladies team again. In the end it was a comfortable win for WVR on the night, form Monross Trailblazers and Croft Ambrey with Ludlow relegated to 4th this time. We are also leading overall after 2 races, 4 points ahead of Ludlow. Our B team is also lying joint 5th, so fantastic performances all round.
All to play for at Westhope on Wednesday 11th July. If I'm not there to cheer you on, it will be because I am watching England get to the World Cup Final!