The ladies went into this fixture in the top spot in division two and hopes were on a good turn out after the Christmas break. However what happened was a small but perfectly formed turn out. The weather has obviously been wet for several days and the course had cut up nicely for the ladies starting. The ladies counters were Dani Smythe, who finished brilliantly in 4th from the medium pack, Hannah Nagell, 22nd from Medium and both promoted to fast pack, Lisa Harpin 28th from slow and promoted to medium pack and Cristina Tyley in 35th place from the slow pack, who just avoided promotion by 3 places. Janine, Nina, Collette, Jenny, Judith, Alison, Lisa and Jo did a splendid effort by running well and packing back the hoards. Ladies finished again top of Division two. Well Done All!
George had a good run around with the Ladies, before heading off for camera duties.
The chaps were holding onto 6th place in division one. We have burnt a lot of matches in the past few fixtures and today this came home to roost. The course was heavy and consequently, the medium and fast pack runners across all clubs struggled to get through to count. A great individual run from Matt Hetherington from the Medium pack to finish in the top ten (fast pack).
Myself, Alex Cook and the Skipper were “counters” from the slow pack as was Gary Dicker. Tigger came through from fast pack to be the 6th counter.
We had plenty fine figures of men running, who came and made a difference. Messers Ian Norman (M), Daniel Wood (S) James Meader(F), Steve Schubeler(F), Jason Wall (s)and Magnus McGillivary (M) were the next six home, followed by Les Smith(M), Dave Gilmore(s), Keith Rooney (s), Andy Burden(M), Steve Tanser (S), Andy Duguid (S), Rob (collapsing over a log with cramp) Brown, Ben Shillitoe and the mighty Paramjeet bringing us home.
Dave Brignall and Colin McEntee (on his birthday) started and retired. As did Simon Jobe who suffered the curse of the Cheviots, losing his sole on lap one (not to Satan, mind you, especially seeing we were in the village of the damned) but to the mud, he managed another lap before retiring. Jolly well-done one and all.
We need a good turn out from the club for the last two fixtures. Firstly to help the ladies promoted back to Div one where they rightly belong and for the men to avoid a relegation scrap from Div one.
It would be great for as many of you could make it, especially those who expressed an interest but for whatever reasons have not run. Dirty fun at its best!
NB: Apols for the oversight of missing folk off. sorry just plain blind!. Some photos care off Ward Photography.