This weekend saw Heaton hosting the NEMAA XC champs. It was based at the Rising sun country park with race HQ at the Barking Dog.. Many club members helped set up and direct traffic and marshal and then take down the course. Thanks to Danny and George Routledge for an excellent course. Routledge and son rule!
The women and v65+ men were off first with a two laps of the course with 4 ascents of the pit heap.
Josie Zakrzewski of Durham was first woman home,
followed by Dawn Richardson of Quakers, Cala Maley of the Poly was third lady home.Jenny was first Heaton Lady home in 21st place , followed by Crystal Skelton in 25th and Helena in 27th.
Heaton were 5th team overall with Jenny, Helena and Crystal scoring in the open cat.
Jenny, Crystal and Lisa were Gold medal winners in the team V45 cat. Jolly well done and apologies for my omission which has rightly been pointed out. Janette won Gold in her age cat and Jenny was Silver in her age Cat
V65 men saw Colin McEntee in fourth place overall, Reg Checkley continued with a gold in the V80 cat (Colin picking up the bronze in his age cat)
So Colin ,George and Reg placed silver in the team V65 cat.
The “young” men had three laps and 6 times up the pit heap. There was a quality field with several england masters runners in the pack. Kevin Jefferies lead from the from the start, defending his title with style. He had some pressure early on from his team mate Michael Barker, but this changed with Carl Chapman of Crook and John Clifford of Evenwood runners piling on the pressure.
So Heaton had several competitive teams across the age cats. Les Smith led out our challenge for V45 and John James for the V55 team. This was great fun with the V45 team finishing in silver behind a very good Crook team , led by the ever speedy Chris Auld.
Les Smith was first home for Heaton , Me in second and John Moore pushing the last Crook counter behind our first 3. A complete lesson in packing for the youngins, 20,21,25.
John James was first home for the V55 team followed by Dave Brignall and Ken McEntee completing the team for a bronze medal. John James was also second in his age cat.
A great event , well done Heaton, especially those who gave up there time to marshall.