The first race weekend of 2019 was dominated by Shropshire Counties Cross Country, staged at The Marches School, Oswestry.
A strong team of Harriers descended on the fields of Oswestry on a mild Saturday morning to compete with other country runners from a multitude of Shropshire clubs. A total of 18 ladies and 14 men were ready to represent the green and gold with the prize of being selected to represent the country on offer.
First up were the ladies who ran in a field of 113 runners. The start was a gradual up hill before hitting 2 loops of the proposed circuit (one small and one large) to total approx 3.6miles.
As the race unfolded it was Vic Doran who was leading the green and gold charge and running strongly. This undulating course still provided a challenge for all runners, and
altough conditions were good, all runners had to put in maximum effort to get round this race.
Vic maintained her great form to come home in 23rd overall and as 1st Harrier home in a time of 27:22.
Louise Bromely put in a fantastic performance also, coming home as second Harrier and in a time of 30:26, closely followed by Louise B who was 3rd Harriers home, and 39th overall with a time of 30:37.
Our full list of lady finishes as follows:
23rd: Vic Doran - 27:22
37th: Louise Bromley - 30:26
39th: Louise Bibbings - 30:37
49th: Caroline Rigby - 32:14
53rd: Nicola Atkins - 32:44
61st: Steph Egglestone - 33:23
67th: Kim Chatfield - 34:07
79th: Charlotte Ward - 36:43
82nd: Hannah Bandy - 37:01
83rd: Marie Mason - 37:07
85th: Jo Weaver - 37:42
89th: Tink Brasenell - 38:38
90th: Ellie Grant - 38:39
93rd: Somia Edmonds - 38:59
103rd: Tania Willoughby - 41:33
109th: Hazel Clarke - 45:09
110th: Paula Johnston - 46:04
112th: Sue Price - 46:58
Just as the ladies race was coming to a close it was the mens turn to hit the course which comprised of 3 laps (1 medium and 2 large) totalling 5.8miles.
A total of 133 men lined up at the start ready to tackle the route. As the gun went everyone powered up the hill and jostled for position as the race unfolded. Both Dean Aston and Michael Smith have been on form all season long and quickly found themselves at the pointy end of the field with Chris Doran, Andy Pigg and Victor Bennet not too far behind.
As the race unfolded, Dean Aston kept on the pace with a top10 finish in mind, which would mean qualification for a country place later in the year.
In face all Harriers runners were putting in maximum effort over this field based course and showing what a great club Telford Harriers are. Those who werent runners were supporting from the sides,
which included all the ladies who had just finished thgeir race and returned back to the course to shout their fellow Harriers along.
Dean maintained the good work and came home as 1st Harrier and landing 6th overall in a time of 33:29. Michael Smith casme home as 2nd Harrier and in 18th place overall in a time of 35:11 and Chris Doran landing 3rd Harrier home and 36th overall in a time of 37:52.
Our full list of men finishers were as follows:
6th: Dean Aston - 33:29
18th: Michael Smith - 35:11
36th: Chris Doran - 37:52
49th: Victor Bennett - 39:39
50th: Andy Pigg - 39:54
55th: Steve Walker - 40:22
57th: Jon Edmonds - 40:38
67th: Andrew Dippie - 42:31
70th: Darren Owen-Jones - 43:07
90th: Richard Palmer - 45:15
98th: Robin Chebsey - 46:21
99th: Gus Erlandson - 46:43
117th: Rob Friel - 49:33
127th: Simon Aries - 53:40
Another great performance from our whole team at the weekend topped off by Dean Aston who qualified to represent Shropshire in the Inter Counties Championships on the 9th March at Prestwold Hall in Loughborough.
See our full list of photos here:
In other news.......
We had a few Parkrun runners at the weekend.
Gus Erlandson had a fantastic run, notching up a new 5k PB with a time of 21:52. Amanda Merricks also ran, completing the distance in 30:08.
A worthy mention goes to James Wilson who completed the ~New Years Day Parkrun and also secured a new PB with a time of 20:07!
We also had a few attendees of the Attingham Park Jog Off Your Jumper event. Although not a race, this was a family fun run event, covering approx 1.2 miles with an aim if getting people out and running.
Well done to all who took part :)
And so comes to and end of another great weeks racing and we look forward to the next chapter in the Green & Gold story.