Bedford Harriers A.C.
Beds XC Championships
DAY AT THE RACES
Two trophies successfully defended, a third picked up, and second and third places in the two other contests, amounted to quite a day out.
When 'heads were counted' at the start of proceedings on the wind-swept grassy acres of the RAF playing fields at distant Halton, where down jackets rather than track suits were the order of the day, it was apparent that the Ladies would have their work cut out - three required to count for both Senior and Veteran contests, and just three runners present.
So to take the silverware back to its rightful place, it was a case of 'win or bust' - and win they did, with Anna, Sally and Veronica comfortably disposing of the three opposing clubs in both sections, confounding any suspicions that such a result might be unlikely. With Sally taking first Vet 40, place medals for three age groups were shared between our three runners under the multiple award formula operated by the County.
After missing out by two points last time round, a win in the Men's Vet 40 section was always on the cards, given the strength in depth of this section of the club. Getting home by over fifty points was a satisfying result, headed up, as the results below show, by Tony Dadd and Steve Earley (first and second M40's overall) the other two scorers being Kevin Willett and Richard Piron.
These four, plus Simon Fawcett and Tony Barnes, made up the scoring six in a
bid for the Senior Mens title, taken this year by Ampthill and Flitwick, who
placed six runners in the first eighteen, against Harriers six in the first
twenty-three. The 'losing margin' was 26 points - rather less than our 99 point
deficit behind Beds and Co. last year.
Meanwhile in the M50+ contest, Richard Piron, Neil Lovesey, Joe Horsman and Andy Purdy took third team place, with Richard taking second M45 and M50 as well as scoring in all three team results! Of the other individual awards, Tony Dadd's M40 status as County Champion for this group is probably a 'Harriers First', while Bob Wells(M60) and Bill Billington(M70 this time) were in their usual good form in again picking up winner's medals.
So well run everyone who ran, including 'support runners' Simon Costin, Jason Goodman, Alistair Fadden and Justin Openshaw who all finished in the top two thirds of the field and thereby contributed to such good team results. My thanks for an entertaining 'Day at the Races'.
The individual ladies medals (with race positions) were -
Anna 3rd Lady, 2nd LV35
Sally 2nd LV 35, 1ST LV40
Veronica 2nd LV45, 3rd LV40
Race Results :