Sat 24th November saw the opportunity for the Men to take on their double header cross country weekend, starting with the leagues penultimate event at Footscray Meadows. With the previous evenings presentation still fresh in some of our heads it was going to be a fussy kind of event for some but the 5 runners who turned up with even more supporters were not shy from the challenge.
With a group huddle, trying to keep warm, near the rear of the pack prior to the start we eased steadily into the slightly longer than 10k course with an ambition to work our way through the field and finish strong. Mike Gibbs and Steve Wright were keen to work their way through the field as was Sam Harker. Mark Wild and John Tilston were committed but maybe with less urgency to start with. Steve was soon to catch up and overtake Mike but Mike had a plan and a second wind allowing him to take back the team lead finishing 123rd (44:08). Steve was not far behind and true to form finishing 130th (44:25). Sam’s efforts to maintain a healthy lead at the beginning were held for the majority but Mark Wild had other ideas and managed to find an outstanding drive on the last half a mile and overtake Sam on the last 200m finishing 157th (47:05). Sam was a very brief distance behind and completing the team of 4 to score finishing 159th (47:11). Despite John suffering with a shoelace malfunction half way round and regaining his position with others he was unable to hold on to them as well and completed the teams involvement in 166th (47:48).
The clubs team finished 18th on the day and holds on to 14th overall with one final venue outstanding.
As mentioned we had a strong support crew from previous junior runners to female welly running partners willing to attend and cheer the runners along, oh and stop them chatting. Thank you to all of you for making the effort and your support – it was greatly appreciated.
The next and final event will be held on Sat 9th Feb 2019 (venue to be confirmed nearer the time) so please do your best to keep this date free to field a strong team of males and females (no junior race).
Happy running folks!