Majestic Travel Cross Country League.

Round 1; Colwyn Bay, 30/9/2006.

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It was records all round for Abergele Harriers in the first round of the Majestic Travel North Wales Cross Country League in Colwyn Bay, with a record 18 members racing, including 13 men, 5 ladies and the first ever Junior to run in the cross country league for the club, with several other members turning out to support the team effort. The ladies team was lead home in style by Ladies Cross-Country Captain, Angie Hughes, who won a fantastic sprint finish to come home in 21mins 7secs, for 38th position, eight positions higher than last year, and in a much bigger field of runners. Ladies Club Captain Alison Guillemin also performed outstandingly well finishing in 22mins 31secs for 52nd, seven positions higher than last year. Susan Calvert, making her debut at the discipline, ran a superb 23mins 15secs, for 59th position, with another cross-country debutant Sara McIlveen not far behind in 25mins 32secs for 68th. Last seasonís Captainís award winner Julie Jones, also ran a fantastic race, finishing in 27mins 25mins for 79th position.

In the menís race, the Captains once again lead by example, with Cross-Country Captain, Sean McCormack, first home in 33mins 9secs, for his second best ever finishing poison of 22nd, closely followed by Club Captain Geran Hughes, in 33mins 19secs for 27th, who in turn was followed by Borders League Captain Darren Blazier, in 33mins 43secs for 31st. Steven McCormack, the first ever Under 20 to run a cross-country league race for the club, was fourth home in the senior menís race, in an outstanding 35mins 17secs, 50th overall, over the vary tough four lap course. Justin McIlveen was close behind, finishing in 35mins 30secs (55th), this time turning the tables on Matthew Ashton, who clocked 36mins 12secs for 63rd. Ed Reid, just one week after completing the Anglesey Marathon, was showing no signs of fatigue, running an excellent 37mins 44secs for 88th, while Grahame Shone, recovering from injury, ran a very satisfying 38mins 45secs (115th). Robert Spotswood, just one week after completing the Berlin Marathon, was also still on form, with a superb 42mins 53secs (142rd), while Borders League ever-present John Essary, tried his hand at cross-country, and finished in a very successful 46mins 44secs (158th). Acting Club Chairman, Steven McCarten, ran very well finishing in 49mins 32secs (164th), while Stevie Ward made a very welcome return to the cross-country scene, finishing in 54mins 52secs (167th). Jonathan Perry, running his first race for the club, also ran an excellent time of 56mins 7secs for 169th overall. The menís score of 249, was a best ever for the club and was an excellent start to their new life in the First Division putting them into 4th position, while the ladies score of 149 puts them well in contention for promotion this season.

 

Ladies positions;

Name

Position

Time

Angie Hughes

38

21:07

Alison Guillemin

52

22:31

Susan Calvert

59

23:15

Sara McIlveen

68

25:32

Julie Jones

79

27:25

Ladies Team Total

149

 

 

 

Mens Positions;

 

Name

Position

Time

Sean McCormack

22

33:09

Geran Hughes

27

33:19

Darren Blazier

31

33:43

Steven McCormack

50

35:17

Justin McIlveen

55

35:30

Matthew Ashton

63

36:12

Ed Reid

88

37:44

Grahame Shone

115

38:45

Rob Spotswood

142

42:53

John Essary

158

46:44

Steven McCarten

164

49:32

Stevie Ward

167

54:52

Jonathan Perry

169

56:07

Menís Team Total

248