Round 7 Borders League

Wrexham, 29/4/2009

 

It was celebration time for Abergele Harriers on Wednesday night when, thanks to a fantastic team effort, the club managed to leapfrog out of the relegation zone in the Borders League end of season race, and maintain their top tier status for another season. An extremely strong team of seventeen men turned out for the race, with members travelling to Wrexham on the night from as far away as Hull and Loughborough, as well as one member racing just hours after travelling back from Canada, and two racing just three days after completing the London Marathon. It was all worth while as the club managed to overturn a 106 point deficit to reach safety and doom West Cheshire AC to life in the lower division. Although it was all about team work on the night, three members did also manage to gain individual success for the season, the first of whom was Josh Dixon who, by finishing seventh on the night, managed to complete a remarkable season that never saw him out of the top ten finishers and ensured him the second Junior Male overall prize. Second home on the night was team Captain Darren Blazier in 11th position to gain the 5th Senior Male overall prize, while Tim Cahill, by finishing 25th on the night, secured a tremendous 2nd overall in the highly competitive MV45 category. On the night Dewi Roberts finished one position ahead of Cahill, with Sean McCormack, four further back and Gareth Roberts was just seven behind that. Not far behind, taking a break from a hectic schedule of Triathlon racing was Matthew Ashton in 56th position, while Steven McCormack, completing his second of three races in seven days, finished in a well deserved 70th position. Geran Hughes, who rarely runs in the Borders League, was still prepared to help the team out despite completing a gruelling fell race less than 24 hours earlier, and finished in a highly creditable 88th position, while Richie Lee competed for the club for the first time in a number of years, was tenth man home in 101st position on the night. Ed Reid, only hours after stepping off an airplane from Canada  did his bit to help, finishing in 122nd, while Haydn Jones returned to racing after several weeks of injury, and managed a spectacular 134th, just one position ahead of Keith Elliott, who has racing just three days after taking 30 minutes off his marathon personal best time in London. Ever improving Andy Goodson managed a superb 212th, while Alan Lucas, another Harrier fresh from London, also ran superbly to finish in 246th.  John Essary completing his eighth season as an ever present in the league, had another great run finishing in 265th while Jonathan Perry completed a memorable night for the club in a tremendous 272nd.

 

Abergele Menís Team Results;

Name

Time

Position

Josh Dixon

21:07

7

Darren Blazier

21:30

11

Dewi Roberts

22:19

24

Tim Cahill

22:26

25

Sean McCormack

22:31

29

Gareth Roberts

22:44

36

Matthew Ashton

23:24

56

Steven McCormack

23:54

70

Geran Hughes

24:26

88

Richie Lee

24:52

101

Ed Reid

25:33

122

Hayden Jones

26:00

134

Keith Elliott

26:01

135

Andy Goodson

28:58

212

Alan Lucas

31:05

246

John Essary

33:07

265

Jonathan Perry

34:08

272

Total ; 436

Individual results.

 

Team results.