2= GWENT LEAGUE TRIO – TIM WALLIS (8), ROB BUGDEN (11), DAN WOOLFORD (13) – All three finished relatively close to each other and could equally be pleased with their efforts albeit for different reasons. Tim was having his first X-C race for over a year, Robbie his first race of any kind since joining the RAF again a year or so ago, and young Dan his first X-C race as a senior.
3 STEVE MITCHELL – Steve underlined his racing reputation over shorter distances by clocking the third fastest time in the Manchester University X-C relays, only three seconds slower than junior international star Niall Brooks.
1 ANNABEL GUMMOW – Annabel may only be a first year U17, but warrants inclusion here after scoring a comprehensive victory over her senior Devon and Cornish rivals in the opening Westward X-C League race.
2 ELEANOR WIMSHURST – Ellie made a memorable X-C debut as an U20 by outclassing the opposition in the opening Gwent League U17/20 race at Bridgend.
3 SEAN HAZELL – Sean perhaps misguidedly, yet very much in character, refused to drop out after clearly tearing a calf muscle early in the combined men’s U17/20 Gwent League race, soldiering on to finish a very creditable 19th. Here’s wishing him a speedy recovery.
1 HELEN FINES – Helen probably warrants a place in the senior honours list, but I am sure she will not mind us using her masters status to top the list this week for her outstanding performance in defying the elements to break the women’s course record and finish a remarkable 6th overall in the Mendip Muddle 20K multi-terrain race.
2 JON GOODLAND – Jon once again belied his age to finish a close second in the Horton Winter Bull 5.2M multi-terrain event, only missing out on overall victory by 17secs.
3= MIKE ADAMS & ALISON HURFORD – Difficult to split these two: Mike, who was just pipped for the V60 prize in the aforesaid Mendip Muddle and Alison, who must have at least matched that second place in her V45 category when finishing 54th in the Gwent League senior race.