Great running from everyone today at the final NEHL XC Fixture at Alnwick Castle. Apologies from myself for not being able to race - I tweaked my right calf at The Signals Relays and I didn't dare risk it.
Conditions were ideal considering the recent weather and the fabulous "Castle" backdrop was magnificent as ever.
Performance of the day goes to Kirstin finishing 28th and earning promotion to the Medium Pack for next year. Most of you will know that XC isn't Kirstin's favourite surface and she had a unfortunate mishap at Druridge Bay in twisting her ankle resulting in a DNF. Hopefully this performance will boost her confidence for next season. She was admirably backed up by Hannah, Lisa, Lorna, Julie, Kay, Claire M, Sara and Claire B to finish 6th Team in Div 2. Well Done Ladies.
Our Senior Men whilst lacking in numbers more than made up for it in effort and determination. Lewis was first man home with another fantastic run from the Fast Pack leading the team in 38th position. Considering he is ONLY 20 - Lewis has had an amazing XC season and we look forward to monitoring his progress over the next few years. Andrew chased Lewis all the way yet again as has been the case at every Fixture which could result in an individual Grand Prix Vet Medal for Andrew. Craig D ran a cracking race to record his best finishing position of the season - Craig is another who prefers "The Tarmac" but is more than prepared to do his bit for the team when it counts. Next man home was Robbie who as a first year Senior has performed superbly over the winter months and can be suitably proud of his achievements. Making his Birtley AC XC Debut was Steve Brownless who ran a solid race and promises he will be "Back for More" next season. Club Stalwarts Paul Agnew and Dave Francis completed our Team - these two lads 'Never let you Down' and as a Captain I really appreciate their commitment to the cause.
Overall I am delighted with the whole XC Season and as a Club I'm sure we can ALL take pride in our performances and results over the NEHL League season.
Everyone who has 'pulled on' their club vest and represented Birtley AC this season has contributed to the overall success for the club - take a step back, reflect on a Job Well Done and look forward to signing up for the 2022/23 instalment in the summer.
Match results HERE
League results HERE
Individual Grand Prix results HERE