The NRR ladies did themselves and the club proud in yesterday’s Plymouth XC this being the 5th race in the Charles Stanley Westward XC League 2017/18 Season.
Here’s a brief report on the proceedings:
CROSS COUNTRY REPORT by Paul Wright
NEWQUAY ROAD RUNNERS (NRR) LADIES PERFORM WELL ON THE COUNTRY
The fifth race of the 2017/18 season’s 6 race Charles Stanley Westward XC League took place in Central Park, Plymouth, the weather left a lot to be desired as there was a strong wind, numerous hail showers and it was also bitterly cold. Plymouth suffered from a number of heavy downpours on the eve of the race, as a result the conditions underfoot were far from ideal, it was vital that all those competing kept their concentration throughout proceedings, not to do so would have been a recipe for disaster.
The ladies race over 5,200m of what was formerly parkland was won by the ever-improving Heidi Tregenza Cornwall AC when one considers the atrocious conditions underfoot then her finishing time was a superb time 22 minutes 14 seconds. 115 finished the tough but fair course and leading the NRR team home was Jo Herd who placed 31st with a very respectable 26.19. Jo didn’t have it all her own way though as club colleague Megan Davis was the NRR leading lady with just under 800m remaining, it was at this juncture Jo put in a superb effort to ensure she was the first NRR club runner home. There was also an intriguing battle between Ali Potter and Eleanor Dixon, with 18-year-old teammate Leigh Spencer in hot pursuit. Ali, like Jo, saved her effort towards the end and managed to overhaul Eleanor, with Leigh not too far behind. Michelle Steele and Tracy Mckenzie also had a mini battle with Michelle holding on to take the honours in their scrap. A number of the NRR ladies were running over this course for the first time and every one of them should be proud of their performance.
The NRR veteran team of Jo Herd, Ali Potter, and Eleanor Dixon were the 4th over 35 team home out of the 35 teams veteran teams competing. Overall they are now lying 5th in the veterans league and 8th out of the 85 ladies teams that have competed in at least one of the 5 races.
The Newquay RR ladies who competed were as follows: