Boxing Day Challenge – 2017

Race Reports

There were a lot of sky blue vests in evidence at the start, under blue skies, but on a chilly morning. Overnight rain had made the course as muddy and slippery as I’ve possibly ever seen, not helped by the churning up caused by (huge!) Highland cattle in the woods. So, it was always likely to be a Croft affair, and no great surprise to see Scott J crest the rise first, quite closely pursued by Mark T, both a good 50 seconds ahead of 3rd placed Andrew George, who’d dusted off his running kit after a dormant year! Young Forbes Wilson of Lucton secured 4th place, having lost some ground on the initial climb. Sam R, Will George and Alec were the next three (average age 16.5?) over the line, with guests Steven Oldfield and Chris Neil hot on their heels.

I didn’t hear the team result declared, but Croft had 18 of the top 20 places. It appears a small group of Lucton runners took a wrong turn (when I had so carefully marked out the course, believing it fool-proof – providing arrows didn’t get obliterated by passing runners!), which may have lost them a few places. Croft’s sheer advantage in numbers (51 runners, as opposed to Lucton’s 21) inevitably put the odds in our favour, whatever the declared result!

Thanks to Alison for sweeping (and nearly accidentally ushering a group of walkers up to the finish line!), and to Bryan for the organisation and for the calculation of the results.

BOXING DAY CHALLENGE – 2017

 

1          Scott Jones                               16.57               Croft

2          Mark Thomas                           17.05               Croft

3          Andrew George                        17.52               Croft

4          Forbes Wilson                           17.58               Lucton

5          Sam Roberts                            17.59               Croft

6          Will George                              18.42               Croft

7          Alec Harper                             20.38               Croft

8          Steven Oldfield             21.02               Croft

9          Chris Neil                                 21.07               Croft

10        Robyn Gore                             21.22               Croft

11        Lucy Austin                              21.39               Croft

12        Will Gore                                 21.48               Croft

13        Jo Tilby                                    21.58               Croft

14        David Richmond                       22.08               Lucton

15        Alex Powell                              22.39               Croft

16        Neil Taylor                               22.43               Croft

17        Daniel Austin                            22.52               Croft

18        Gary Gunner                             22.59               Croft

19        Paul Colley-Davies                   23.03               Croft

20        Liz Bowers                               23.12               Croft

21        Sam Harper                              23.26               Croft

22        Tim White                                23.35               Lucton

23        Aoiph   Clarke                          23.44               Lucton

24        Oscar Austin                            23.57               Croft

25        Callum Gullis                            23.59               Lucton

26        Lorcan Clarke                          24.41               Lucton

27        Jodie Sage                                24.49               Lucton

28        Tod Bassett                              24.50               Lucton

29        Tom Davies                              25.01               Croft

30        Scott Hardie                             25.08               Croft

31        Rob Wood                               25.15               Croft

32        Liza Austin                               25.21               Croft

33        Herbie                                      25.27               Lucton

34        Benjamin Williams                    25.28               Croft

35        Carol Powell                            25.29               Croft

36        Ian Williams                              25.42               Croft

37        Ellis Yates                                25.50               Lucton

38        Zach Powell                             25.53               Lucton

39        Jude Horton                             26.21               Croft

40        Mr Powell                                26.45               Lucton

41        Amelia Bassett              27.12               Lucton

42        Mr Bassett                               27.44               Lucton

43        Flora Gunner                            27.49               Croft

44        Paul Norman                            28.13               Lucton

45        Ian Johnson                              29.13               Lucton

46        Ellie Painter-Black                    29.43               Lucton

47        Ivy Horton                                30.00               Croft

48        Rudy Green                              30.40               Croft

49        Steph Main                               30.42               Croft

50        Tom George                             32.06               Croft

51        Sue Wood                                32.08               Croft

52        Clive Austin                              32.09               Croft

53        Malachy Clarke                        32.36               Lucton

54        Angus Wilson                           32.42               Lucton

55        Evan Roberts                            32.45               Croft

56        Wayne Jones                            33.02               Croft

57        Sam Johnson                            33.11               Lucton

58        Tom Austin                               33.52               Croft

59        Rachel Austin                           34.22               Croft

60        Paul Green                               34.35               Croft

61        Jamie Symonds             34.46               Croft

62        Lisa Gray                                 34.40               Croft

63        Teddy Moffatt                          35.45               Croft

64        Matt Moffatt                             35.56               Croft

65        Hilly Moffatt                             35.56               Lucton

66        Jo Moffatt                                35.58               Croft

67        Tim Symonds                           36.24               Croft

68        Heather Powell             36.33               Croft

69        Suzanne Field                           36.39               Croft

70        Ruth Roberts                            39.16               Croft

71        Bryn Roberts                            39.17               Croft

71        John Russell                              41.02               Lucton

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