It was the third of the four cross-country races at Lancing this weekend with both the men and women racing. The women went into this race holding 1st place for the senior and vets whilst the men were holding a very good 5th place.
It was another fantastic day of racing by the Arena ladies and the results make for great reading!
They are currently joint first senior team and first and third vets!
It was another stunning performance from that lady Julie Briggs who just doesn’t know the term ‘slow down as you get older’, as she came home as first Arena lady, 5th overall and 1st vet….such a great ambassador for the club and an inspiration to many. Her time was 19.23.
Second Arena lady home came from the captain herself Dani Tarleton who also had a superb run in 20.13 which put her 14th overall but more importantly 3rd place vet.
Completing the top 3 Arena ladies was our road race captain Tara Shanahan in 20.36 and 26th place, talk about leading by example from our captains. I would also just like to mention that in 27th place was Juliette Roberts 20.37 and 28th Katherine O’Hara 20.38, now that’s how you work as a team!
It was also great to welcome a couple of our new members to the joy of XC on their debuts for the club, Sophie Cheeseman and Elvia Acosta, well done to you both.
On to our men and run of the day for the Arena men came from Michael Barker who had a blistering last lap where he overtook 10 other runners to take 24th place in a time of 32.05. Second Arena man and within spitting distance of Michael was Alex Jago who really as picked up some pace in the last year. Alex came home in 32nd in 32.18. Completing our top Arena men was Jim Risdale in 56th in a time of 34.14. Jim always consistent and he always does what he says on the tin.
The men maintain their 5th place in division 1 and now looking for one final push in the last race of the season.
The final league race is being held at Stamner Park on Saturday February 10th 2018 so please add that date to your diaries. Both captain’s will send a reminder email out to all members a bit nearer the time but wouldn’t it be great to field a big Arena turn out to put us in with a strong chance of winning the title for the women and for the men to possibly push for 4th in Division 1.
Other XC races that are happening over the coming weeks are:
Saturday 9th December this is the SEAA Masters.
Saturday 6th January it’s the Sussex Champs at Bexhill. Entry is via captains only although the forms are not out yet.
Saturday 20th January XC Masters at Lancing
Saturday 27th January is the SEAA XC Main Champs at Stanmer Park. Gary McKivett is your point of contact for this one as he is organising the team for this one so if you’re interested drop him a message.
The last one of note is the National XC Champs at Parliament Hill on Saturday 24th February. Sam Bennett has very kindly offered to organise entries for this – an email will follow shortly, as Sam is not on Facebook.
Loads going on over the winter period to keep you all ticking over but please remember Saturday February 10th for the last league race of the season.