The cross-country report for 2017/18 from our men’s captain Dan Vaughan
Congratulations and thanks to all Arena men who turned out for the cross country league fixtures. The A team were a very comfortable 5th place out of 8 in Division 1 (same as previous year), and were closer in points to first place (Lewes) than we were to relegation (Hastings and Horsham). The B team were 7th in Div 3 – and were the 6th best-placed B team in the leagues. We should be at least one or two better. The Vets were 10th – top 5 is easily achievable if we all turn out more regularly.
In terms of individual performances, 28 of us turned out in at least one of the 4 fixtures. Of those 28, 9 turned out twice and 6 turned out 3 times. Many thanks to those 6 – Alex Jago, Jim Risdale, Michael Barker, Sam Bennett, Steve McNealy and Timmy Gedin. Alex started all 4, but was a DNF at Goodwood – due to illness.
In terms of finishing positions, 11 men scored for the A team (i.e. were in our top 6 in at least one race). Of those, pride of place must go to Alex Jago – our MAN OF THE SEASON – for his 2nd, 1st and 1st Arena positions. James Dicks ‘Dixie’ grabbed a 1st and 2nd, Michael Barker a 4th, 1st and 4th, and Mr Consistency Timmy Gedin was 4th, 3rd and 3rd. Gary McKivett was 3rd and 2nd in the first 2 races before injury struck.
Whilst 28 runners turning out is fantastic, a surprising number of cross country “regulars” from previous years failed to make it out at all so we will work on it for next season please!
Until then, 8 months of road running glory lies ahead of us. Phew.