Northampton Road Runners’ members turned out in force in the Three Counties Cross Country League meeting at Guilsborough.
The recent wet weather has made this year’s cross country the wettest and muddiest ever, yet the races are more popular than ever before with record entries.
NRR’s ladies team came seventh on the day, with Rosanna Andrews, making her cross country debut, finishing 10th overall lady.
Rosanna’s mother Penny was 25th and Charlotte Yarker completed the scorers.
Paula Pinney and Katherine White also ran their first cross country events and have promised to come back for more.
Suzanne Baldwin somehow managed to keep her kit completely clean.
Northampton Road Runners’ men’s team finished ninth on the day, with Chris Lamb cementing his place as league leader after three events with a second-place finish.
In 25th was Tony Letts, while Stu Drummond enjoyed a good race.
Mark Nightingale was 64th and Jim McGowan 104th, the day after an impressive Parkrun.
John Fleming was flying after arriving minutes before the start of the race. Mark Garrett was the final scorer.
Glen Cousner made his debut for the men and has also vowed to return for more.
NRR ladies’ results: 10 Rosanna Andrews 1st XC, 25 Penny Andrews, 50 Charlotte Yarker, 51 Becky Hollowell, 57 Jo Lee, 75 Suzanne Baldwin, 80 Jo Smith, 118 Paula Pinney (1st XC), 125 Helen Blackburn, 139 Katherine White (1st XC), 143 Sally Garrett
NRR men’s results: 2 Chris Lamb (league leader after 3 events), 25 Tony Letts, 62 Stu Drummond, 64 Mark Nightingale, 104 Jim McGowan, 110 John Fleming, 113 Mark Garrett, 128 Mark Kennedy, 137 Darren Baldwin, 140 Martin Andrews, 143 Pete Moor, 186 Jon Panter, 219 Dave Blackburn, 224 Jon Dilworth, 247 Paul Braddock, 259 Glen Cousner (1st XC), 268 Tony Kennedy.
Trio leave floods behind for Benidorm
While England was braving the early winter floods, a trio from Northampton Road Runners decided to opt for more exotic surroundings and attempt the Benidorm Half.
Mick Clarke and Dave Soloman are regulars at the seaside resort, while Jim Anderson made his debut on the course. Clarke came home in 1.55.00 ahead of Anderson (1.56.54) and Soloman.
Powell claims third place at Wolverton
Two Northampton Road Runners members took part in the annual Wolverton 5-mile race last weekend.
Caroline Powell was the third FV35 in 38:02, while Colin Bricher completed his first event in 11 months in 45:35 and was 3rd MV60.
Meanwhile, five from the same club completed the 30th Park Run on the same day.
James McGowan took seventh in 19.36, ahead of Peter Moor (20.16), Mark Kennedy (21.24), Martin Andrews (21.57) and Jo Lee (24.11),