BRC RACE SERIES – STORMONT XC
SAT 3 FEB 2018
Saturday 3 Feb saw another good club turn out for the latest event in the BRC race series. For many it was their first introduction to cross country so there was more than a little trepidation as we gathered prior to the 11am start. The Primary school races were already underway and small children in shorts and vest tops (seemingly oblivious to the weather) ran happily round the course barely breaking sweat and apparently having no issues at all with the mud. Therefore “how hard can it be? “we thought. Our warm up run and the fact that the marshals were starting to extend the route in preparation for the ladies’ race quickly dispelled that optimism and did little for the nerves.
The course was 3 laps, all on grass/mud, on a route set to the left-hand side of the road leading up to Stormont. Total distance was 3.3 miles. There were plenty of hills, slippy patches plus areas where the wet mud seemed to just suck your feet below the surface making the run extremely tiring and heavy on the legs. We all agreed that coming around the bend to start the 3rd lap took a lot of will power to continue, however we were spurred on by the “BRC massive” who had gathered at the corner. Many thanks in particular to those who weren’t in fact running themselves but just showed up to support. It was very much appreciated by us all.
All 9 BRC ladies finished filthy, knackered but justifiably proud of their achievement and although some trainers were going to need power hosing and others might never be quite the same again, most, if not all, agreed that they might just be tempted to do another cross county in the future!
The ladies then returned the favour of support for the men who had to do 4 laps (4.4 miles) of the same course that we had now churned up even more. Strange, I heard no demands for Equality for Women!! in this particular instance.
Racing all done it was back to the Pavilion for some food and then many went on to the Errigle for post-race pints, post mortems and general merriment.
Which all goes to prove that the race series is achieving its goal in encouraging members to try new events and bringing club members together to get to know one another better.
Therefore, for anyone who hasn’t as yet taken the plunge please come and join us at the next one.
What more can be said after the fantatic writeup above? Other than to labour the fact that the men had 4 laps to do, and being the last race of the day the field was really cut up!
Fantastic support from the Ladies and supporters, a wall of noise for each runner from BRC as they started the next lap – with even the support being commented upon by Mags the Race director.
And not mentioned abouve, but it wouldn’t be right to have a race report – without congratulating Liz again on winning her age category!
Next race in the series is the Carlingfrom Half Marathon/10k taking place on the 3rd March – hope to see a big turnout from BRC in the Cooley Peninsula.
And here we go – the overall table as it looks after 4 races! Getting very tight at the top with a Derry battle going on between Mark and Monica with 6 points separating them. (did I hear a Tonya Harding-eque – “Watch your knees at the track on Thursday?”
The Captain John Nelson Nelson currently in 3rd postion with 171 points – still all to play for!