Metros Cross Country Report

Metros Cross Country Report

TVXC Race 4- Metros, Sunday 14th December

After the success of Handy Cross, we gathered at Metros in fine, yet cold, spirits. In a first for Team Finch, we arrived on the field alongside the Metros organisers and were the first to place our flag in the ground! I say we but what I actually mean is Nathy and Niamh Feely who were looking sharp in their new Finch Coasters hoodies (available at John Wood Sports, Wokingham)! So as James, Damian, Enda, Rhodri, Carol, Steve and Simon went to warm up, myself and Clare went to do a different kind of warming up in the club house!

Warm ups complete, some a lot longer than others, we were ready to go. We were a little lighter on the ground than Handy Cross but with 16 Coasters on the start line it was still a fantastic turnout! Who would have thought that there would be more Coasters taking on the hills of Handy Cross than any other race so far this year? Not me!

This was a three lap course with a hill that wasn’t dissimilar to one at Handy Cross (not dissimilar in that I walked up this one too)! There were also some very narrow wooded trails which made overtaking a bit of a challenge. Once out of the trail though, the field provided the perfect place to get the speed back up (if you felt so inclined)! I think my favourite thing about this race, however, was the support and particularly the support from our friends at Datchet Dashers who cheered me on on every lap.

And talking of support, the Coaster camaraderie was out in its finest form with many of the speedy Coasters (led by Damian) running the final lap again with Clare who put in an excellent finish. And this excellent finish was to become more important than we realised at this point on a soggy Sunday morning…

After his first place finish at Handy Cross, James had another fantastic run to finish in second place with the ever-improving Enda not far before in 7th. With Damian and Rhodri then finishing in a solid 37th and 58th place respectively results were looking good for the second match running. Add to that, Steve’s 66th position and Nathy’s 105th and things were looking very good indeed for the men! However, not wanting to be outdone, the women were  once again fielding the Dream Team of Carol and Jo (I’m not sure what I would call the team if Becky were available to turn this duo into a trio)! Carol and Jo each put in an awesome performance to finish as 4th and 5th ladies! With myself, Emily, finishing in 21st place, it was a successful race all around.

As always we needed to wait until the results were processes to gain a real picture of how we faired. With the men finishing in 6th place and the women in 2nd it gave a final position of joint 4th! The highest finish Finch Coasters have seen so far this season! And this is where Clare’s excellent finish comes in…. Had Clare not run in this race, there would have been one less competitor in the field and we would have finished in 5th place instead of 4th!

A huge well done, as ever, to all the Coasters who turned out. If you are yet turn out at cross country this season in a yellow vest then I strongly encourage you to give it a go. We are without doubt having a fantastic cross country season but in my eyes, cross country isn’t about that… It’s about everyone getting involved and enjoying tea, sandwiches and cakes together on a Sunday morning…. It just so happens that there is also a bonus on a Sunday morning run with friends (often through mud and involving a cheeky hill or two).

Here are the results:

2       37:10   James Craggs
7       38:31   Enda Ward
38      41:57   Damian Holmwood
59      44:02   Carol Yarrow (4th female)
62      44:07   Rhodri Jones (58th male)
69      44:33   Joanne Widdup (5th female)
71      44:41   Steve Butler (66th male)
118     49:04   Nathy Feely (105th male)
137     50:48   Emily Marshall   (21st female)
140     50:59   Andy Surplice   (119th male)
177     53:59   Matthew Cook     (142   rd male)
182     54:25   Rob Tuck        (145th male)
188     55:25   Steve Kelleher  (148th male)
270     1:11:26 Clare Cooper    (86th female)