Mens SL3 XC - Saturday 14/1/17

Posted by Alan Mawdsley on 17 January 2017

Mens SL3 XC Cranford Park 14/1/17

On Saturday 14th January, we had another great turnout (28 Stragglers) for the Surrey League Division 3 Cross Country match held at Cranford Park.

Despite being a wet and cold weekend we did get to glimpse the sun for the briefest of moments and the weather remained dry for the race. The course was pancake flat and consisted of three laps to total 5 miles. The lap was predominately on grass around the park with the final third through the woodland. At each subsequent lap the grass got more and more churned up, so those with spikes definitely held an advantage.

On the day Stragglers came 4th, closely behind West 4 Harriers. The performance of the day was Fulham Running Club who certainly bought their A team to the event. This result leaves us in third place (behind Fulham in second and Striders of Croydon in first). However,  West 4 have closed the gap to us so we need a strong turnout in the final race on 11 February at Lloyd Park to ensure we remain third in the league.

Everyone appeared to enjoy the event and throughout the field there were some close battles among the Stragglers, not least the battle for first Straggler where Rob Wilcox pipped Paul Bowden by one second. Well done to all the runners and spectators. The results are here.

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