A cold, crisp and bright winter morning greeted the 23rd running of the Tadley Runners’ Xmas XC. A field of 176 athletes, a mix of club and unattached runners, pitted themselves against the challenges presented by the course on the Wasing Estate – fields, forest trails, ditches, hills, this XC course has it all!
The winner of the men’s race for the past 4 years was finally dethroned, Mark Greenwood of Aldershot, Farnham & District finishing in 30.52 ahead of Matthew King in 31,54. Still, congratulations to Matthew – 4 1sts and a 2nd in 5 years can’t be bad. The 3rd place in the men’s race was taken by Mike Wilson of the 11th Signals Regiment in 34.32. The Male Vet places were taken by Ian Newell (M40, Marlborough AC, 34.37), Brian Kirsopp (M50, Reading Joggers, 37.31) and Peter Crozier (M60, Unattached, 40.45).
There was a really close contest in the ladies race, Andover-based Sarah Costin, representing Notts AC, piping Elaine Laver of Reading Roadrunners by the narrowest of margins of 1 second – 38.06 and 38.07 respectively. Third place in the ladies race was taken by Tracey Corker in 39.02. The ladies Vet prizes were taken by Marie Coultas (F35, Newbury AC, 40.40), Lesley Whiley (F45, Reading Roadrunners, 39.30) and Lorraine Kirby (F55, Unattached, 48,55)
The team event was won by a trio of Reading Roadrunners running under the endearing team name of Elaine’s Angels. The team consisted of Toby Laver, Edward Dodwell and Elaine Laver.
Tadley Runners thank all those who supported our event, hope you enjoyed it and look forward to welcoming you to our events in 2013 – 10K in July, 10M in October and XC in December.
Full results can be found here.