Bedfordshire XC Championships
10th January 2009




Position Seniors & Male Vets - 12k
6 Adam Mills 44:36
7 Tony Dadd 45:11
8 Stephen Earley 45:19
13 Simon Fawcett 48:04
24 Gareth Waite 51:07
30 Matt Burgin 52:31
32 Alistair Vile 53:11
36 Richard Piron 54:21
38 Justin Openshaw 54:32
46 Tony Barnes 56:40
50 Richard Watson 57:52
53 Noel Jones 58:48
59 James Wallbank 61:57
63 Chris Fadden 65:38
  Over 60s - 6k
1 Bob Wells 25:37
10 Bill Billington 34:00
  Senior and Lady Vets - 6k
4 Renee Corbett 26:13
5 Sally Cartwright 26:41
15 Veronica Singleton 30:26
16 Sarah Janes 30:45
20 Rosie Harper 31:47
23 Lucy Fensome 32:27
24 Beverley Tredget 32:29
26 Pippa Milton 32:59
27 Jenny Cull 34:15
31 Judy Prior 40:00

The Harriers won the Senior Mens Team Award, the Male Vets 40 Team Award and the Senior Ladies Team Award.  The Harriers ladies vets team were third.

Alastair Vile Reports on the Race

"The 2009 Bedfordshire X Country Champs were held at Shuttleworth College on the coldest day of the year.  So cold in fact that the course although trampled over by hundreds of athletes never thawed and remained frozen throughout the day!

 The first race for the Harriers was the Senior Ladies and Vets race which consisted of 2 3k (frozen) laps of the college grounds in sub zero degrees.  As defending champions of the Senior Ladies team title the Harriers had a lot to live up too but as expected they didn't disappoint.  A strong run by Renee Corbett saw her finishing in 4th chased home by Sally Cartwright in 5th and Veronica Singleton in 15th to regain the Senior Ladies Team Title. Both Sally 1st FV40 and Veronica 1st FV45 won their respective age groups as well as being part of the victorious Senior Ladies team and the Vets team which finished 3rd, another fantastic result.  The next Harriers home were Sarah Janes 16th, Rosie Harper 20th, Lucy Fensome 23rd, Beverley Tredgett 24th, Pippa Milton 26th, Jenny Cull 27th and finally Judy Prior who apart from finishing in 31st to bring the Harriers home also became FV60 County Champion - well done Judy.

 The men were greeted by the news that they had to run 4 3k (frozen) laps of the College grounds as well as follow the great earlier performances of the Ladies and just like their female counterparts they didn't disappoint.  With some great team packing the first Harrier home was Adam Mills in 6th closely followed by Tony Dadd 7th and Steve Earley 8th, Simon Fawcett 13th, Gareth Waite 24th and the Anchor Man - Matt Burgin in 30th.  This was enough to see the Harriers team clinch the Senior Mens title with 80 points over Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers who finished in second with 90 points, this was far closer than the Vets team race which the Harriers took with ease.  The next Harrier home was Alistair Vile 32nd, Richard Piron 36th and 1st MV55, Justin Openshaw 38th, Tony Barnes 46th, Richard Watson 50th, Noel Jones 53rd, James Wallbank 59th and Chris Fadden 63rd.

The only sad part of the day was that this was to be the final leg of the Bob Wells 2008/2009 last race Tour!  Bob along with Bill Billington were competing in the MV60 and MV70 races respectively and neither of the Gentlemen concerned could have performed any better!  Like the Ladies before them 2 3k (frozen) laps stood between them and the title.  Bill stormed home to take the MV70 title, whilst I am out of superlatives to describe a man that I have been privileged and honoured to compete against and know over the last few years.  Bob flew round both laps finishing over 3 minutes ahead of his closest rival winning the MV60 championship with ease.

This was a fantastic day for the Harriers with some equally fantastic results in both individual and team categories.  I would like to thank everyone who ran in such arctic conditions as well as those who turned out to cheer and snap photos. A special thank you to Gareth Waite for the coffee but not to Tony Dadd who decided to scald me with it!

Bob has also asked me to remind people that there are still some Bob Wells 2008/2009 last races Tour! T-shirts left in Large and Extra Large although some have been slightly damaged with soup stains.

Goodbye, Farewell & Amen"

 Al Vile

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