Dunstable Cross Country

It was the last one of the season and possibly the muddiest ever. The goal was to stay upright all the way round. Half the course achieved that.

It was a great effort by the NRR who made the journey down to Dunstable to compete in the last race of the 3 Counties Series.  The hilly course around the Dunstable Downs always provides a tough challenge and the very slippy/muddy conditions really took its toll on everyone

Big well done to all the NRR members who took on the hills, tracks, trails and water hazards this season. Despite the overall numbers being down on some of our other seasons, we still had 49 runners doing at least one race this year , including some doing their first (and hopefully not last!) foray into cross country running. We had 9 NRR doing at least 4 of the races and Dave Blackburn, Helen Blackburn, John Gibbins and Rachel Palmer doing all 5! Great effort especially considering some of the weather and conditions we have faced.

Really big well done to Alan Hall, Mark Garrett and Sally Garrett for doing a sterling job of organising and running the series this year. As you may or may not be aware it is currently our task (NRR) to be responsible for all the administration (there is a lot!) of the series for 2019/20 and 2020/21. There are usually around 400 runners at these events requiring a lot of work behind the scenes.  Despite some technical problems with the last race it has gone really well and full credit to them all

I must finally say a big thank you to Carole Whatton who despite being injured was there cheering us on at the races and very kindly looked after Thomas while we ran.  Thank you also to Mark Garrett for looking after him on Sunday.

Next season’s cross country races usually start at the end of October or beginning of November.  I shall send an email out nearer the time regarding actual dates and how to enter etc.  In the meantime I will hopefully see many you at the various races and events over the spring/summer.  

Tony Letts

18 Matthew Clarke
28 Tony Letts
106 Rob Hemingway
112 John Gibbins
156 Andy Rosewell
168 Mark Kennedy
218 Dave Blackburn
254 Elaine Palmer
261 Alan Hall
276 Roger Taylor
291 Jo Smith
311 Rachel Palmer
336 Jo Letts
342 Justin Yorke
343 Dawn Bailham
345 Debra Tame
367 Helen Blackburn

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