31 Jan 2016 – Derby Runner XC, Grace Dieu

Seven Striders made the trip over to Shepshed on Sunday morning for the derby runner cross country league. It was a cold, damp morning but we soon got warm once the race started. There was a kid’s race, followed by separate men’s and ladies’ starts. 

It was a two-lap course (about 5.3 miles) through the fields and woodland around the school. Lots of mud, a couple of river crossings and some fairly hilly hills. There were hundreds of people cheering on the finishers and a great atmosphere. 

Rob Beers led in the Striders contingent in 41:29 (87th), followed by Clive Kent (44:50, 144) and Matt White (50:28, 237). In the ladies’ race, Debs Wilson finished in 58:23 (131rd), Kaye Mead (60.58, 146) and Jenny Kent (66:04, 164). Jon Wilson cheered us all on and was official photographer. The chip cobs and cups of tea at the Blue Boar at Thrussington were well deserved and much appreciated.

[Jenny and Clive]