RUNNING: The cross-country season reached a thrilling climax as the English national championships took place at Alton Towers in Staffordshire.
With a rollercoaster course to match the local tourist attraction, the event was once again a gruelling test combining mud, hills and distance to offer a challenging test to the thousands of competitors vying for national titles.
Silverstone’s Silson Joggers sent both men’s and ladies teams to the championships.
Eight Silson men were among the staggering 1,302 finishers in the 12km men’s race, fittingly lead home by men’s team captain Simon Woodward in a time of 45min 20sec for 365th place.
Woodward was backed up by Kevin Reboul, never known to shy away from a cross country race and as consistent as ever, finishing in 628th position in a time of 49:21.
Jim Darcy was once again closely matched with Reboul, finishing in just over 50 minutes in 50:03 for 673rd position. Trevor George was next in 54:14, while Paul King and Tony Keech were hard to split as they finished in 58:26 and 58:48 respectively.
With Brian Keers finishing in 65:10 and veteran Allan Lock in 71:27, the club had one of its most successful national championships by finishing as 66th men’s team.
The women faced three laps in their 8km race. First home for Silson was Sue Clayton-Drabble in a fitting end to a great season, posting a time of 36:20 for 398th overall. Madeline Moutrie was next to finish, just over a minute back in 37:27, while Mel Bignell was a further minute back in 38:28.
Rounding out Silson’s ladies team was Ellie Lock, finishing in a time of 40:31. It proved a good day for the ladies as they finished 60th in the team competition.
The Joggers now hang up their cross country spikes and their thoughts will turn to the road. The next club event will be the Midland relays at Sutton Park in two weeks’ time.