The sixth Advisa Cross Country Series took place last Saturday at Noirmont. Results :
Runners checked in at Noirmont car park amidst a pleasant sunny afternoon despite the recent spell of cold weather and then walked to the centre of Noirmont woods to the start. The course was a one kilometre clockwise loop of the woods with a slight climb from the start before a slow descent to the far end of the forest. The runners then returned along an undulating path along the fence that borders the area before turning right to finish by the start. Due to a forecast of a weather front moving in mid afternoon it was decided to run each age group together with boys’ and girls’ results counting separately.
The first race underway was the 7/8 years age group in which sixteen runners took part and this was the largest entry for the day. The race was dominated by two boys who run an extremely fast time for the one kilometre course. Jacob Stanton and Luke Killian were never separated by more than a few feet and Luke just proved too strong in holding off Jacob to win by three seconds. Some thirty seconds adrift third boy home, Dan Roderick, was being chased by Lily Scott and nothing separated them as they crossed the line with Lily winning the girls’ race by seven seconds. Elissa Polak ran well to take second place by three seconds from Ellie Boustouler.
The second race was the9/10 age group in which the competitors ran two laps of the course. Again the runners set off at a fast pace and after one lap, quite surprisingly, five boys were in a bunch as they passed the spectators as if they were joined by elastic. They remained like this until the final turn back to the finish when Jack Kennedy pulled away to win by three seconds from Peter Holmes. A further three seconds adrift Dougie Brown took third place form Jack Hardisty and Isaac Du Val with only one second separating the three girls. In the girls’ race Adele Maher won comfortably from Jennifer Cullen and Rosie Mcmanus.
The final race of the day was the 11/12 age group in which the runners ran three kilometres or three laps of the course. Ten runners took part in this race and from the start Sam Maher was in control as he emulated his sister in winning the boys’ race from William Brown and Joe Hugh. Yasmine llokess comfortably won the girls’ race from Clara Cullen whilst Emily Durance and Sophie Renouf tied for third place. Even more surprisingly Alecia Ibbotson and Jodie Yettram tied for fifth place.
After the race Advisa Hepburn Oracle medals were given to the first three home in each age group and lucky race numbers were drawn for cinema ticket spot prizes.
Also nine Advisa Hepburn Oracle Jersey Spartan sport’s bags were also presented as spot prizes.