Druridge Bay XC 8 October 2017 – Race Report

Another weekend and another XC fixture. This time we had the luxury of a Sunday fixture which brought with it a few hangovers and some unanticipated but very welcome sunshine.

Druridge Bay was the perfect setting for a sun-drenched day in the fields, complete with the new skyscraper-like Ponteland flags in tow!

The day got off to a great start as our youngest members did themselves and the team proud in their junior race. After a gruelling run over the long grass, both girls finished with huge smiles and a well-earned slice of cake to celebrate.

The juniors were soon followed by the slightly nervous, yet excited, ladies team starring a number of new recruits. The team did an amazing job coming second place in their division! First lady Elaine Stroud set the tempo high at 31:59, closely followed by Fiona Nicholson and Alison Guadango hot on her heels.

But the real triumph was the spontaneous aeroplane competition, with performances good enough to give Neil Ward a run for his money…watch out Neil! Perhaps that’s how Elaine ran so fast?

Next up were the U17 boys. While not technically a Ponteland Runner, we couldn’t not mention Daniel Buffham who had an amazing race coming 3rd place! An incredible feat and a medal-winning position to boot. Well done Daniel! Daniel’s success certainly set the bar high for the men who were to follow…

After waiting so patiently the men’s race did not disappoint. The irrepressible John McGargill led the team home with an impressive 42:45 (how does he do it?!). Hot on his heels were James Leiper, Tim Allsop, Chris Kenyon, Matthew Levison And Matty Bell all placing points for the team, well done guys.

Particular highlights included Paul Doney’s royal bow for the crowds, and Tony Vick’s pit stop supported by Helen O’Neil as the water bearer (much needed on such an hot day!)

An excellent day for all who came and a fantastic turn out! Great to see so many new faces and hopefully next time we’ll even have mud for you to sink your spikes into!

Laura Choake