Our 2nd local event of the year took place at Biddulph Grange Country Park at the weekend. After having to restrict entry numbers at our previous Ladderedge event due to the Covid restrictions we were happy to be able to allow more entrants at this event and it was well supported with 70 pre entries.
The cold and wet weather did not seem to put many people off and the system of allocating all runners exact start times using Fabian 4 worked well. Club chairman Gordon Witte planned some good courses and with a total of around 40 controls to put out it was definitely an early start for him on Saturday. Thanks also to Jim Cooke for organising the event and dealing with the entry system.
In terms of the results Martin Pigott took the win on the 4.7km Long Hard course in an impressive 38 mins despite making a couple of errors early on in the course. Leon Foster of AIRE was 2nd and Graham Pigott POTOC 3rd, only 3 seconds ahead of former POTOC member Mark Rowe who now runs for ESOC.
On the 3.3km Short Hard course Jim Cooke POTOC was first in 37 minutes, ahead of Robert Lofthouse POTOC in 2nd and Jeni Rowe of ESOC 3rd.
The 2.4km Moderate course was well contested and it was good to see 9 juniors of M/W12 – 16 competing. Dietrich Gutschow M14 from MDOC was first in 19 mins followed by Jonah Hearn M12 WCH. Eden Pigott W12 POTOC was 3rd.
On the 1.8km Easy course there were 3 juniors competing and Catherine Rowe W10 ESOC was first ahead of Annie Lewis W10 WRE and Adam Rowe W12 ESOC.
The full results and Routegadget are available in the results section.
Our next event will be taking place around the end of June with the venue and date to be decided shortly.