Final Hereford League X-C…..Presteigne 27/2/11

So, what began at Moor Park back in October, ended here on the wooded hills of Presteigne at February’s end. On a new and improved course, with less hard surface than previously, nine hardy Couriers braved a chilly morning in Wales once again for this season’s 5th and final league fixture. Again, sadly the women did not have a full team but where quantity was missing, quality shone through with Nicky 9th and Amy 15th. Nicky finished the season as 2nd V40 while Amy was Champion Senior Woman.
In the men’s division, the team was 3rd on the day and 3rd for the season, a comedown on what we have been used to, but considering the severe depletion of our squad, a very creditable effort from those who turned out. Once again it was Eliot who led the way in an excellent 4th less than 2 minutes down on the winner, Jon Barnes. He revelled in the tough conditions and finished the season 2nd junior man behind Jon. Behind Eliot there was an epic battle between our two outstanding V45s, Max and Rich, Max this time winning out in 14th with Rich just a place behind. The two were neck and neck too in the overall competition with Max securing 2nd spot to Rich’s 3rd only with this run. Several spectators were puzzled by Max’s shorts which looked suspiciously like Peacock’s best boxers available from the Buttermarket. However, whatever their origins, they clearly allowed him the freedom to perform without inhibition. Given that he had achieved third position in a fell race the previous day, there were some quite uncalled for suggestions that the briefs, or whatever they were, were chemically loaded. I want to scotch such rumours here and now.   
Completing the team was skipper Dave Williams who once won us the League on this very course. Dave has had a tough year with injury and colds but will always turn out when he can, finishing on this occasion 26th which is not a true reflection of his ability. Behind him, Pete once again got the better of Steve H, 30th to 32nd, winning V50 silver while Steve was 1st V60. Close on their heels, Kev drove through the line in 40th, eyes a-poppin, sweat flying, calves tight as a drum and thighs slapping against one another with a sound that terrified the wood pigeons and Gary Gunner alike. Another full season for Kev….you can’t keep this man down!
And so on to the 5K Series and the Summer League……..