The club held the 8th and final round of the National Cross Country series at South Barrule Plantation on Sunday 17th.
After some 11th hour course changes the route meandered around the plantation in a clockwise direction, which included a lung busting climb that ran straight from the lowest point to the highest above the popular man made trails. This then lead to a technical descent down the muddy upper reaches of the plantation onto the more manicured Red Run sections, which eventually catapulted the riders out on to the bottom fire road to complete the lap.
At a few seconds to 9am, the organisers lit the blue touch paper, stood back and watched as moments later with all the explosive power of a NASA strength missile the racers launched across the start line and sped off along the fire road.
As expected, from very early on Elliot Baxter took command although only by few seconds ahead of a very fast Rob Sorby, with both riders made short work of the course showing real class and fantastic fitness especially when navigating the technical sections. However, lets not forget third placed Glynn Thomas who despite missing the last few races rocketed around the course only a few minutes behind the two leaders and was never really challenged by fourth place Orran Smith.
In the Expert Class, Gary Kirby slotted in ahead of Julian Corlett by a few seconds and there he remained for the entire race. A well earned third place went to Darren Murphy.
In the Sports Category, local footballer Lee Gale charged ahead finishing well ahead of Martin Young.
Julie Lyness was the only entry into the woman's sport class and as usual she motored on around the course putting in some impressive lap times and never seeming struggle.
In the Novice race James Kermode only just managed to fend off Jon-Paul Fisher by 25seconds with Toby Flack in third.
There were the usual two big hitters in the Junior class, Joe Haddock and Liam Mazzone, both are incredibly fast and capable of beating most of the seniors, with the former taking the win.
As always a big thank you to all that helped and marshalled also the St Johns Ambulance for there time and dedication. Jeff Plowman has been volunteered to design and mark out the next race, so it should be no less than perfect!