Hay Hotfooters Team Captain's Report - Herefordshire XCL League 2016/17
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This season 11 lady Hotfooters and 15 men Hotfooters were registered and allocated a number to run for our club. Of these 9 of the ladies and 12 men actually took part. Some were only able to run in one race but this meant that the men had a team at each of the 5 XCs, although the ladies only had a team for 3 of the races. However it was really great to have 2 teams in each category for the final XC race of the season at Presteigne.
The routes of most of the five races include a lot of hills and mud although Rotherwas was a wearing almost flat three laps. The weather was good for all the races again so at least there were no icy conditions and even the rain mostly held off. It was positively Spring like at Presteigne!. As always the atmosphere at each race was very friendly and their organisation, including the working out of results, by Mike Blenkinsop extremely efficient. Shaun again provided invaluable support for Mike at the finish as well as jacket minding, support and transport for us runners.
A big thanks to everyone who took part and hope that you will also be available for this Summer’s XC races. Our final team positions were ladies 19th out of 25 and men 16th & 19th out of 32 which I am sure we all agree is a fantastic achievement for such a small club. Congratulations as well to Jeff Kay who in his first year as a club member was awarded second in his age category. I too was also very pleased to achieve second in my age category.
Tina Lavelle (Winter XC Captain)
Exploring a new social run Posted by Jo
It's always good to find new places to run and this is no exception. Some Hotfooters had already walked this area while the rest of us were getting lost on route to Crickhowell last year. Jim guided myself Tina and Claire on a 7 mile loop of Craig y Cilau. an amazing limestone escarpment above Llangattock. This area is a wonderful mix of 18 century industrialisation and stunning natural countryside, blending together to make something almost otherworldly. There is a 20 mile cave system beneath the rocks an old tramway track, all grass now, snaking its way up the escarpment.
Look out for this as a Sunday social run with dinner of course after.
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New Years Day 10k Posted by Alan H
New Years Day 2017 was a wet and miserable one, however, this did not deter 5 keen and enthusiastic Hay Hotfooters who turned up at the rowing club in Hereford for the annual 10k road race. The event is organised by Wye Valley Runners and their president, Harry Franklin was there to welcome everyone.
The start of the race is on the old railway bridge with 197 runners lining up, Martin, Will and Jeff ensured that they were well to the front whilst Tina and Alan H were a little further back, the course itself is not an easy one as it soon leaves the city and follows the rural roads around Breinton in a large loop and could be described as undulating, it is a good run and it is very well signed and marshalled by cheerful and enthusiastic marshals, the finish is the same place as the start with the last Km a fast downhill.
Martin was the first Hotfooter home in a time of 44.22, Will was not far behind in 46.54 and Jeff was third in 48.28 Tina was the next Hotfooter to finish and came in at a very creditable 57.28 and Alan H living up to his status as the slowest runner in the club came in at 60.04, readers may be interested to hear that one of our former members, Gary, came in just before Tina at 56.42, Gary now wears a Wye Valley Runners vest.
All in all it was a great start the the New Year, I look forward to 2018 when perhaps a few more Hotfooters will take part. Finally I would like to point out that the winners time was 33.24 and Alan H had just passed the half way marker!!