Northern XC Pontefract

Rob Danson in the front pack

Northern Cross Country Championships – Pontefract. 27 January 2019
The Northern Cross Country Championships took place at Pontefract, by the racecourse. Conditions were good, the slight breeze, even temperature and lack of mud ensured a fast race. The course is deceptive as it appears fairly flat, though there are long gradual inclines which become more apparent the further you get into the race.
Once again Anne Mayers Smith was the sole flag bearer for the Wesham ladies so she takes all the plaudits. In contrast the men had eight athletes competing over the 3-lap 12.1km course. Wesham lined up in the pen next to Sale Harriers which fired Rob off to a fast start. In only his second cross country race of the season Rob finished 9 th , eleven seconds behind Lancashire Champion Daniel Bebbington and only four seconds behind perennial Mid-Lancs winner James Douglas. Dave Taylor was next home for Wesham followed by Mark Bellfield, Mark Renshall and John Collier. Ben Wrigley continued his improved form to close out the team, finishing just ahead of the doughty Martin Bates. Peter Bartlett had been struggling with a knee problem but courageously elected to run and complete the Wesham squad. Thanks to all those who competed.

Full results and latest standings in our cross country championship are now online

233 Anne Mayers-Smith 39:46

9 Rob Danson 39:28
237 Dave Taylor 46:51
334 Mark Belfield 49:14
498 Mark Renshall 53:46
589 John Collier 57:40
633 Ben Wrigley 1:01:08
639 Martin Bates 1:01:24
699 Peter Bartlett 1:15:19

Wesham were 37 th team and the only Fylde coast club to be represented.