Contrary to the previous claggy and clarty XC at Jarrow, the course at Haughton Academy School grounds, Darlington was generally mud free and (allegedly) flat. Race 1 was approximately 6km (women over 35 and men aged 65+) while Race 2 ( men between 35 and 64 ) was about 8km. There was general agreement that both the school grounds and the facilities offered were very good.
So, first off were the Poly women who returned with medals of various hues. Alison Cummings won gold and Carla Maley won silver in their age groups. Also the women’s team of Alison, Carla and Karen Gunn won gold for the fastest team.
Next up, in Race 2, Sean Maley cheered on by Carla and the boys won bronze in his age group, and Tommy Brannon just missed out on a bronze medal in the 45 to 40 category. Well done to all who turned out and made it a team effort- as well as those already mentioned Karen Foster and Julie Guy also took part.