Day 2: Saturday 31st March – Middle – Brereton Spurs
Hosted by Octavian Droobers (OD).
Day 2 of this year's JK competition, a Middle Distance race for all age classes, was a complete contrast to the first day's flat sprint. The entire map was covered in contours, so runners found themselves climbing or descending steeply for much of their course. The heavy overnight rain had made the wooded terrain quite muddy under-foot - tracks in and out of controls formed quickly which might have helped later runners with navigation, but were also really slippery. There was also quite a lot of bramble in parts of the area, making it slower going especially for the older veteran classes.
Competitors enjoying Day 2. Photo credits: Rob Lines
Courses were technical and well-planned with lots of short legs and direction changes between controls (which is the norm for Middle courses). In the Men's 85-year-old category (1.9km, 100m climb) there was close competition between leader Donald Moir (LEI) in 41 minutes 25 seconds and 2nd-placed Michael Gammon (SO) in 44:14 not far behind. In the Women's 85 Eileen Bedwell (CLOK) was unopposed but still posted a very creditable 50:16 for her 1.6km 80m climb course.
At the other end of the age spectrum, the 10-year-olds were running remarkably quickly. Robbie Lightfoot (SYO) won M10 in only 13:37 for 2km, 70m climb, while Charlotte Slade (SN) won W10 in 14:53 on the same 2km course.
In the 21 Elite classes, Kris Jones (FVO) went out fast and was leading the 6.2km 325m climb course until control 15 half way round, where he lost a minute, allowing Peter Hodkinson (NOC) to take the lead and hold it till the end, winning with a 46-second margin from Kris in 2nd. Alistair McLeod had a solid run but couldn't quite beat Kris, finishing in 3rd just 2 seconds behind him.
In the Womens' Elite race Cat Taylor (SYO) and Megan Carter-Davies (MWOC) were neck and neck throughout the course, with Cat eventually coming away with the victory, but only by 11 seconds. Early in the course Megan was about 30 seconds ahead but a mistake at number 17 cost her around 45 seconds and let Cat take the lead, which she held to the finish, winning in 31:41. Tessa Strain took 3rd place in 33:43, only 2 seconds ahead of Jess Tullie in 4th.
Photo credits: Rob Lines
Yesterday's Middle Distance race is the first of two races that count towards the overall JK competition, and with today being a Long Distance race, there is plenty of opportunity for runners to pull themselves up onto the overall podium positions, once times from the two races are combined.
JK 2018 Results
The results can be found on the SportIdent site
Day 2 Middle - Brereton Spurs
Good luck to everyone who is taking part today in the Long distance race at Beaudesert.