Put the tent down Steve and run!
PUBLISHED: 15:47 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:34 26 October 2009
GARDEN City Runner Steve Livingstone was nearly late for his first run in an over-50s race at the Southern Counties Masters Cross-Country Championships. Carrying the club tent, he had to rush through the woods to get to the start of the event at Mad Bes
GARDEN City Runner Steve Livingstone was nearly late for his first run in an over-50s race at the Southern Counties' Masters Cross-Country Championships.
Carrying the club tent, he had to rush through the woods to get to the start of the event at Mad Bess Wood, Ruislip, on time.
Despite this less than ideal warm-up, he ran a textbook race and claimed a place in the top 10.
Steve enjoyed a single-figure placing, finishing ninth out of 147 competitors overall.
His time of 36 minutes 21 seconds for 10km was excellent for the hilly, muddy and uneven terrain round the course.
Dave Edwards also had a good one. He came 49th in 40 mins 26 secs just ahead of arch-rival Pete Fitzpatrick, of Herts Phoenix, going some way towards making up for missing Parliament Hill with a cold.
Andy Newbury of the club's steady training evening group was 103rd in 44 mins 37 secs to give GCR ninth place in the team competition.
Mick Smith was 25th V55 in 45 mins 47 secs, Jim Prowting 31st over-60 in 49 mins 35 secs, and Tom Casserley a splendid fifth over-65 in 47 minutes dead.
In the ladies' race, Suzy Fitt led the team home with a storming 25 mins 05 secs for her 6km course to finish 20th overall out of 107.
She was followed home by Yvonne Jones in 27th in 25 mins 43 secs. Marie Heald was 40th in 26 mins 53 secs, with Celia Pardoe fifth V50 in 27 mins 29 secs, Joy Allen fourth over-55 in 28 mins 57 secs and Avis Cowley in 33 mins 36 secs, as GCR placed sixth ladies V45 team.
The men's over-40s race saw Andy Holt power his way over the 10km course to finish 34th out of 119 in 36 mins 01 secs.
Andy admitted to being tired and not at his best, but still came out on top in a battle with his rivals from the Barnet and Ealing clubs.
Steve Williams ran 41 mins 51 secs and Dave Moscrop clocked 44 mins 49 secs.
For a race playing host to the cream of southern England's veteran talent, the Hillingdon AC venue is charmingly low-key, and this year at least the trees provided shelter from the chilly wind.
It's the kind of event in which the WGC club could do with increasing its presence at and in which they have the capability to be a major force.