Killamarsh Kestrels Win XC 2022!!

The final race in the 2022 inter-club cross country series took us to Worksop on what was a glorious sunny winters morning.

40 kestrels turned out to fight for the coveted XC shield, rumoured to have eluded us for 10 years.

Conditions were as good as could be hoped for after the very wet weather of the previous weeks, the benefits of a varied course with only a few sections of mud (and it wouldn’t be cross country without that!)

Every runner was cheered over the line, and once all were home we made our way back to Manton Sports centre for a nail biting wait for the results.

First up, results for the Worksop event.

  • 1st Place Men – Clowne
  • 1st Place Women – Retford

Next up, results for the overall series

  • 1st Place Men – Clowne
  • 1st Place Women – Worksop
  • 1st Place Club Overall – KILLAMARSH!!!!!!!

Rest assured that those of us who were there for the results made enough noise for the whole of Worksop to hear us when the winner was announced.

Worth noting that the 1st place position for the women’s team came down to accumulated points over the series with Worksop and Retford coming joint 1st under the usual points system. It was a very close competition!

We also think it was a resounding success for the new scoring system which sees 7 runners (men and women) score and the subsequent 10 runners deducting a point. It made for a much closer race than we have seen in previous years and encouraged more runners to participate.

Hopefully 2023 will see a return to the full cross country experience, with indoor mixing and the much missed buffet. A huge thank you to everyone involved in organising a brilliant series this year despite the restrictions.

Our captains take centre stage
The coveted shield