Queensbury Cross Country
In a week when the Beast from the East caused virtually every race on the calendar to be cancelled, the West Yorkshire Winter League declared (after a last minute course inspection) that their much anticipated Queensbury race could go ahead. Sunday’s race marked the end of the 2017/8 cross country series, a series which has been notable for its exceptionally snowy conditions throughout. The Queensbury event had already been rescheduled from its original date before Christmas when snow stopped play. Over 40 Lions were on the start line at Foster Park, which resembled a scene from Narnia. The entire course was blanketed in snow, and as the runners set off into the woods, more snow fell and continued to fall heavily throughout the race.
Team Stainland had a fantastic day. Margaret Beever capped off a magnificent season with her 4th win from six races, securing her individual prize as 1st Lady for the season. The Lions also scooped the Ladies Team on the day and retained the trophy for this season as top Ladies Team.
The Men put in another strong performance and finished second behind Baildon on the day and runners up for the season.
The Lions’ Vets team of Gavin Mulholland, Mark Pottinger and Margaret Beever claimed first place on Sunday too and retained the Vets trophy for Team Stainland.
Cross Country Captain Tim Walker said “Well done to everyone who turned up at Queensbury this morning and what a race it was - true Winter League stuff played out in true Queensbury Spring conditions!”