Ladies’ winner Sarah Kavanagh. Picture by Robin Crossley.
SARAH Kavanagh proved she was the queen of cross country by retaining the Ryde Harriers cross-country championship ladies’ title.
Having won in 2013, she did it again with a two-minute victory over Mary Norman, crossing the line in 38.44 to Norman’s 41.09. Third was Julie King, in 43.10.
Veterans’ prizes went to Daisy Furmidge (vet 35) in 49.21, Mary Norman (vet 45) and Kath Levrier (vet 55) in 1.02.30.
The men’s race was keenly contested and last year’s champion, Les Cupis, was eventually pipped by Kristian Rowdon, who won the event in 49.50. Cupis came in just under a minute later, in 50.28. Tom Blackwell was third, in 51.00.
Kristian also won the vet 45 category, with Les winning the vet 50 category. Graham Maitland finished a minute ahead of his rivals, in 59.00, to take home the vet 60 prize.
One junior Harrier also took part, Dominic Jacobs, and he finished in 58.41.
Prizes were only eligible for Harriers’ members although there were plenty of guests who wanted to tackle the course, which was revised this year because of the heavy rain.
The series continues on January 26 with the IW Cross-country Championship, again at Smallbrook, starting at 11am. For more information, see www.rydeharriers.co.uk