Gloucestershire cross country league - Saturday 5th March 2022

The 3rd and final race of the Gloucestershire Cross Country League took place at Old Down Country Park on 5th March. Following a late request from the park that everything had to be
finished and the park vacated by 4pm, the timings had to be revised combining some junior races
which had lesser fields, into mixed gender races for each age group.

It also came as a bit of a surprise to both spectators and officials, that Old Down charged
spectators £5 admission to the final league race. The organisers pay quite a big fee to use the grounds so it was unexpected especially as it’s never happened before.

Three flew the Malvern Buzzards flag at this event with Margaret Kenchington having another very good run to finish first in her age category in the series in a time of 33:38 whilst I finished 4th in the same age category in a time of 38:41.

The ladies ran 3 laps over 6.5km but the men had to run 4 laps over 8.6km. Andrew Kenchington finished in a time of 37:06 and was 2nd in his age category. 

Again, things were slightly spoiled at the end by the fact that the men were given a full prize
giving presentation but surprisingly there was no presentation for the women, only an announcement that if anyone thought they’d won a medal to come and collect it!!