Peco Race 4 Middleton Park 21 January 2018

On a snowy January Sunday morning I made my way to Middleton Park for the 4th race in the PECO XC series with fellow NLFRs Matt John and Ian Furlong.  With the club not being part of this series, Matt was running as a guest in his first race in over year after his hip op, whilst Ian and I were running for our second claim clubs, Roundhay and Abbey.

The PECO series is incredibly popular and over 700 senior runners set off in the staggered men’s and women’s races. The course was fast, undulating and very muddy. Great speed work for the fells.

Matt was ninth overall, having stated beforehand that he would be taking it steady….With three weeks more training until race 5, he will be pushing for a win. Ian was happy with 54th and is getting stronger with each run. I was delighted to get 74th after so much time out over the past year with injury.

Roll on the Northerns at Harewood House this Saturday (27th January) with NLFRs Phil, Richard and myself running a 12k course and pretending that we should be in the same race as some of the best runners in North England.

–Dominic Nurse

Matt with Abbeys Jim Whitaker, John Ward and James Franklin