Crick Run splashes down

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The 175th Crick Run, March 17th 2013

What a fantastic day! Despite the morning’s heavy snow showers, the weather just cleared in time for the race start at 2pm.

There were 170 runners (precisely the same number of finishers as in the 150th Crick in 1988!) of which 88 were students. If any of them were hoping to keep their feet dry, they were out of luck right from the beginning, having to plough through a large puddle only metres beyond the start line.

They then continued over muddy fields for the first two miles before winding their way through the village of Crick. At this point Ben Sutherland was already well ahead and looking strong. He continued to stretch his lead out all the way to the finish, smashing the record by over three minutes in a winning time of 64 minutes 12 seconds. Second place, Charlie Bruce came in seven minutes later, shortly followed by Harrison Anton. Last year’s winner, Pete Style finished fourth.

Last year’s runner up, Charli Sweet, was the first girl to finish in 80 minutes 3 seconds with a terrific lead of over eleven minutes ahead of the runner up, Caroline Cieslewicz. Caroline was closely followed in by third place Emma Matthews who had an excellent run.

There was a number of Rugby School staff also running the course with Dr Bendall leading the way to finish in 74 minutes.

In comparison with 2012 the times for The 175th Crick this year would suggest that the conditions on Sunday were particularly challenging.

There was a carnival atmosphere on The Close to welcome the mud-splattered runners home which also included many parents and ORs. Spirits were high for this special anniversary year of Britain’s oldest cross country race. The crowds eagerly looked on as each runner approached the finish, their times clear to see on a race clock and recorded with chip-timing.