Paxton was the icy one, Berwick the sandy one - Norham was definitely the muddy one.....
The heavy rain and stormy weather of the latter part of the week had prepared the course nicely for some good old fashioned XC mud plugging. The organisers pre-race stories of 'chest deep water in the burn' on Saturday were laughed off, but when 'nine crossings of the burn' on the course were mentioned on the start line, it was too late to go back and get the water wings.
Mike Reid (26:11) made it two in a row with a narrow win over Costorphine's Keith Hood to lead the mens series after three races - so all to play for at the new Dunbar course at the end of the month, with both runners still capable of taking the series.
Elsewhere on the course, Russell (29:57) had a good tussle with Carnethy's Andy Spencely in the V50 category , having to settle for 2nd in this category.
Close behind, Kenny (30:04) started strongly, but eight (?) dookings in the burn (it was only 'waist deep' and at least one crossing was on a bridge) took it toll in the middle section of the race, before a good race down the closing stretch to claw back the odd place.
Scout (31:48) was back in BXC action, working her way back to form and running well enough for second female. Dad Clive (32:00) ran strongly too for another Moorfoot team counter.
Mike Pearson (57:16) followed up his Berwick appearance - going slightly off course later on when the runner in front rejoined the junior course (some people just can't get enough mud action !)
Special mention for Moorfoot mum Lucy Husband running in her first BXC, completing the course in 43:51 and third place in her category. Something of a baptism of fire (or mud even), but at least Dunbar will seem easy in comparison....
Well done to Les Turnbull and the Norham RC team for another great BXC race - my favourite of this year's series so far.
Full Norham BXC results here...
Final race of the series is Dunbar on 27-Feb - new course - more details here..