In comparison to the wild, wet and windy conditions at Kettering, this Saturday at Heanor we were blessed with quite reasonable weather (just as well because we’ve still not got any decent pegs for the tent). This course is probably the hilliest of the league, not helped by being rather squelchy. The women's team turned out a very creditable 11 (although the boys beat them with 13 Athletes) Special mentions to newcomer Adam and congratulations to Stephen Headley for a creditable 12th place despite a fast start leading the field at the first bend! A couple of noticeable duels. The Durham girls (Amy and Abie). The ex-captain chasing the current captain (Alex and James F). A strong finish up the hill allowed James to place top 100, but they’d both better watch out for Callum who was within spitting distance. It will be good to see the competition develop between Andrew, Toby and Aric at the next race as they were only 40 secs apart, with James Gibbons close on their heels, followed up with a spectacular mud dive! It was good to see Peter and Will gradually improving and ex-ex-captain Steve Ellis back for his first race of the year. The ladies team was led home by Frances closely followed by a poorly Aiste (plucky run to keep going). Laura (nearly dumped in the mud by the ever loving Alex) completed the counters for the team. Applause to the rest of the ladies team Rachel, Holly, Harriet (back from injury), Celia, Anna and Tabby.