There was some very tight racing at Xterra UK in Cranleigh, Surrey last weekend, with South Africa’s four-time Xterra world champ Conrad ‘The Caveman’ Stoltz battling for the final Xterra title of his long career.
Women’s podium, left-right: Renata Bucher (SUI), Lesley Paterson (GBR), Jacqui Slack (GBR)
“I had an amazing swim, came out with Ruben,” said Slack. “I’ve been working so hard and I felt like it paid off today. I spent so much time training, working on corners, and was really confident, and I like the mud, and the longer the girls didn’t catch me the more I was motivated.
Switzerland’s Renata Bucher caught Slack with about 4km to go on the bike, and led into T2. Eventual winner Lesley Paterson (GBR) caught both early on in the run, and kept pushing to finish over 1min ahead of Bucher, with Slack taking bronze.
“I was pretty down on myself after the first lap because I couldn’t stay upright, but I talked myself into staying positive,” said Paterson afterwards. “I got to the run though and I’m comfortable with that. Ironically, I’m Scottish and it was like I’ve never been in the mud before. I live out in San Diego where it’s sandy and rocky and the mud out there, today was just something else.”
Among the age-groupers, Geert Lauryssen (BEL) and Louise Hanley (GBR) captured the overall amateur championship titles, with British names peppering this year’s list of age-group Xterra European Champions:
Ages 15-19: Molly Campbell, 04:00:01
Ages 15-19: Harry Leleu, 03:01:01
Ages 25-29: Sam Begg, 02:53:44
Ages 25-29: Samantha Aplin, 03:37:28
Ages 30-34: Ruth Owen-Evans, 03:44:50
Ages 45-49: Louise Hanley, 03:29:33
Ages 50-54: Rob Moore, 03:13:43
Ages 55-59: Simon Osborne, 03:19:18
Ages 65-69: Ray Haines, 04:34:46
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