Ross bogged down in Vancouver
From the bumped-but-not-forgotten files, an update on Errington runner Melissa Ross.
In the mix on the trails around Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver Nov. 26 for the 2011 Canadian Cross Country Championships, Ross competed in the Senior Women (20+) division, and completed the seven-kilometer course in 27:39 for 21st out of the field of 46.
“It was disappointing,” she shrugged matter-of-factly from beside her landscaping truck this week. “Obviously I was hoping for a better result, but given the conditions ...”
“There were several races before mine which made the course very sloppy and slippery, not to mention the great deal of rain we had leading up to the race,” she said later, adding, “I felt like I was very fit and ready for a great race, but the conditions got the best of me. I have never experienced conditions anywhere near what they were for my race, so I am happy for the learning experience, and I hope to have a better race next year.”
This year’s national championships featured 524 runners in seven divisions, ranging in age from Juniors to Masters (15 all the way up to 82), and there was representation from all 10 provinces and the Yukon. The Senior Women ran one 1 km loop then three 2 km loops.
The nationals will be held at Jericho Beach again next year. Ross finished 15th overall in a tough field in her Team BC debut at the Nationals last year which were held in Guelph, Ontario.