THE north Wales series cross country has been very exciting after three very close races so far.

There was plenty of nervous anticipation for the Oswestry Olympians team wondering how they would compete on a new course at Northrop for round four.

The ladies competed strongly although the team was depleted as some runners were unable to make the start because of traffic issues on the A483.

There were category wins for Charlotte Jones and Yvonne Hill and also a terrific run from Kate Pugh in her debut race as a senior.

The men were out in force and grouped well to score good points for the club. Tom Wilde finished second in the under-20 category and Matt Collins despite running while under the weather, managed a creditable fourth in the U17.

The final race of the series is at Oswestry on Saturday, February 2 and all Oswestry Olympians are asked by team manager Margaret Morris to come along and support the event.

There are a number of Olympians still well positioned to pick up individual honours, whilst the Ladies team have a real battle to hang on to second overall and second in the master’s category. The Men's are also fighting to hold onto third place in the Male Masters category. Margaret is confident that with a full squad on home ground that the team can do really well.