The weather forecast for the Cannock Chase round of the Midland XC series didn't sound promising as Rob McElwee mentioned heavy showers during his TV slot on the Saturday night - we had offered to help out with marshalling the event with an earlier than normal start to our usual Sunday antics.
I'd just finished erecting our gazebo when the heavens opened - big flakes of snow turned the grass white in a matter of minutes. Luckily, it soon melted as the snow turned back to heavy rain just as we headed to out marshalling points.
The morning race ended in glorious sunshine which lasted through the youngster's lunchtime races and into the afternoon's event. The elite riders had already finished when the weather's "sting in the tail" hit – a barrage of pea sized hail bombarded the tail-enders and spectators alike.
The event of a resounding success with 19 different classes racing in two main races covering between 2 and 6 laps of the 5km course – lets hope it puts the Chase on the map for grass roots cross country racing.
Thanks to all riders that waited at the race crossing points when asked - at least you got a breather before continuing your ride.