Written by DR
TMs report from The Vineyard.
SURREY LADIES CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE
Full results from Saturday can be viewed at http://www.dmvac.org.uk/.
The second race of the 2010/11 season was held at Denbies Vineyard,near Dorking. The weather, dry and fairly mild, was in stark contrast to last year's race where we had sleet & icy cold winds. Mostly it was dry with sticky mud patches with the final downhill bit being wet because of the long grass.
There was a shortage of definite positive replies in the hours before the race and so it was with some apprehension I made my way there.
By the time the 5min call to the line was given, we had 5 athletes, enough for a team and I could breathe a sigh of relief and realise that actually I hadn’t done enough of a warm up nor got myself mentally prepared.
Molly R had a great run finishing in 10th place in division 2 in a time of 25.06 (59th overall). Liz followed, trying to be careful that she did not injure herself in the same way as a year ago, managing 41st place in 27.52 (133rd) and running about 2mins faster than the year before. The triathlon training seems to be helping a lot! Next was myself in 43rd in 28.25 (142nd) and 43 seconds slower than last year. Susanne was also faster than last year finishing in 56th place in 29.21 (168th) and Nicky M to conclude our team in a fine 80th place in 30.54 (222nd)
Our team score of 230pts surprised me and gave me something to smile about late Saturday evening as it meant that although we finished 8th on the day we are still 6th overall in division 2. I don’t expect us to move back up to division 1 just yet. I think the way we are racing is just right for most of us.
However, we could do with larger numbers of cross country athletes to ensure we have a team even though half cannot make a particular day. A speedy recovery for those who are injured and also a return from maternity leave when ready.
No athletes in this age group ran at Denbies, although Gaby Miles was trying to get there.
Just 2 athletes ran as Jenny Miles was in the same situation as Gaby. Both girls ran well with Layla Thompson finishing 11th in 16.47 and sister Mae in 17th in 17.55. There were 37 runners in the U15/U17 joint race and they are still U15s… no pressure!
Mollie O'Sullivan was our only athlete in this race although she is still an U11. Mollie finished in 18th place (15.34) of 31 athletes and wants to run next time too. Any other U11s are also welcome to run with U13s. Well done Mollie!
Dates for you diary
· 15th January over in Ham. More details nearer the time when I get them
· The last Surrey Ladies cross country league race 12th Feb.
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