Written by Gordon Lester
Surrey Ladies Cross Country Match 4 & Club Championships Report
The final league match of the season was held in Richmond Park. Though hosted by Ranelagh Harriers, it could almost be considered a ‘home’ match for our team, so good turnout was hoped for. Although not quite a full team (due to illness and holidays) it was pleasing to see 8 athletes on the start line for the senior race and to contest the club championships, incorporated by the final league match.
A shade over 5 miles, the course was the longest in the league this season - though it was more gently undulating than previous courses, which encouraged some fast times. Always a boost for the team to be joined by Phoebe Law on the start line, she didn’t disappoint with a fine race. Phoebe completed the course in 29:54 to finish 2nd overall in the race and scoop another Division 2 victory, also taking the U20 club championship title with style. Well done Phoebe!
Following Phoebe, the next two athletes home were in a close battle for the Veterans club title. Liz Richardson finishing with a time of 38:22 for 50th place in Division 2, was just head of Nicky Atkins (53rd in 38:54) on this occasion. Nicki Murphy with a time of 42:20 for 88th place was next to complete the course, with Rosaline Darby also finishing well to complete the scoring team in 110thplace (44:05).
Jo Aherne unfortunately suffered some discomfort during the race, but bravely finished in 129th place (45:41) managing to secure the Senior club title for her effort. Our team finish was completed by Susannah Darby finishing in 137th place (46:30) and Caroline Jeffcote in 171st place (52:17), in another large field of 176 Division 2 athletes.
Despite being one of the smaller clubs in the league, the ladies ‘A’ team finished in an excellent 7th place (of 23 teams), only 6 points behind 6th place. With a full strength team at every match (and perhaps a little more luck on our side!) a challenge for promotion to Division 1 could be possible next season, which would be great to see. Thank you to all the athletes that have competed in the league this season and also those that have supported the team.
A very low turnout for the Junior races meant we only had two runners out. In the U17 race, Rebecca Keddie finished in 20:26 for 8th place over the 4.8km course to take the U17 club title. But special mention must go to our U13, Esme Cerilli, who managed a solid run in her race; 17:32 for 3.3km earning her 43rd place, after having already completed a parkrun for her Mini-Marathon qualification a couple of hours earlier. Well done, Esme!
K&P Cross Country Club Champions 2016
U17 - Rebecca Keddie
U20 - Phoebe Law
Senior – Jo Aherne
Veteran – Liz Richardson
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