Written by DR
Here's Debbie's assessment.
Surrey Ladies League Match 4 Division 1 28th February 2009
For the ladies, like the men it was make or break etc. We all knew what we had to do and who to get in front of. Or so we thought!
In an unusually dry Lloyd Park we had 8 athletes for the first race. Team spirit was high and we were all there in time to set off. The course as already mentioned was predominantly dry and there was only one real patch of cold watery sludge.
First home was a self-confessed under par Rachel in 18th (24.00). Not many seconds after was Jenny in 29th (24.47) and Maddy in 30th (24.48). Three minutes later, I appeared round the bend in 78th (27.48) followed very closely by Susanne in 79th (27.57) to close our team in with 234pts. A tired Nicky A finished in 86th (28.18), while Jessica Maranzano debuted for the club coming off maternity leave to finish a good 89th (28.36) while Johanna finished strongly in 94th (29.06) out of 136 athletes in division 1.
The junior races were as sparse as ever. Molly Renfer (u17) finished a fantastic 1st of 9 athletes (having already tried out for the mini-marathon in the morning) and looks to have won the gold medal with a best of 3 score of 5. Gaby Miles (u15) was 8th of 21 while sister Jenny was a creditable 11th of 31 in the u13s, the first time she has run in the Surrey Ladies League. Maddy looks to also have won gold in the u20 competition as she has a best of 3 scores of 5points. All to be confirmed though.
With 234 points in the senior race we thought we may have just done enough to stay in division 1 but we hadn't reckoned on the other clubs having mixed results. The two teams that were our closest rivals did well. Thames Hare & Hounds stormed off taking 1st and 2nd places so finished 2nd on the day and 10th overall and Dulwich runners finished 6th on the day and 11th overall. This left us finishing 11th on the day but 13th overall trailing by 2pts to Dorking & Mole Valley.
With 3 teams to move up/down,we join SOC and Sutton Runners in relegation, while Clapham Chasers, Full on Tri and Runneymede Runners are promoted to dvision 1. There is disappointment but I think greater is the determination that next year we will rise to the challenge once more and move back up where we belong.
Thanks to all the above who raced on Saturday last and also to Francesca Currie, Natalie Sacre, Jo Billings,Charlotte Sklenar, Avelline Deighton, and Mae & Layla Thompson who have all competed at least once this season and to Nicky Murphy and Liz Richardson both unable to compete this year but would have loved to have done. I think we had a great season considering the 3 pregnancies and other commitments and injuries as well as the snow-postponement! To those injured I hope you get mended quick and are able to do some summer training to be back on the cross country field in October. Thanks too to those family and friends who have supported and cheered us on throughout the season and to all, enjoy the summer break and warm weather…..
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