Men’s Team Report

On Thursday we had the second instalment of the Midweek League series, but headed over to Royston with a semi-depleted team due to ongoing injuries and mixed availability in comparison with the first race at St Albans.

Our 12 scorers on the day were Dougal, Carl, Scott, Jim, Adam Walker, Ed Fenning, Steve Moss, Tarkan Husseyin, Will Douglas, Mick O’Sullivan, Jon Willis and Andy Roper

With 5 of our scorers from the first fixture missing on top of various injuries, it was always going to be a tall order so with a bit of damage limitation we finished 5th on the day in the Senior Men’s and 3rd in the Vets. Luckily we were bailed out a bit by the women romping to victory in both the Senior and Vets side of things, to leave us still in the hunt, just about.

In the overall standings after 2 races we are 3rd in the Senior and Vets, as well as being 3rd in the overall Seniors combined with the women, and 1st in the Vets combined.

Women’s Team Report

Having made a great start to the midweek campaign the Ladies Team were determined to show that we are key contenders for the league title. Undeterred by the weather or the distance to the race, the team arrived ready to do battle. 

Whilst the rain held off during the race, the temperature at the start line made it seem closer to a Jan XC than a June 10km. After a busy and very tight first km the field spaced out and we were treated to a fast if somewhat ‘undulating’ 10km. The course obviously suited our runners as we had 5 ladies in the top ten and 4 under 40 mins. A fantastic 2nd place for Emily J, followed by Jen in 4th place on her first midweek race for the team and Alex (5th). However it wasn’t just at the front of the race that TP showed our strength with most of our runners making an improvement on times compared to St Albans – most impressive being Kellie Cuthill who was over 5 minutes quicker! Most importantly we topped the table in both the Senior and Vets team and are in first place overall. 

Now we are ahead of St Albans we need to make sure we have as many ladies as possible at Orion to keep us at the top of the table!!

Special thanks this week to Scott for carrying on past the finish line to collect Jen’s number and pass it to her as she came into the finish!

Results are below and the photo can be found here.