Ladies’ Team report

After what for many has been a long hiatus, 17th October was the first of five “Sunday League” races for this season and a return to the mud which we all secretly love. Conditions were pretty good, the earlier rain had stopped and the ground was nice and soft.
In a turn of the tables from yesterday Jessica Prior was our first lady home in 4th place overall followed a mere ten seconds or so later by Emily Jeanes. Kat Alpe was our third lady home (and also another super-tough woman who had also run yesterday – for her first claim club). Despite not intending to run my spikes somehow made it onto my feet thanks to a delayed start and I finished TP fourth lady with new member Anna Sikorska our fifth and final A team scorer.
We had a brilliant turn-out so plenty for a B team composing Melissa O’Hare, Judy Prior and Sue Cross. We had so much depth that we also had a super-strong vets team for the icing on the cake. Really strong running also by Claudia Canova, Sue Thomas, Celine Goldsmith, Rosemary Bains, Christine Hawker, Emily Kenworthy, Christine Read and Jill Atkins very admirably bringing up the rear. Sadly Foulla Green had to pull out due to her hamstring injury flaring up but she kept in good spirits cheering everyone through the finish and providing cakes at the end.
A very impressive start to this cross-country league especially considering that seven of this women’s team also ran the gruelling Met League race the previous day!
Anja Greenwood

Men’s Team Report

The following day we had the first Sunday League fixture at the usual course over in Cheshunt. Nothing like a doubleheader to kick off the XC season for this year!
Again, a small team in all compared to our usual but the 8 scorers on the day were Jim Barber, Luke Barker, Steve, David Kunzmann, Paul, Adam, Mike and Del. Huge well done to Jim who won the race on the day, and massive hats off to everyone in the team on the men’s and women’s side who ran both days.
Official results aren’t out at the time of me writing this but it looks like we finished 4th in the overall and possibly 2nd or 3rd in the Vets. A half-decent start but definitely a lot of work for us to do if we want to be picking up silverware at the end of the season.
Adam Bowman