Another win for Kristian as Middle Distance squad take on Luton XC

Report by Jonathan Edwards, team manager

The third leg of the Chiltern League series took place on a chilly Saturday 2nd December at Stopsley Park, Luton. The course, a long flat track, was deceivingly more testing than would be expected at first glance. What makes this event more intriguing is that it doubles up as the Club Championship race across the various age groups.

Performances of the day: Kristian Imroth (pictured, above – photo credit: Barry Cornelius) is always worth the “entrance fee”, running strongly to win the U17 men’s race. He is looking in good shape as we head towards the business end of the XC season in the New Year.

 – In the U17/Junior Women’s event, Scarlett Wager-Leigh put in a determined performance to finish an excellent seventh. She has a great attitude and is someone to whom younger members of the squad look up to.

 – Stella Whitlum had her best-ever run at a Chiltern League event, finishing 11th in the U13 girls race. She is running with so much more confidence and determination, and if she maintains her form she is likely to come in for County consideration.

 – Rhys Rowlands finished a superb sixth in the U20 men’s race, which is run together with the senior men. In a field of 221 Division 1 senior, vet and U20 competitors, Rhys crossed the line in 54th overall, with coach Mike Dunphy commenting on how strong he looked coming round at the end of the first lap.

Special mentions: Evie Light and Milla Walsh in the U11 girls race. Both improve with each race and are showing great potential, and their top-20 places (out of 70 competitors) are particularly impressive, as U11s are not split into separate divisions. Euan Rigarlsford ran strongly in the U13 boys as did Amy Cassidy and Lily Boden in the U15 girls. Lily is a different runner to this time last year, showing much greater commitment both in training (most of the time!) and in competition. She is proving that commitment = better race results. The U15 boys group of Thomas Durrant, Jack Raine and Thomas Ashton all performed well and should be pleased with their placings.

Finally a mention for Ryan Ginn who worked very hard on his XC season opener. We look forward to seeing Ryan at more events as the season continues.

Editor’s note: Parents – please feel free to take photos of your children in these races and send high-resolution copies to Jonathan! At the moment, we have to rely on official race photographers, many of whom are not permitted to take photos of the U15 or younger age groups.

 Results – Chiltern League 2017-18: Luton (Race 3)
 Category Name Place (Div 1) Club champs
 U11 girls Evie Light 13th* Gold
 U11 girls Milla Walsh 18th* Silver
 U13 girls Stella Whitlum 11th Gold
 U13 girls Amy Lane 27th Silver
 U13 girls Summa Jo Bradley 28th Bronze
 U15 girls Amy Cassidy 19th Gold
 U15 girls Lily Boden 24th Silver
 U15 girls Jessica Hill 30th Bronze
 U17 women Scarlett Wager-Leigh 7th Gold
 U17 women Alex Bousfield 29th Silver
 U13 boys Euan Rigarlsford 22nd Gold
 U13 boys Tim Fryer 26th Silver
 U15 boys Thomas Durrant 15th Gold
 U15 boys Jack Raine 19th Silver
 U15 boys Thomas Ashton 20th Bronze
 U15 boys Ryan Ginn 39th 4th
 U17 men Kristian Imroth 1st Gold
 U17 men Jamie Ayres 10th Silver
 U17 men Angus Saunders 28th Bronze
U20 men Rhys Rowlands 6th Gold

*U11 runners are scored as a combined “mob match” race, Divisions 1 and 2 together.

Scarlett looking strong as she heads for a top-10 finish (Credit: Barry Cornelius)

Rhys leading a pack of senior men (Photo credit: Gary Mitchell)

Thomas Durrant in the U15 boys race, with Jack Raine close behind (Photo credit: Gary Mitchell) 

Amy Cassidy in fine form in the U15 girls race (Photo credit: Gary Mitchell)

Stella Whitlum showing fine form in the U13 girls (Photo credit: Gary Mitchell)

Stella impressed with her best-ever Chiltern League finish (Photo credit: Gary Mitchell)

Amy Lane and Summa Jo Bradley in the U13 girls race (Photo credit: Gary Mitchell)

Amy breaks free in the U13 girls race (Photo credit: Gary Mitchell)

Evie Light is going from strength to strength in the U11 girls category (Photo credit: Gary Mitchell)

Fine running from Milla Walsh in the U11 girls (Photo credit: Gary Mitchell)

Ryan Ginn looks strong in his first XC race for D&T (Photo credit: Gary Mitchell)

Angus Saunders in the U17 men’s race (Photo credit: Gary Mitchell)

Euan Rigarlsford led the U13 boys team home (Photo credit: Gary Mitchell)

Jack Raine and Thomas Ashton duke it out in the U15 boys race (Photo credit: Gary Mitchell)

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About Catherine Davies

Catherine has been an active member of Dacorum & Tring AC Road Runners since 2007, and her three children have all passed through Mike Dunphy's Middle Distance squad.