D&T club records tumble in the Waddesdon sunshine

By Rob Deane

The Dacorum & Tring Road Runners won a host of medals at the Waddesdon 5km event, one of the highlights of the club’s race calendar.

The Road Runners made their annual pilgrimage to the picturesque Waddesdon Manor venue for the 5km road race last Wednesday, which was bathed in sunshine. Hosted by the Vale of Aylesbury AC, the event also doubled up as the club championships 5km run.

Pictured above, from left: John Slack, winner of the VM70 race and new VM70 club record holder; Claire Hallissey, winner of the VF35 race; Celia Findlay, winner of the VF55 race; Hannah Bennett, third senior woman; Indira Patel, winner of the U17 women’s race, new course and club record holder. 

A total of 50 members toed the start line on this challenging course, set in the grounds of the Rothschild estate. The uphill first half to the house and downhill return to the finish promised some fast and furious racing and this year’s event didn’t disappoint.

Pride of place went to Kate Rennie who, while still finding her way back from a long-term injury, was able to run a well-judged race to finish second overall behind the race winner, Pippa Woolhoven, of Wycombe, who set a new course record.

Kate combined with Indira Patel, 16 (fourth and the winner of the U20 women’s category), Hannah Bennett (eighth and third senior woman) and Claire Hallissey (ninth and VF35 age category winner) to retain the ladies’ team prize. The men’s team were led home by Phil Oddy, making his debut at the event, who finished in a fine eighth place overall.

Indira also set a new course record for her time for the U20 women’s category, and Kate was only two seconds off beating her own course record, set last year, for the VF35-45 age group. D&T has certainly made its mark on this race over the years.

The men’s team also did well, finishing as runners-up in the team stakes.

D&T club records tumbled with Indira setting a new U17 woomen’s record of 19.39, Claire a new VF35 best (20.10), Mandy Jackson a new VF60 record (29.14) and John Slack a new VM70 best (25.54). Slack also took the VM70 race win as did Celia Findlay in the V55 category.

Findlay put this speedwork to good use at the weekend when she took part in the British Masters half-marathon championship in Caterham, Surrey. Despite soaring temperatures, she ran a strong race on an undulating course to win a silver medal in the British championship V55 category, only a minute behind the winner. The race doubled as the Southern Counties Vets AC (SCVAC) half marathon championships, and for these, Celia won the gold medal.

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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.