Good start to cross country season for D&T Road Runners

Report by Rob Deane, Road Runners Chair and Coaching Coordinator

Dacorum & Tring made the now familiar trip up the M40 to Oxford to compete in the first Chiltern League Cross Country match of the season. The unseasonably warm weather was more associated for the cricket season than the usual freezing conditions normally encountered at Cross Country matches. But the dry weather recently meant that the Shotover Hill course provided a fast, mud free surface for our runners to enjoy.

The senior team combined with the juniors to produce an excellent eighth place in the Division One match which was a two-place improvement on the same event last year and bodes well for the rest of the season as traditionally D&T get stronger as the season progresses. 

The Senior ladies team confirmed their high standing in the division with an excellent third place, just four points behind second placed Milton Keynes. Kate Rennie, recently selected to represent England Masters at Cross Country, led the team home. Despite falling out on the course, she recovered to finish a fine seventh place, hotly pursued by Sarah Grover in an excellent ninth.

They were backed up by strong runs from Ania Gabb (16th), Katy Warren (20th), Kelly Du Buisson (39th), Emma Bisgrove a promising debut 53rd, Sam Sullivan (61st), Sophie Turner another good debut in 63rd and Erica Klein making a welcome return to XC after injury in 92nd. 

The men’s team worked hard to secure 13th place in the division, again with the promise of more to come in the months to come. Although still a junior, Rhys Rowlands was the pick of the bunch finishing in an excellent 38th. Mike Carpenter (65th), Matt Hamilton (73rd) and Neil Adcock on debut (97th) all secured top 100 finishes. They were supported by good runs from Chris Marriott (113rd), Danny Wells (187th), Martin Kerr (191st), Michael lamb (198th),Rob Davies (206th), John Slack (214th), Malcolm Sargeant (220th)and Alan Grover (221st). 

Special mention to those who placed highly in their age category: Kate was of course first in the VF45 age group, and second female vet overall, while Rhys was seventh in the highly-competitive U20 men’s age group. Phil had a superb run to finish as fourth VM60, while John and Malcolm took honours as second and third in the VM70 category.

Very well done to all those who took part. Your excellent running in the senior ranks combined with some fine performances by our juniors contributed to the excellent match placing and leave the club well placed to push on to greater success in the matches to come. 

The next fixture is on Saturday 10th November is at Milton Keynes (Teardrop Lakes) which includes the UKA Cross Challenge. One of the benefits of global warming is that we’re promised 20 degrees temperatures (Celsius not Fahrenheit) and no mud. It would be shame to miss out on all the fun so please save the date and lets see a great turnout for the next match. And the one after that. And the one after that……

Thanks to Barry Cornelius for the photo gallery, below: 

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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.