Dacorum & Tring AC’s Middle Distance squad put in some superb individual and team performances at the Herts County Cross Country Championships at Watford over the weekend, bringing home three individual and four team medals as well as posting numerous top-10 finishes.
Head coach Mike Dunphy commented that he was very proud of all 26 young athletes who took part, noting that in every race in which the squad fielded a complete team of three runners “we finished among the medals”.
The three individual medals came from Olivia Edwards (bronze in U13 girls over 3000m), Kristian Imroth (silver in U17 men over 6000m) and Rhys Rowlands (bronze in U20 men over 8000m).
Olivia led a strong U13 girls team to third place in the county team standings, with Stella Whitlum finishing sixth, Amy Lane 17th and Summa Jo Bradley 22nd.
Kristian was ably backed up by Jamie Ayres (fifth) and Angus Saunders (eighth) to win team silver.
The U15 boys (pictured above at the start line) showed strength in numbers, with nine squad members toeing the line for the 4500m race. Michael Armstrong and Freddie Truman-Williams finished fourth and fifth respectively, just over half a minute behind the leader, while Jack Raine was 12th, Thomas Durrant 14th, Thomas Ashton 17th, Sam Burnell 19th, Jamie Bailey 20th, Thomas O’Reilly 25th and Ryan Ginn 30th.
The U15 boys Dacorum A team (Michael, Freddie and Jack) were third in the team standings, with Dacorum B (Thomas D, Thomas A and Sam) just behind in fourth and Dacorum C (Jamie, Thomas O and Ryan) finished sixth.
The U15 girls also came away with bronze medals in the team standings: in their race, contested over 4500m, Lily Boden finished ninth, with Amy Cassidy just behind in 10th while Olivia Hill finished 17th and Jessica Hill 19th.
Our youngest members gained valuable experience and impressed with their results: in the U11 boys race over 1500m, George Doyle crossed the line in 11th place, just 32 seconds behind the winner, while Evie Light finished eighth in the U11 girls, just 31 seconds off top spot, and Milla Walsh was 10th, just five seconds further back.
In the U13 boys race over 3000m, Archie Keith was 22nd and Rafael Armstrong finished 26th.
Assistant coach Jonathan Edwards noted that “the standout runs were Kristian, Rhys and Olivia but there were some other great performances: Stella (U13 girls) and Lily Boden and Amy Cassidy (U15 girls). Amy had not been able to train all week because of a nasty bug that has been doing the rounds. She was brave to run and ran remarkably well in the circumstances.”
“Michael Armstrong and Freddie Truman-Williams ran very strongly and were unlucky to just miss out on the individual medals….the dreaded fourth and fifth place. Freddie’s performance was a standout because he has been hampered by injury for many weeks. Jack Raine, the third scoring member of the U15 boys team, had his best race of the season. Jaime Ayres and Angus Saunders (U17 men) ran strongly in support of Kristian and the three just missed out on the team gold by 1 point.”
Next up for the squad is the upcoming rounds of the Chiltern League and North West London Young Athletes League, as well as the Herts Schools Championships in early February and the National Inter Counties in March.