Dacorum & Tring’s Middle Distance Squad capped the 2017-18 Chiltern League Cross-Country League season with a host of fine results, and a superb series win for Kristian Imroth in the U17 men’s category, where he won three of the five races outright and was second in the other two – on both occasion to an athlete a full year older.
The series final, held at Milton Keynes’ Campbell Park, a challenging course with short, steep hills and plenty of mud, was a serious test for the young squad, several of whom had run in their respective county championships in the previous week, with many also sharpening their fitness for next month’s English Schools national championships.
Once again, Kristian (pictured above) produced the club’s top junior result on the day, with his phenomenal second-place finish, which all the more remarkable in that he had run three races in eight days and was suffering from a cold, and he was awarded the trophy for finishing first in the series* in the U17’s men category – in what was his first season in the two-year age group. Also running strongly in the U17 men’s team were George Dowding, who finished 25th, and Angus Saunders in 27th. Together the boys combined for a sixth place finish on the day, and sixth overall in the series.
The U15 boys also came away with good results, including well-deserved bronze medals for their third-place finish in the final league standings over five races. Michael Armstrong was seventh in the division, and Thomas Durrant, in his first year in the U15 boys, also had his best finish, clocking in at 13th across the line for a brilliant eighth-place finish in the series, while Jack Raine finished strongly in 19th position.
Tim Fryer crossed the line in 18th position in the U13 boys race, his best result by some way, and he was followed closely by Rafael Armstrong in 25th position. Overall, the boys finished eighth in the team standings, both on the day and over the five-leg series.
On the girls’ side, Jessica Hill led home the U15 girls, finishing in 23rd place in a very competitive field. Olivia Hill was next, in 27th while Jessica Hoar rounded out the team with her 34th place finish. Both Jessicas posted their top finishes of the season and the U15 girls secured sixth spot in the series ranking.
In the U13 girls race, Stella Whitlum finished 14th, just seconds off a top-10 finish in a strong field, while Amy Lane, in her first year as a U13, finished 23rd. As a team, the U13 girls ended the series ranked sixth out of 14 clubs.
Rhys Rowlands, a senior member of the Middle Distance squad, finished 37th in the senior men’s race and fifth in the U20 men’s category, run over the same distance – his best finish of the season. Rhys was consistently among the top three finishers for the club in the senior men’s race, contributing valuable points to the club total, and he secured fifth spot overall for the series in the U20 men’s age group over five races.
Head coach Mike Dunphy and assistant coach Jonathan Edwards extend their thanks to the athletes who competed over the Chiltern League season, and to their families for supporting them. Thanks to all the following runners who contributed to the club’s points total throughout the season but who were unable to take part in the series final. These athletes are:
U20 women: Scarlett Wager-Leigh, Grace Birdseye; U17 men: Jamie Ayres; U17 women: Alex Bousfield; U15 boys: Freddie Truman-Williams, Sam Burnell, Thomas Ashton, Jamie Bailey, Tom O’Reilly, Patrick Scahill, Ryan Ginn; U15 girls: Amy Cassidy, Lily Boden, Jessica Benveniste, Izzy Painter; U13 boys: Jude McKay, Niall Cassidy, Euan Rigarlsford, Oliver Painter; U13 girls: Olivia Edwards, Summa-Jo Bradley; U11 girls: Evie Light, Milla Walsh.
*To earn a series ranking, athletes had to compete in four of the five races.
To read about the results of our Senior and Vet athletes in the 2017-18 Chiltern League, click here.
(Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius, who is only authorised to take pictures of athletes in the senior, vets and U17 categories – hence no photos of our U15 or U13 athletes).