Six members of Dacorum & Tring’s Middle Distance Squad and one Road Runner pulled on their orange county vests to represent Hertfordshire at the SEAA Inter Counties Championships at Horspath Fields, Oxford, on Saturday 9th December. Every race was national standard, with athletes selected to represent their counties from the top clubs across the south of England, from Cornwall to Norfolk.
Each county selected teams of eight runners in each age group, with the first four runners across the finish line to score. Runners in first to fourth place comprised the A team, with the B team composed of fifth to eighth place.
In the U17 men’s race, contested over 5000m, Kristian Imroth (pictured above, #814, in orange vest at top right) finished a solid 10th, contributing to a sixth-place finish for Herts A, while Jamie Ayres crossed the line in 63rd, helping Herts B to 18th place. In total, there were 99 runners in the U17 men’s race.
In the U15 boys’ race, over 4000m, Michael Armstrong finished in 46th place out of 111 competitors, pushing Herts B up to 14th place out of 24 county teams.
In the U13 girls race, over 3000m, Olivia Edwards had an “eventful” race to finish in a commendable 34th place and third for Hertfordshire, contributing to Herts A’s bronze medal in the team standings, while Stella Whitlum made a very solid county debut to finish 69th out of 113 girls, helping Herts B to 13th place of 23 county teams.
Sarah Grover, meanwhile, was selected to run in the combined U23 / Senior Women’s race over 6000m, finishing 53rd overall for Herts and ninth in the U23 category.
Also in the Senior Women’s race, VF40 standout Kate Rennie, a member of the D&T Road Runners, crossed the line in 23rd place overall – and first in the VF40 age group. Together, Kate and Sarah pushed the Herts senior ladies team to ninth place out of 15 teams.
Well done all on your selection!
For full results from the SEAA Inter County XC Championships, click here.
Photos courtesy of Barry Cornelius at www.oxonraces.co.uk