D&T continues its winning ways at third leg of NWLL cross country league

Dacorum & Tring’s middle distance runners continued their dominating ways at the third leg of the 2018-19 North West London League cross country series at Trent Park. The 31 runners out at the end did their club proud, bringing home two wins, a second and a third place in the team category, and two outright wins, in the U15 boys and the U17 women. What’s more, the U15 boys swept the top three spots, and filled six of the top 12 spots.

(Photo, above: How many D&T U15 boys can you spot in this photo? Sam (14), Joseph (15) and Jack (behind 193) finished 1-2-3 in the race).

Pride of place once again went to the U15 boys, with this year’s revelation, Sam Burnell, finishing first over the 4200m course, his second win in a row in the series. Sam crossed the line in 15.24, and hot on his heels was 1500m runner and club record holder Joseph Chamberlain, who was second in 15.41, with Jack Raine third in 15.44. Less than a minute back was Thomas Durrant, ninth in 16.23, followed by Jamie Bailey (10th / 16.25) and Thomas Ashton (11th / 16.28). Tom Gaunce was next (23rd in 17.23), with Jamie Lilley (31st in 18.01) and Euan Rigarlsford (37th in 18.24) completing the roster. The D&T ‘A’ team were first overall in the team standings, while the ‘B’ team was third.

From left: Joseph (2nd), Sam (1st) and Jack (3rd) dominated the U15 boys race with a 1-2-3 finish.

Equally impressive were the performances of the U17 women, with Indira Patel also taking her second win in the series. Indira blitzed the 4200m course in 17.15, and backed by Amy Cassidy, fifth in 18.56, and Jessica Hoar, ninth in 20.32, the team grabbed first place overall.

The U13 girls team is growing in strength, and they scored their second-place team finish in a row, with Brooke Evans earning a well-deserved win  – her first of the season – over the 2450m course in a time of 11.02, six seconds clear of the second-placed runner. Isabelle Jelfs was 13th in 11.45, with Milla Walsh 17th in 12.03. Next up were Indie Frost (18th / 12.08), Amy Lane (20th / 12.09) and  Poppy Webster (39th / 13.12). The girls showed their depth with a superb fifth place for the B team out of 14 teams.

Nervous faces at the start of the U13 girls race

The U15 girls and the U13 boys both achieved respectable seventh places in the team standings. The girls, running over 3000m, were represented by Katie Mitchell, who was 12th out of 27 runners in 14.45, with Lauren Collis right behind, finishing 13th in 14.56. The U13 boys were led home by Tim Fryer, who repeated his strong sixth place finish from the previous race, finishing the 3000m race in 12.41. He was ably backed up  by Joseph Hamilton (23rd in 13.56) and Rory Bartlett Tisdall (29th in 14.35), who improved his result by six places.

From left: U13 boys Rory, Tim and Joseph staying warm before the start of their race

Only two U17 boys were able to compete on the day, but they still managed a respectable sixth place in the team standings. George Dowding crossed the line in sixth place, in 22.59, his best finish of the cross country season, while Patrick Scahill was 19th in 27.07.

Our youngest athletes showed tremendous promise with their enthusiasm and grit at Trent Park. The U11 girls finished seventh in the team table, with Alexia Bede achieving 13th place over the 1400m course in a time of 8.13. Not far behind was Effie Walsh, 24th in 8.51, followed by Saffron Harding, who was 37th in 10.24. Isaac North was our only U11 boy in the race, but he impressed with his 14th place finish, completing the 2450m course in 11.52.

Effie showing good form in the U11 girls race

The next cross country league race is the third leg of the Resultsbase Chiltern League series, this Saturday December 1st at Stopsley Park in Luton.

Thanks to Andrea Bartlett, Steve Chamberlain and Shelley Walsh for the photos!

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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.