The stand out performances came from Ella Newton running for the first time with the club as a senior woman and Chris Bond. Ella(U20) started off very strongly not far behind the leaders but faded slightly towards the end still managing an excellent ninth place. Chris Bond also had a great race and is finally getting back to past cross country form after many years of injury etc. She put this down to all the cycling giving her strong thighs to get up the long hills. Mind you, she has threatened her training group with a bit of early hill training before next years Somerhill because as she says the clue is in the name. Others said that whilst they had been worried at the start they couldn’t wait to try the course again next year as they had really enjoyed themselves. A couple of the girls who always do the parkrun as a warm up claimed that they would maybe give it a miss so that they could turn in a really good performance next time but I’ll believe that one when I see it! Rose one of the chief offenders in this regard was busy in the Himalayas running a mere 100 miles- she has promised a report but *spoiler alert*- she was 4th woman. Shelley Clark who has been a team regular in the last year said that her lesson for the day was that she really should not get sucked in to running off too fast as lactic acid kicks in too soon and the race is therefore ruined. Someone else who shall remain nameless will pay more attention to the one way system in the car park- just saying! I really enjoyed the real coffee wagon and the fabulous home made cakes on sale in the Tonbridge tent…So a good day for all!
The team is now 8th in the three to score competition and 8th in the the six to score. A bit down on last year.