CAMBRIDGE HARRIERS  EST. 1890

Kent XC League - Senior Women

Stanhill Farm, Wilmington
I know that I claimed that I would not start the report(again) by writing that it was a lovely sunny autumn day but really it was, so I have! The course looked magical in the autumn colours as we arrived but maybe not to those amongst the senior women who confessed that they had turned up feeling a little bit anxious due to the reputation the course has for being tough. Even better fourteen, yes FOURTEEN Cambridge women started and finished the race. Another record for recent years - finally we are developing both strength and depth in the squad. Much of this is down to Christine, Glynis and Mark for encouraging their athletes to give cross country a try and to the supportive way the team look out for each other.

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.



RESULTS

Pos

Time

Name


9.

19:57

Ella Newton


38.

22:09

Emily Gelder


44.

22:21

Christine Bond


69.

23:34

Susan Dixon


108.

26:03

Sally Carr


110.

26:08

Donna Martin


121.

27:07

Molly Hawkins


123.

27:14

Kate Mitchell


128.

27:16

Kate Mitchell


115.

27:34

Susan Edwards


128.

27:36

Susan Edwards


137.

28:31

Francis Nestor


149.

29:28

Angela Ford


153.

29:48

Maria Macdonald


155.

30:25

Anna Rowland


156.

30:43

Shelley Clark