The sun came out just in time for the women’s race of the 2nd Harrier League fixture of the season. It was good to have the prospect of a new and unknown course ahead of us. I hadn’t done a recce before the race, partly following the old adage “ignorance is bliss” and partly because I was too busy chatting. Who needs a warm up when you can save your energy for the race?
The course proved to be classic cross country with lots of mud, uneven ground and some good ups and downs. The downs in particular were quite memorable: one with a cheeky sharp right hander left runners clinging to the undergrowth to avoid bowling into the marshal. It was definitely one for the spikes after the benign conditions at Cramlington. It was good to see some mud at long last.
So, to our runners: I have to start with Hannah who played a blinder from the mediums to finish 8th overall in her first xc race this season. Cristina was splendid: she finished an excellent 26th, really boosting our overall position. Both of them have the bitter-sweet outcome of pack promotion for the next fixture. Katie had a good run to be our other counter. Well done to you all; your efforts mean we ended as 4th team on the day, boosting our chances of staying in Div 1.
It was great to see Fiona back and running well from the mediums to make up lots of places. New girls Alison and Celia did brilliantly – I hope you will both come back for more this season. The week’s award for true grit goes to Lisa who soldiered on despite running in pain (dnf? Not as long as both legs are still attached!) Experience paid off on this technical course, and this showed in the excellent performances of Kelly, Jenny, Judith and Caroline.
We are doing well so far, but with more people being promoted every time, we need more people coming into the squad. So if your number is still sitting here in my house – think on and, if you can, please come and run. If you haven’t registered yet, please do consider it. Next fixture is next Saturday at Wallington. Anything could happen, but you will always get cake at the end of it.