Chingford League Relays – 17/4/2021 – Results and Photos

Chingford League Relays – 17/4/2021 – Results and Photos

Chingford League Relays
Saturday 17th April 2021

 

On Saturday afternoon we headed over to a new venue in Dagenham for the Chingford League relays which is the end of season fixture. After such a turbulent 12 months, it’s been amazing to have the Chingford League races to look forward to and they are organised in a brilliant and Covid secure way by Adrian and the team.

Many members will know of our success in the relay competition over the past 10 years or so, with the Men’s team winning the fixture 6 years on the bounce from the 2011/12 season through to 2016/17. The Women’s team also lifted the Relay winner’s trophy in the 2017/18 season.

On the day we had 5 Women entered, with Kat, Fiona, Anja and Jessica making up the A team and Christine Hawker on an additional team. I must say a special thanks to Fiona for stepping up last minute to run after we lost a runner due to injury, and to Anja for pulling the team together. After a really strong run by Kat, and then Anja, we were right in the mix and within contention. A brilliant run from Fiona handed over to Jessica in 3rd place, and with a fantastic run she hunted down the ladies in front to storm home to victory by over 50 meters in the end!

Over to the Men’s race, where we had a scoring competition for the A team, Vets team and B Team. I must mention the Junior section of the club here, as 3 of our 4 runners in the Men’s A team had all been products of the Juniors, with young Cameron Bocchetti followed by returning members Dan Carpenter and Joe Young. With the addition of Dougal Burrowes, this was a stellar team made with birth years in the 1900’s and one in the 2000’s (sorry if that makes you feel old reading this!). Our B Team was very strong as well, comprising Will Douglas (another product of the juniors), Jim Arrowsmith, Ben Allen and the evergreen Scott Aiken.

After a storming first leg, Dan Carpenter gave us a 50-meter lead and handed over to Cameron who ran a brilliant leg and outsprinted London City to maintain the lead, Joe Young sped off to put us well in command and handed over to Dougal about 70 meters in front. A controlled last leg and Dougal bought the win home for the team, an outstanding effort and great to have that famous trophy back in its rightful place in Trent Park hands after a 3-year hiatus. Scott Aiken famously once said (during the week) that you can’t win anything with kids…. How wrong he was! 😄

On the other side, the B team looked in control from the outset and some strong legs and brilliant running gave that team a comfortable victory and another win for TP, as well as winning Division 1 for the season.

We can’t quite work out if there was a C team competition or not, but let’s assume there was and our team on the day of Mike Prior, Paul Brennan, Del Boy and Stuart Manktelow all individually ran great times in a really tricky race where they were effectively doing time trails against themselves due to the wave of starts for social distancing purposes. Our 4 Vet’s on the day taken from the above teams (Jim, Scott, Paul and Mike) were easy winners and rounded off a clean sweep for Trent Park across the board, as well as our Men’s Vets team winning the Chingford League Division 1 for the season. Well done also to the rest of the team who ran superbly on the day; Luke Bowie, Jason Hornett, Jeremy, Eamon, Ian Ellis and Chas. The relays are always a good bit of fun to round off the season and everybody came away with beaming smiles on their faces after the run, after a few minutes of waiting for the lactic acid to clear from their legs!!

That ended the shortened Chingford League season, and it’s been brilliant for this league to put some fixtures on for us recently. We ended the season with the below team results:

Men’s A Team – 3rd (Division 1)
Women’s A Team – 2nd (Division 1)
Men’s Vets – 1st (Division 1)
Women’s Vets – 5th (Division 1)
Men’s B Team – 1st (Division 1)

Adam

Met League – Race 2 Stanborough Park – Welwyn – 9/11/2019

Met League – Race 2 Stanborough Park – Welwyn – 9/11/2019

Men’s Team Report

On Saturday we had the second round of the Met League series over at Welwyn. We went over with a strong men’s team, still, a fair few runners missing but a decent showing nevertheless. 
Our 12 scorers on the day were Chris, Jim Barber, Carl, Scott, Ben Albon, David, Jim Arrowsmith, Jason Maloney, Kam, Adam Walker, Ricky Nelson and Ed Fenning. This was good enough for 10th on the day in Division 1 and keeps us in the same position overall, we’ve got a decent gap to 11th and 12th behind us so I don’t think relegation is even in the thinking, we’re now aiming to push on and catch up with the teams in front. As I mentioned, we still have a good few scorers missing (not including injuries just people not available on Saturday) so with a full-strength team we are close to 7th/8th/9th which would be great progress for us. Interesting as well, if you look at where our 12th scorer finishes compared to the 12 other teams in Division 1, we would be ranked 4th best. So, sorry to bore you all a bit here but in short, we’re closing the gap and really progressing nicely in the top Division. 
Our Vets team, Carl, Scott, Jim Arrowsmith, Jason, Adam and Ricky, finished 3rd on the day, only 36 points off 1st and remain in 3rd overall for the season. 

Adam

Women’s Team Report

We had 11 hardy souls who turned out for the race at Stanborough. It would have been really nice to see a few more take part in these races. They are good fun, in spite of the rain, and bring success to the Club. We again ran away with the division 2 win for the day and established a really strong position to take the division title for the season. That doesn’t mean we can be complacent, we still need everyone out for the rest of the season. Katie Brown was our first lady home in a fantastic 10th place. Katie was followed by Emily Jeanes, Alex Baird and Katie Vooght all in the top 50. Our 5th scorer was Emily Clarke finishing just ahead of Fiona Hathaway. The fact that we have so many younger runners and that the starting age for vets has gone up to 40 means we struggle for a vets team and without Zoe and Anja we were always up against it to get a vets team score but we did well with Fiona, Aimee Jenner and Foulla making up the scoring team. Our other runners were Sharon Tindale, Christine Hawker and Christine Read. As well as the seniors hitting the heights in division 2 we finished 7th in division 1 of the vets and the B team are 4th in division 3 and the vets B team are 5th in division 3. Everyone makes a contribution and there is all to play for. 
Chas for Zoe

Junior Team Report

It was a cold afternoon for racing at the 2nd Met league fixture of the season at Welwyn Garden City but the juniors were lucky to miss the rain that the seniors got.  That’s two years in a row!  Attendance wasn’t great with a few of our big guns taking part in County/Schools races or out injured but we still fielded enough U15/U17’s boys to field A B and C teams.  There was only 1 under 11 runner across the boys and girls combined which is very disappointing (where are you all?) so well done to Max Gilzean who has been an ever-present this season.  The U13 boys are our highest place team lying 8th out of 24 in the league and a big ‘well done’ goes to Luke Bass, Oscar Tivnann, Ed Paine and Oliver Moss for your efforts.  Luke, in his first met league race, finished a creditable 19th out of 62 runners.   With the Keohane sisters missing for this fixture we were always going to have fewer points in the girl’s races but Selma, Saoirse and Olivia held up our end for the U13’s as did Jessica and Anna for the U15’s.  All of them battled hard for their finishes.  Performances of the day go to Alessio Ferrari and Alex Lytrides.  Alessio finished 4th out of 55 in the U15’s race and 22nd out of 100 in the combined 15’s and 17’s.  Just behind him was Alex who came in 25th out of 100.  We had another 7 runners in the race which is a good turnout. Well done to Ethan, Ned, Liam, Max, Harry, Alexander and Toby.   Their efforts leave us 11th out of 33 teams after 2 fixtures.  I’d love to see us go top 10 this year.  Our next cross country fixture is at Trent Park on the 23rd in the NWL League.  Let’s have a big turnout.
Paul

Sunday League – Cheshunt Results – 20/10/2019

Sunday League – Cheshunt Results – 20/10/2019

Men’s Team Report

Yesterday saw us kick off the Sunday League season at Cheshunt.

Our 8 scorers on the day were Chris, Jim Barber, Scott, Ben Allen, Tom Miller, Dave, Jim Arrowsmith and Adam Walker. This was a strong performance and gave us the overall win on the day by a decent margin. Congrats to Chris as well on getting the overall race victory. Our Vets team (Scott, Jim Arrowsmith, Adam Walker and Jason Maloney) also fared well in their competition. This gave us 1st A team, 1st B team and 3rd Vets. We also came first in the combined with our women’s team.

A very strong start to the campaign.

Adam

Women’s Team Report

I think Zoe is away for half term and therefore have the great pleasure and delight on writing something covering the wonderful women’s performance on Sunday.

Last year at this race we had the first 3 finishers but didn’t have the outstanding runners to back this up. This year we again had the first 3 with plenty of backup. We had 7 in the first 15. The first 3 were Emily Jeanes, Cyn Cano and Jessica Prior. Cyn and Jess were up there last year and the other two scorers were Alex Baird and Katie Vooght in 7th and 8th place. They were closely followed by Kat Alpe (10th) and Anja Greenwood (15th). All of our 19 women performed admirably giving us a B team win and a 2nd place for the vets. I can think of half a dozen other ladies who are potential points scorers who weren’t able to run so we look good for another great season. If I was to pick out one other runner it is Lisa Barlow who was one of this year’s beginners and ran strongly. Hopefully she can spread the word to others to give it a go.

The next Sunday League race is our own at Trent Park on 1st December. I’m excited to see what we can do there.
Chas for Zoe