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