Sunday League 5M: 19 February 2012
Bright, cold, mainly dry underfoot
Venue: Royston. Race distance c. 5.5 miles.
Full results are on www.runherts.com
On Sunday a dedicated team of Serpies headed up to Royston for the final Sunday League race of the season. Travelling to this venue required some determination. Those of us who took the train faced grossly elongated journeys due to engineering works. The others had a long drive.
Getting to the start line was tough, but paled into insignificance once we saw the challenging landscape ahead. This course comprises unrelenting hills. As soon as we reached the bottom of one, they sent us back up, often on an alternative route up the same hill we'd just come down.
Sarah led the Serpies home, three minutes ahead of our first Serpie man, Ian. Alex generously allowed everyone an eight minute headstart, but still overtook most of our team, encouraging us as he passed. I think everyone did really well just to survive and complete this race.
End of season congratulations are due to Ebrima Noble who won the M40 category, and to Wendy Vandoolaeghe who was second senior lady for this season.
This season our runners comprised several loyal regulars, many of whom ran four races. Val, George and myself ran all five. Others joined us for one or two races, which you all said you enjoyed, so I hope you'll be back for more next season. Sadly we lost would-be regulars, Rob and David, to injury. We wish you all the best for future seasons.
Huge thanks to Malcolm French and his team of volunteers who organise the Sunday League races and compile the results for us; all the host clubs and their marshals for their superb courses and support on the day; Gowan Clews for handing out the discs at the finish of every race.
Well done to everyone involved, and I look forward to seeing you all next season.
Serpie Sunday League organiser
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