Sunday League 5M: 23 October 2011
Mild, dry, firm under foot.
What a brilliant day and what a great Serpie turnout.
The first Sunday League race was blessed with fine weather - sunny, very
warm, and dry underfoot. Despite the early start, the race attracted the
usual crowd of around 300 runners. The course, described as 'gently
undulating', is an ideal opening race. It is a warm-up for some of the
'not-so-gently' undulating races to come later in the season.
At the start of the race, teams combined efforts to produce a pear puree,
as 600 feet (just a few spiked) charged through some ill-fated windfalls.
Then concentration resumed, and runners jostled for position in the single
file string of runners that is often seen in cross country races. Cheshunt
Park offers a very open course, so at most points in the race you can see
these colourful strings of club colours stretching out ahead (speaking
from my perspective - not if you're at the front).
I was very pleased to see many of previous seasons' regular runners
return, and also to welcome many newcomers. We totalled 24 Serpie runners
and a guest runner (we're working on him, next race...).
Our numbers enabled us to form two ladies and two men's teams. Our Ladies
'A' team finished fourth, and our 'B' team finished second. The men's 'A'
and 'B' teams each finished 8th. This may be due to a high proportion of
vet men, compared to other clubs. This reflects favourably in our vet
men's excellent third place.
Well done all.
Gowan Clewes, Malcolm French
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