The second race of the 2019 Herefordshire summer league series was High Vinnals. 44 Croft Ambrey runners took on the challenging course meaning that again we were able to field an impressive number of teams, 8 in total. The course this year was slightly different to previous years, meaning a bit more climbing was involved, however the views form the top made this slightly more bearable. With the rain that we had had the previous couple of days it made the surface wet in places but on the whole, it was a nice course. Definitely a route to keep for next year’s X/C.
Our first runner home was the ever reliable Mark Lamonby who keeps up his incredible form (6th – 37.36). Second home was Gareth Leek, closely followed by Toby Austin, who put in a brilliant performance to secure 11th overall having just come home from University. The two ladies who made up the A team were Katie Ayres and Hannah Fletcher, Katie who followed on from her impressive performance at Westhope coming home an impressive 40th overall and also 1st lady, in just her second summer league race is setting the benchmark for others to follow. And Hannah put in a fantastic performance, coming 75th overall and making up the final member of the A team that placed us second on the night and keeps us at the top of the standings after two races.
There were lots of other great performances on the night, Jordan McQueen put in a solid run and showing good form in the first two races of the Summer League coming 29th overall on the night. We then had very good grouping of Croft Runners. Glyn, Nigel, Neil, Katie and Dave G. Where out of 10 places available we managed to take 5 of them, showing how strong we are at the top of the table. Oscar Austin also returned to racing action and ran a good race coming 61st and on the night was first Junior male. Our coaches Mark and Emma came in 98th and 99th showing really good form. Lucy, who hadn’t long come back from her holiday still managed to get round the course in a great time of 55.03 showing that the training she has put in this year is paying off.
Our Ladies captain Kelly, still on the comeback from her injury ran well and coming in 109th overall. We had another very good grouping of Croft Runners with Tori, Lisa, Laura, Louise, Nick, Theresa and Gemma all coming over the line with only one other runner from another club separating the large group of Croft Runners, all who on the night put in a great effort and again shows how our small club has grown and the more and more Sky Blue vests we are seeing cross the finish line. Special mention to Tom and Bryan also, who in their vet 70 and 75 categories are still going strong and who in every race put in all their effort. Tom came 215th overall and Bryan was 220th.
Another great display Croft, 2 races to go and we have a 51-point lead at the top. The next race is next Wednesday at Queenswood. Lets keep it going team Croft.
The faces say it all!