At the last Chiltern League/Cross Challenge match at Teardrop Lakes, back in November 2019, the day – and the ground – started off dry, but by the end of the day the course was a sea of mud. Not so yesterday! It was dry all day and the ground was relatively firm.
It was great to see all the athletes back at XC racing against the scenic background of the lakes, hills and gorgeous autumn colours.
MKDP athletes turned in some fantastic performances yesterday. Here’s a round-up.
Let’s kick off with one of our biggest success stories of the day: Sophie Jacobs, who stormed the girls’ U15 race, winning the Cross Challenge in 16:07, three seconds ahead of her nearest rival. A huge ‘well done’ to Sophie – that’s a great achievement! There were 104 runners.
In the U11 boys’ race, Zachary Stanners was 31st in his second race for MKDP, in a time of 8:31. There were 47 runners. Well done!
Morgan Bunn was 7th in the U13 boys race, in 11:57 and Sam Dewhirst was 17th, in 12:38, in his second race for the club. There were 83 runners.
In the U15 boys’ race Nic Hammett was 14th, in 16:06. There were 100 runners.
Ben West was 2nd in the senior men’s race, in a time of 29:27. Joe Morrow was hot on his heels in 4th place, in 30:36 (almost a minute faster than his 2019 time of 31:34). Marcus Lovell was 21st in 33:14 (cutting over a minute from his 2019 time of 34:56),Mintu Sidhu was 32nd in 33:54 (his 2019 time was 34:12). David Cruz Walma was 59th (35:28),Mick Greener 67th (36:04),Harry Hammond 93rd (37:20),Eliot Winter 110th in 38:10 (cutting two minutes off his 2019 time of 40:11),and Stuart Sinclair and Andy Jacobs came in together in 159th and 160th respectively. Stuart was 20th in the M50 category, in 40:56. Andy’s time was 40:58 (shearing almost two minutes off his 2019 time of 42:51),and he was 37th in the M40 category. There were 547 runners.
In the senior women’s race, Martinha Royles was 75th in 29:35 (slicing 75 seconds off her 2019 time of 30.51 and coming 23rd in the F35 category).
MKDP came 8th in this match, with 2238 points. After the first two CCL matches, MKDP is lying in 12th position with 3268 points. Our male team was 6th yesterday, winning 2129 points, and our female team 15th with 109 points.
Yesterday was a great team effort by everyone – well done to all athletes who raced for the club! And a shout-out to all parents and friends who came along to support MKDP athletes – thank you too!
All results are at http://www.chilternccl.co.uk/cl2021m21.htm
We need as many runners as possible to run each Chiltern League match and win points for the club.
See you on 4th December at Stopsley Common, Luton!