Farringdon Cross-Country Relays, 14th Sept 2019

We had just one team of each gender competing at Farringdon this year, but this didn’t stop us having an enjoyable day’s racing. The sun was shining, the course was dry and the famous Farringdon stream was just a trickle – so really it was just a deep ditch with a soggy bottom!

I like this course as it has a little of everything – grass, woodland paths a couple of climbs and, of course, the aforementioned stream. Also there are never as many teams as in the road relay races, so the atmosphere is a bit more relaxed. Having said that, there are still some fast, serious runners taking part – you know that is the case when Jonathan Gilroy is half-way down the field on the first leg!

The Claremont ladies team put in a very creditable performance, finishing in 12th place out of 20 senior women’s teams. As for us men, we exceeded our expectations as we weren’t last in the men’s veterans category!

PositionRunnersTime
Ladies
12Kat Truong
Rose Hawkswood
Serpil Bulut
Team Time
13:40
14:05
13:42
41:27
Men
13David Lydall
Gavin Woodcock
Rob Newton
Tom Tinsley
Team Time
12:17
13:10
17:52
11:33
54:52

The photo gallery includes a few from the excellent Stuart Whitman Photography, who kindly makes his photographs available on Facebook.

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