This week's report includes results from Geneva and Cyprus, as well as the Chiltern League Cross Country in which the juniors are doing really well!
40th Escalade, Geneva, 2 December
The Escalade is a 7.5km road run around the old town of Geneva. It started in 1978 with 800 runners and this year celebrated its 40th anniversary with 44,000 runners and walkers of all ages (6+) participating throughout the day over a variety of distances.
With typical Swiss efficiency,the first age group starts their run at 09:00 with the final family run category starting at 6:00pm. The full circuit is 3 laps round the twisty lanes of Geneva Old Town with three significant climbs on each lap, fortunately compensated by long downhill recovery stretches.
Ian has participated in the race periodically since living in Geneva in the 1990s and returned this year for the 40th anniversary race in wintry conditions with a strong breeze blowing giving an air temperature of -7c. No race medal but a commemorative Swatch watch was the race souvenir - typically Swiss!
Cyprus Challenge, 23-26 November
Two runners from Maidenhead AC (Darrell Bressington and Jon Kew) ran The Cyprus International 4-day Challenge last week .
It is a challenging running event with its 4 different races taking place over 4 days combining a 6k time trial with an 11k mountain hill climb; a multi-terrain half marathon; and finishing off with a 10k City Run.
Jon was first home for MAC in a total race time of 3 hours 35 mins, finishing in 26th place overall (3rd in V45 Cat), with Darrell finishing in 5 hours 5 mins in 156th place out of a total of 208 runners that completed the four days. This was Darrell’s 11th consecutive year at the race.
Chiltern League (Juniors)
Saturday 2 December saw our 3rd Chiltern League Junior Cross Country Meet at Stopsley Common, Luton. We had a decent turnout with a few were missing due to other commitments but everyone ran very well. The weather was a bit cold with light rain starting mid-way through the day however it didn’t put off our runners who all gave outstanding performances yet again. Parents are thanked again for getting their children to the meet in plenty of time with no traffic issues. We had three new runners who all ran very well for their first time. A special mention goes to Olivia Draper who was the only U11 girl to run so well done to her and hopefully we’ll see the other U11 girls back in January.
Results for Division 2 are as follows:-
74th - Daniel Chapman; 75th - Jan Czarnomski; 85th - Ben Cook (1st Cross Country)
50th - Olivia Draper
65th - Anuchaa Hynes; 70th - Ethan Towers
52nd - Imogen Wilson (1st Cross Country); 56th - Claudia Duran
36th - Joshua Pope; 55th - Harry Shrimpton; 58th - Callum Nicoll; 61st - Adam Czarnomski; 63rd - Oscar Duran
59th - Katie Crowhurst; 64th - Maisy Thorn; 68th - Holly O’Meara (1st Cross Country)
10th - Abbie Jones; 34th - Amy Reike; 44th - Laura House
The U17 girls are holding their bronze medal position overall and Abbie Jones is currently 2nd in the U17 girls which is an excellent position.
We are currently 7th overall out of 16 clubs and 8th overall after three rounds in division 2 club so all junior runners should be very pleased with that: let’s try and keep our position up by getting as many entries as possible for the next meet on 13th January.
Please click here for the full results:- http://www.chilternccl.co.uk/
A strong finish for U15 girl, Katie Crowhurst
U17 girls team talk on the start line
Thames Valley League (Seniors)
Leila will send a separate cross country news report and update!