Sep 18 2017

Surrey Leagues – Summer Road Race Round up & Cross Country Season

Barnes Runners have for the last few seasons competed across the Surrey Leagues in both the summer road race league, incorporating the county championships, and the autumn/ winter cross country leagues.

Despite a relatively small pool of runners at Barnes, we have put in some decent individual and team performances on both the flat(ish) tarmac and the muddy hills.

Most of the  summer road races have had a report posted already, and all  the season’s  results and final league tables are always worth a look on the Surrey website.   Whilst we were definitely short of a full complement on an occasion or two, we ended up in a respectable mid table position (mens), and special mentions to James McPoland for all of the 7 races this season, and to Paul Cheetham for a silver medal in the v40 10 mile championships.   Another enjoyable season of well run races and a few decent PBs in the mix as well.

As the sunshine fades to a distant memory and the nights draw in, our attentions turn to the cross country season, which kicks off on the 14th October. The format is 4 x matches over the Autumn.  We are currently in league 4 and Match 1 will be in very nearby Wimbledon for the Mens team , and down in Reigate for the Ladies team.   Match 2 will be on the 11th November.   The Men will be looking to improve on a respectable 4th place last year, and the Ladies had a good mid table spot in a strong Division 2.

These matches are good team events, with 10 minimum required for the men, and 3 minimum for the Ladies.  There is a good spirit, and all club members are invited to take part  – it really is the more the merrier!   All you need is a club vest, and some spikes or decent trail shoes (depending on course and weather conditions).   There is usually a few cars going for a lift, and often a celebratory/recovery drink or two afterwards.

The dedicated Surrey Cross country website is updated with all details, results  and there will be further emails and posts on each match nearer the time.  For the moment, book in the 14th October and 11th November in your diaries!


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David Lovell