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Athletics Report 13

time out of serious training Two laps of thick mud, a greasy
and racing. We hoped that she slope and an 800m hill climb.
might at least make the top ive. With the exception of young
She went and won it, which was Sarah Belaon, all the team had
rather helpful. Imagine what their children running in the
she could have done if it! With junior races earlier that day. So
Jennie in 7th, a fantastic run with the prospect of two lots
from Sarah in 17th and Jenny of muddy kit to clean, Clare,
closely behind in 18th, the Charlotte, Carole, Jane and
scoring 4 meant we inished... Sarah set off. It was a good Carole Pennlington
second unfortunately; Medway performance from the team
and Maidstone having ielded with Carole, Jane and Sarah from the sidelines nursing a
an amazingly strong team securing team bronze in the 3 broken heel bone. With Elaine
in this inal race. Carole and to score. With just one more Murty also sporting a plaster
Charlotte ensured a second runner, Clare and Charlotte cast and crutches rather than
place in the 6 to score match would surely also been spikes, the team had whittled
also and Danielle, Claire, Anne rewarded for their efforts, with down to three. This was not
and Abigail all showed great a medal in the 6 to score too. enough for a scoring team but
commitment by turning out yet Bright sunshine greeted the the three very capable women
again for the club. same ive ladies just three (again ALL parents of children
For the irst year ever, I weeks later at The Southern who had raced earlier) all
believe, the cross country relay Championship, Parliament had good runs, coming 245
team for Mansield was made Hill. But conditions underfoot (Carole), 307 (Charlotte) and
up entirely of vets. Jennie and were as notorious as ever – 444 (Clare). More importantly,
Jane managed to rope Carole shin deep mud for most of the they had fun, which in the
into travelling all the way up 8k made for a testing course. end is what keeps most of us
to Nottingham with them Carole once again led the team training and racing!
to compete in this national home in 122 with Jane 127 and Thank you to all the women
competition. We inished a Sarah 162. We inished 23rd, who turned out for these
credible 34th out of 99 teams ably backed up by Charlotte races, especially those that
which wasn’t too bad for a and Clare. were further away or held
team of masters! A great achievement in atrocious conditions;
Team wins bronze in the A VERY long coach journey to your commitment is much
appreciated. A special mention
generation game Nottingham, followed by a stint should go to Carole Penlington
Conditions during December refereeing the junior teams’ in her irst cross country
and January worsened, with water polo matches and a ire season. She turned up to all the
endless torrential rain making alarm at 12.30am was probably races, ran as fast as she could
training and racing conditions not ideal preparation for the and came second in the veteran
very tough indeed. The Kent National at Wollaton Park. In women’s individual league
Championships was another addition, winter training and table. A great achievement.
trek down to the coast and the racing had taken its toll and
new venue did not disappoint! Jane found herself watching Jennie Butler & Jane Bradshaw
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