Good results, relatively speaking, for IWCA AC runners at Round 4 of the Oxfordshire Cross Country League at Cirencester.
Emilija Malova put in a great performance in the Girls U11's moving up from 46th place in Round 3 to 36th place at today's event. Regardless the lower turnout in her age category today, Emilija, still in her first season as a competitive runner, closed the gap considerably on the more experienced girls ahead of her, looking fresh and strong as she crossed the finish line.
Harry Arundell-Walker also pushed the boat out in the Boy's U13's race (not literally of course, but given the waterlogged course it may not have been a bad idea!) Harry's mission was to move up one place in a field of very strong young runners. Mission completed. Well done young man.
Grace Craft, held her own amongst the Senior women, moving up three places from Round 3, despite being less than fully fit - as she would be the first to admit.
In possibly the toughest category, Peter Wright moved up 15 places compared to Round 3 coming 103rd out of 231 runners, while team mate and coach, Stuart Craft moved up 36 placed on his Round 3 result to 170th place.
Cirencester was our toughest challenge yet. The steep, slippery hills, knee deep muddy puddles and spells of freezing rain made this one to remember as the Oxfordshire Cross Country League website records:
'Round 4 at Cirencester Park today witnessed probably the most demanding conditions of the season so far after all the rain that had fallen over the preceding 24 hours. The brief spells of warm sunshine were a very welcome boost on an otherwise cold and wet day. As many of the athletes will testify the conditions were energy sapping, but as one official pointed out the conditions provided “a true test that would sort the men from the boys”.
The final round of this season's cross country league will be held at Harwell on Sunday 6th March. We have spare race numbers so if you are interested in joining the team feel free to get in touch.