Congratulations to Lucy Marlow and Dean Lacy, winners of the Club 5.
In all a record breaking entry of 74 runners ignored the forecast of an impending downpour and made their way to the start in Joydens Wood. James MacDonald, “fresh” from his 2:35 in the Berlin Marathon, was second with Mitchell Horne of Bexley AC third. Taking the bronze medal as third Cambridge was David Worden in 7th spot. 4th Cambridge Harrier, and 8th overall was new member Liam McLaughlin showing what a valuable addition to the squad he will be and it was good to see two of the Clubs promising younger athletes taking a step up to competing in a senior race, Kavinda Boralugoda and Joseph Collins running well to take 12th and 14th places. After being lost for 20 years the trophy for the first male vet (over 40), a beer tankard dating back to the 1950s, had been unearthed and was duly presented to Ian Miller (11th overall and 5th Cambridge).
The team competition couldn’t have been much closer with the first four Cambridge and the first four Bexley all being in the top eight and in an order such that they finished level on points. Taking aggregate times into consideration Bexley just shaded it by a few seconds and went home with the beer.
A special thanks to Alice, Alison and Mary who managed to keep all in the clubhouse fed and watered after the race in spite of a power cut.