Kent XC Champs - Senior Women
Emily Meins retained the Cambridge Harriers Senior Women Cross Country title which was held simultaneously with the Kent County Championship at Brands Hatch on Saturday 9 January. She was duly presented with our very small but perfectly formed replica trophy. Sadly the original rose bowl was lost a couple of years ago but hopefully we will soon get a replacement. It’s the thought that counts. Well done Emily! We arrived in time to see the senior men slogging up the hill in the pouring rain so inevitably the course had become a gloopy muddy mess by the time the senior women set off. At the full national championship distance of 8k as opposed to the usual 5k this was also a real test of endurance. Tempting though it was to stay in the tea tent our five enthusiasts remembered that really did enjoy the mud and duly lined up at the front of the grid. As the pack accelerated away at the gun Emily quickly established herself half way up the field and managed to maintain this position. Next was Kate Evan- Jones who also came second in her age group with Monica Whitefield the last scorer in the team of three competition. Carly Martin who came next was pleased with the spikes she had bought for the occasion as they had helped her stay on her feet. Her sister Donna who came in just behind her had not been so lucky and had found it hard to get going again. Thanks to the small band of loud supporters whose encouragement was greatly appreciated by the team and especially to those who stayed on after their own race.