It was an excellent TVH turn out for the South of England cross-country relays on Saturday. Conditions were blustery and at times wet making the course saturated and muddy in parts. Three strong senior teams and one under 20 team completed the Wormwood scrubs course.
The under 20 ladies completed 3 legs of a 2.5km course to bring home a bronze medal. India Weir had a good start on first leg bringing the team home 5th (8:22). Alice Harray followed with another solid run that maintained 5th place (9:23) and Kosana Weir completed the team with a good run that lifted their overall position to 3rd team in the U20 category (8:29).
The senior ladies had 3 strong teams with 3 athletes in each covering 3km per leg. The first team home placed 7th overall and included a fantastic final leg from Sarah Johnson who also ran the 7th fastest leg of the day over all athletes. Lisa da Silva set the team off on first leg; having forgotten her spikes Lisa found the muddy conditions hard going, but she still managed to bring her team home in 21st position overall (13.27). Kirsty Addy, recently returning from injury, had a great race (12:42), passing 11 other athletes to boost the team up to 10th place before Sarahs final leg.
Also on first leg was Kate who ran a great run for her team bringing them home in 6th position (12:28). Lauren Morris followed with a good run, making a big improvement on her time from last year she came home 14th (14:05). Lara completed the team with a solid final leg (13:55) to finish overall 15th.
Kirstie Tew was first leg for the final TVH team; she ran a steady race finishing 41st (16:13). Fran Lou, in her debut cross-country race took over from Kirstie and passed 2 athletes to come back 39th (15:17) followed by Christine Munden who completed the team in 40th position (19:54).
Congratulations to all athletes especially the medal winners.