The South of England cross-country championships were held at Parliament hill this weekend. The rain stayed away and the ground, relative to previous years, was fairly firm. There were 571 ladies on the course and 63 complete teams. Eight TVH ladies completed the course and the first 4 scored to bring the team home in 9th position.
Lucy Smith was the first TVH lady to finish in 45th position. Lucy, despite suffering from a cold at this race, appears to be continually improving now she is able to train again, it will be great to see her racing at the nationals next month when she is truly back on form. Fiona Thompson was next to finish, only a few places behind Lucy in 56th. After taking some time out due to injury, it was great to have Fiona back in the team. Stephanie Ainley finished 65th and Chloe Beckett completed the scoring team in 115th. Stephanie and Chloe are having excellent first cross-country seasons in the senior ladies TVH team, both appear to be getting stronger and faster with every race.
Lauren Morris has also improved her performance through this season, she took on the mud in her usual determined spirit this week and finished 252nd. Barbara Maddison, looking good on the hills, finished 471st, just in front of Kirstie Tew (492nd) who was looking relaxed after also having completed the Parkrun earlier in the day. Charlie Le Rougetel, racing for the first time at Parliament Hill, finished 513th. Charlie steadily worked her way through this tough course which is longer, muddier and definitely more hilly than her usual course on the Wormwood scrubs.
Lucy Smith 45th (33:01)
Fiona Thompson 56th (33:21)
Stephanie Ainley 65th (33:37)
Chloe Beckett 115th (35:27)
Lauren Morris 252nd (38:58)
Barbara Maddison 471st (46:48)
Kirstie Tew 492nd (47:47)
Charlie Le Rougetel 513th (49:06)