WaldenTri break records

PUBLISHED: 13:19 26 January 2011

The WaldenTri team

The WaldenTri team

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ON SUNDAY, WaldenTri's cross country running team travelled to Watford for the penultimate race of the five-race winter series.

ON SUNDAY, WaldenTri’s cross country running team travelled to Watford for the penultimate race of the five-race winter series.

Out of the 18 teams in the league the clubs men’s team were placed second going into this race while the ladies team was laying third.

Seventeen men and thirteen ladies made up the team for this event with two ladies appearing for the first time, Sara Trevillion and Debbie Rushman.

The two have contrasting backgrounds with Sara being a cross country novice and Debbie being an experience cross country runner who recently returned to the club after spending some time in America. Both made great starts.

The field was of around 300 runners, the course was a muddy, hilly 5.2 miles, much of it on lovely woodland trails, and the weather was good.

The Waldentri team was in the mood and a fantastic showing from both the men and the ladies saw both teams break all previous club performance records.

On her first run, Debbie Rushman was first lady home for the club in 4th place, immediately followed by Fiona Halls just two seconds behind her in 5th, and Louise Rolfe in 6th. Debbie was also first in her age group by over 1min.

Not to be out-done, the men’s team also put in a great show. Sam Pedersen, despite carrying a slight injury, showed his quality by still leading the team home in 7th place.

Pete Thompson was next six seconds behind him in 10th, with Jack Peasgood’s strength seeing him home in 13th.

Dave Mather had an excellent first run of the season coming home in 38th, racing to the line with the talented George Alexander in 37th. Thompson was also first in his age group, and made certain of the series prize having come first in 3 out of the 4 races so far.

This brilliant team effort put the men’s team in second place on the day. They remain in second place overall but there is now some clear daylight between them and the teams in 3rd and 4th placings.

The Ladies team went one better and were the winning team on the day. They moved up to second place overall in the series and are now just one point behind the leaders.

The exciting climax to the series is on the mountainous Royston Heath on the 13th Feb.

With the Waldentri teams in this kind of form who would bet against them pulling off a dramatic late victory.

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