Determined runners prove they are no slouches

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Dacorum and Tring runners were in action at the Chiltern League Division Two cross country meet in Slough at the weekend.

Andy Cracknell once again led the way for the club in the men’s race as he came back in first place, with Matt Salt and Oliver Glyn next home in joint fourth.

They were followed by Jamie Marlow in 18th, Ian Needleman in 37th, Antony Allen in 70th, John Cooper in 80th, Malcolm Sargent in 89th and Fabian Mills in 90th.

Meanwhile, Catherine Davies made her return from injury in the ladies’ race, putting in a good display to come home in ninth place.

Elizabeth Roberts was next home in 12th, ahead of Wendy Pearson in 18th, Laura Merchant in 32nd, Hilary Needleman in 42nd and Joanne Baxter 46th.

The juniors were also in action at Slough, and they once again performed with guts and determination.

James Glynran led the U11 boys home in 20th place, with Benn Howell and Harry Rayner finishing behind him in 33rd and 45th places, respectively.

Sam Howell returned to form in the U13 boys’ event and finished in sixth place, with Eddie Duncombe next home in 12th position.

He was followed by Thomas Rayner in 13th and Jake Alderson in 17th. The team currently sits in second place overall with one match to go.

In the U15 boys’ race, Matt Simpson came out on top with his best run of the season so far to place eighth, with Jonty Wager-Leigh finishing 10th and Dominic Evans helping out in 24th.

Jack Quoroll was the only Dacorum and Tring competitor in the U17 men’s event, but he had to pull out with a groin strain after a valiant effort.

In the U11 girls’ competition, Izzy Aylwin delivered her best run of the season to finish 10th, with Hannah Tritton coming home in 28th on her return from injury. Lucy McNulty continued her improvement and finished 44th.

Emily Bannister and Scarlett Wager-Leigh were in action for the U13 girls and they finished in 14th and 22nd place, respectively.

Claire Baxter showed an improvement in the U15 girls’ race and finished 14th, with India Chadwick – making her league debut – finishing 22nd.

The two Sarahs, Needleman and Grover, again supported each other well to finish 9th and 11th for the U17 girls.

Elsewhere, a number of Dacorum and Tring’s youngsters were also in action at the Herts County Cross Country Championships.

The U13 boys’ squad bagged a bronze medal, while Salt scooped silver in the U20 men’s event.

Cracknell was on form once again as he took home the bronze medal in the senior men’s competition.