Dacorum & Tring runners stay on track at Chiltern League meet in Slough

Rhys Rowlands and Joshua van Heiningen in action for Dacorum & Tring AC in Slough
Rhys Rowlands and Joshua van Heiningen in action for Dacorum & Tring AC in Slough

Dacorum & Tring AC posted a fine set of individual and team results from the fourth leg of the 2013-14 Chiltern League cross country series, held at Upton Court Park in Slough.

Despite the continued illness and injury to some top runners, the club recorded four first-place finishes.

The U15 boys’ team of Rhys Rowlands, Joshua van Heiningen, Vincent Murray and Matthew Renphrey continued their winning streak and now have an unassailable lead at the top of the table with one race left to go.

The ladies’ vets team also took first position overall, 16 points ahead of the second-placed team, and the combined female teams of senior and vets ladies and U15 and U13 girls also took top spot in the rankings.

Ian Needleman, meanwhile, scored a resounding victory in the M50 category with a time of 34m 40s – placing 35th in a field of 116 senior, junior and veteran runners.

Jack Parslow also had a fine race, finishing second in the senior men’s race over 9km in 29m 27s, just 20 seconds off first place.

Oliver Glyn held on for 15th in 31m 59s, good enough for fourth in the M20 category, while Steve Russell was 72nd in 39m 10s in his first race back after injury.

He was followed by Ken Perry – eighth in the M60 category – Paul Glyn, John Cooper, John Slack, Peter Dolman, first-timer Jason Hawkridge and Fabian Mills.

In the women’s race, Catherine Davies was first over the line for the women’s team, in eithth place overall in a time of 24m 12s over the 5.6k course.

Elizabeth Roberts was next up in 20th in a time of 26m 25s, followed by Wendy Pearson, Clare Murray, Helen Reardon, Louisa Hopper, Rupinder Mahil, Jess Tanner and Claire Copperwhite. The ladies’ team finished second overall out of 16 clubs.

Other strong performances on the day came from Isabelle Amos and Grace Birdseye – 10th and 11th respectively in the U15 girls’ race – and Sasha Pond and Maddie Perry in the U13 girls’ race.

The U13 boys’ team took third spot overall in their category, led home by Kristian Imroth in eighth, with James Glyn in 11th, Joel Amos in 21st and Ed Hopper in 22nd.

Jessica Hoar and Star Philips also ran well in the hotly-contested U11 girls’ race as the young D&T athletes finished the day in third place overall out of 16 clubs.