Successful squirrels seal silverware on special day for North Herts Runners

PUBLISHED: 15:53 22 January 2018

Pictured from left to right is the ladies team captain, Katie Harbon with the ladies team 3rd trophy. The XC secretary, John Auld, with the combined team trophy. The mens team captain, Pete Sibbet, with the men's 2nd place trophy. Photo by James Walsh.

Pictured from left to right is the ladies team captain, Katie Harbon with the ladies team 3rd trophy. The XC secretary, John Auld, with the combined team trophy. The mens team captain, Pete Sibbet, with the men's 2nd place trophy. Photo by James Walsh.

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North Herts Road Runners clinched silverware in a weekend of success for the popular club.

With great spirit and confidence, a scurry of 49 heroic North Herts Road Runners made the trip to Bedford to battle it out in the mud for the league title as Sunday was the firth and final race in the Three Counties XC league.

Going into the last race, NHRR had some great positions to hold onto as they led the combined, held second place in the men’s competitions and sat in third position in the ladies.

The combined competition was tight at the top and there was effectively a last race shoot out for the title. John Auld told Comet Sport: “Although the weather was mild on the day, the terrain was flat and there was no wind, it was slippy in the mud and tufty grass. There were a few large puddles to get through and a ‘lovely’ ford to negotiate too.

“Every squirrel gave it their all as coach Karen gave out some last minute advice: “Its not where you are after mile one, its where you are at the finish line that counts”.

The scoring team of eight men all came in the first 22 of the race, giving their lowest score this season. The ladies also did well, producing their second best score this term to produce NHRR’s best combined score of the year for a combined team victory.

The men also won on the day and the women were second to see NHRR Squirrels coming home grinning from ear to ear with the combined team league title as they were crowned NHRR league champions.

They were also runners-up in the men’s tournament and a creditable third in the ladies. The achievement meant it was the first time NHRR have won the combined title in six years.

Scoring for the men were Jim McConnell (5th), Ed Price (9th), Darren Sunter (10th), Adam Bowler (14th), John Raynor (15th), John Auld (16th), Matt Sayers (20th) and Ryan Smith (22nd). Scoring for the ladies was Katie Harbon (1st), Jane Clarke (8th), Helen Nuttall (10th) and Astrid Mckeown (14th).

NHRR also won individual trophies. Jim McConnell won the over V35 category. Ed Price won the over V40 category.

Ed said: “The title was wide open but everyone turned up and gave it their all.

“Cross country is a team sport, and running together is what brought us the win today.”

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