Surrey Road League - 2014, final positions

The Surrey Road League 2014 has now run for another year, and it has been excellent to see the popularity of each race. In fact the numbers running across all events have enabled the teams to place very well in the final league tables as well as providing some superb summer team racing across Surrey:

Women's Team - 10th overall out of 31 teams

Men's Team - 12th overall out of 31 teams

These represent the best finishes for both teams for many years and gives a great target to aim for next year!

In addition there have been some notable achievements for a number of individuals:

Men over 60 - Mike Rundle (5th)

Senior Women - Bronwyn Mayo (11th)

Women over 35 - Samantha Grant Young (11th)

Women over 55 - Emilia Freegard (3rd)

The Surrey Road season kicked off way back on 4th May for the Richmond Half. Both teams started solidly with Nick McKay leading home the men while Claire Morgan showed the way for the ladies (11 ran across both teams). A week later saw the Sutton 10K, the quietest race for both teams (8). The points were unsurprisingly under pressure although the men managed a creditable 10th place, with excellent races from James Young and Marco Gazzelloni.

June arrived with fine weather and an army of Windmilers descending on the Dorking (10M) undulating countryside. A splendid turnout of 34 Windmilers made us the 2nd best represented club (just two behind locals Reigate Priory). The women's team of Julia Donovan, Bronwyn Mayo, Pina Dilena and Ann Shellard finished in 4th place overall. Julia also finished 9th lady and there were top 15 age category performances from Michael Daniels, Ann and Claire. Then it was on to the Richmond 10K, a cracking race, very warm, but clearly good PB potential (9). Another 33 runners plus supports made the short trip south west and enjoyed a spirit crushing finish, with the last 400m around the field (slightly mitigated by the Cadbury’s Flake at the end). There were some great times and the Ladies took a superb 3rd place, a mere two points behind winners Ranelagh. There was great running from Valerie Suter (1st FV35), Samantha Pickford and Julia, and many others.

Another 28 runners went off to Elmbridge for its 10K at the end of July. The Men’s team finished an excellent 3rd overall (Hamish Maclean, Neil Guthrie, Michael, Mark Rabbetts, Nathan Andrews & Sebastian Vons). On a personal level the following are of particular note: Neil (3rd MV40), Michael (4th MV40), Mark (5th MV40), Doug Carse (5th MV60), Kate Carter (3rd FV35), Emilia Freegard (4th FV55). The final fixture in the Surrey Road League calendar was the Wimbledon Perseverance 5km, at the Wimbledon Park athletics track on Sunday 17th August. The race saw a turnout 21 times better than last year! Excellent running from Keith MacIntosh and Neil to finish 3rd and 5th respectively in the M40 category and Emilia who cemented her 3rd place medal in the F55 category for her performances across the Surrey Road League season.

A big thank you and well done to everyone who has run (and supported!). The large turnouts helped create momentum for each race and provided a stimulus across both teams and all standards – a great formula for success! Next up the Surrey County Road Relays Championships (Sunday 7th September, 12pm Wimbledon Park, register quickly with respective team captains).

Annie, Bronwyn, Gordon, Simon

Ps the statisticians can find results and tables aplenty at the home of the Road League:

http://www.surreyathletics.org.uk/road/league/index.php?Y=2013&O=L&S=201...