Congratulations to the Cross Country runners AND the chance to represent Girton and Cambridge

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Girton punch above weight in Varsity II-IVs matches – Wandlebury – 29th November 2014

This has been a strong season for Girton cross country so far, with accordingly strong positions in the various Varsity matches. While other colleges have one or two star runners, Girton prefers a doughty middle order, which provided the backbone of Cambridge’s 6-1 Varsity series victory this year.

In the Ladies’ II race, of 7 runners apiece, Ruby WOOLFE ran hard and was rewarded with 4th position, 2nd for Cambridge. In her fresher year, and with the London marathon on the horizon, we can only anticipate great things.

In the Ladies III race, the Mob Match, Girton was represented at both ends of the scoring, in which 45 dark and light blue ladies ran. Captain Jade HARDING topped the Cambridge field at 4th position overall, with a powerful finish which led in a knot of Cambridge runners to counteract the Oxford 1-2-3. Further back in the order, Girtonians Johanna BLENDOW and Charlotte ZEALLEY powered home in 42nd and 44th positions respectively, showing that Cambridge brought considerable strength in numbers on the race day.

Moving to the Men’s races: the Men’s III race was won by an Oxford individual, but Girtonian Des MOORE ran a stormer of a race, coming 2nd, and 1st for Cambridge, and leading in a pack of no fewer than six other Cantabs, including Antoine MAGRÉ, who sprinted home in 5th place, holding off a former Blues runner on the line.

Girtonian strength was most evident in the Men’s IV race, where no fewer than five of the 40 light blue athletes were red, white, and green underneath. Adam SIXSMITH and Henry KINNERSLEY, who had both suffered at Cuppers two weeks previously, found old form and ran hard races, coming in 4th and 7th respectively. Ed GAZELEY, captain both of Girton and the IV team, was not able to match his form at Cuppers, but nevertheless fought through dark blues in the mid field, and with a well-timed sprint finish came in at 17th. Seb CHELI was not far behind, and raced in at 20th position ahead of a knot of Cambridge athletes. Will TUPMAN ran strongly with a Cambridge pack to come in at 54th of 66 runners, pushing down the Oxford scorers yet further, and ensuring an absolute light-blue wash on the day, 5-0 to Cambridge.

There were no Girtonians to be found in the Blues teams a week later, on the 6th of December, where the women won in controversial circumstances and the men lost. However, with promising talent in the lower selected teams, and even in the Mob teams, this may not be the story in a year’s time.

Before that, bring on BUCS! Held in Brighton this year, on the 31st of January, Girton are hoping to represent even more strongly, and push Cambridge into medal positions so closely missed for the last few years. If you’re interested in running for Girton, get in touch with Captain Ed Gazeley (eg432).

Fantastic performances from sensational Girtonians

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Cross Country Cuppers – Wandlebury – 15th November 2014

This race, which doubled as one of the Varsity selection races, represented the toughest challenge yet for individual runners and college teams alike. Wandlebury is one of the hilliest courses you’ll find near Cambridge, and with a combination of recent rainfall and a warm day, the going was sticky. Girton Cross Country Club brought four men and two women, and enjoyed mixed success.

The women ran first, on a course just over 6km. Ruby Woolfe, currently engaged in marathon training, ran for the first time in (metaphorical) Girton colours, and ran hard to come in 8th of 25 runners, a performance which saw her selected for the Women’s Second Varsity team, the Cheetahs. Captain Jade Harding also fought the warm conditions to battle between two Clare runners for 15th position, putting her to the front of the Women’s Mob team, the Gazelles. This two big runs allowed Girton to place 3rd in the Women’s Cuppers competition, a tremendous feat of strength for only two runners. With numbers, we will surely climb even higher.

The men’s race saw four Girtonian starters, but a fast start and uncustomary hilliness picked off Henry Kinnersley and Adam Sixsmith early on, leaving Captain Ed Gazeley and GCCCC debutante Will Lyon Tupman with the task of bringing it home for Girton. Gazeley ran a hard tactical race, kicking off from rivals on the hills, and as such saw himself placed higher than expected, at 23rd of 39 runners. This was not quite enough to see him selected for the higher Varsity teams, but consolation was found in the awarding of Captaincy of the Men’s Mob team, the Trojans. Lyon Tupman, coming back to cross country after a hiatus, pushed himself to pip a Corpus runner to 36th position, setting a time to be beaten on the same course for the Varsity Mob match. Speaking of which…

Do you want to serve your university and give Oxf*rd a good smashing?
Then run in the Cross Country Varsity match! That might sound intimidating, but read on: every year there is a ‘mob match’ race where both universities bring as many runners as possible for a big fun muddy run. It’s not solely about running fast (although, if you can, fantastic), but rather just having enough people to push Oxons down in the standings. Seeing as it’s a home fixture this year, Cambridge is pulling out all the stops to get people along, and Girton should play her part.
Interested? Here are some key details:

Saturday 29th November
Wandlebury Park (coaches from Wilberforce road)
Women’s Mob Match (~6km) @ 2pm
Men’s Mob Match (~10km) @ 2.45pm

There’ll also be post-race tea at Wilberforce road, and a proper meal out at Mai Thai in the evening, with the Oxf*rd team (don’t let it put you off).

If you’re at all interested in doing this, then email Captain Ed Gazeley (eg432).



JCR Charity Pub Quiz

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Join us in the bar on Wednesday 19th November at 8pm for the 2nd Pub Quiz of the term! It’s not ALL about obscure knowledge so there’s opportunity for every team to win the CASH PRIZE.

This quiz we are donating to British Royal Legion, because it was recently Remembrance Sunday.

Come down for some good fun and a worthy cause

Cross Country Match Reports

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12/10/14 – Freshers’ Fun Run – 5/2.7km

At the first race of the season, and first of five races in the Chris Brasher College League, Girton showed some promising talent, which will surely snowball as the season progresses. In the men’s race (5km), newcomers Antoine Magré and Des Moore stormed home in 9th and 10th respectively, while Captain Ed Gazeley loped in at 26th of 61 runners, collectively placing Girton in 3rd. In the women’s race (2.7km) Girton lacked numbers, but Charlotte Zealley’s solid placing at 31st of 45 runners bodes well for future races. If Girton can bring the numbers through the rest of the season, then the League and Cuppers titles will seem all the more attainable.

18/10/14 – Fen Ditton Dash – 8/5.7km

After the flat and short introduction that was the Freshers’ Fun Run, Fen Ditton launches its competitors into the world of real cross country, complete with mud and rain. Looping through Fen Ditton and returning along the banks of the Cam, this course is not to be scoffed at, and Girton, though low in numbers, produced another strong showing. Des Moore ran hard to come in at 3rd position, and Ed Gazeley, suffering after a far-too-fast start to narrowly miss out on King of the Bridge (about 800m in), stumped home in 17th position of 27. This was good enough to see Girton into joint 3rd place in the Men’s Team competition, but bumped down to 4th by virtue of Robinson’s extra runners, which shows how easily we could tip the balance, with numbers. In the Ladies’ race, Captain Jade Harding made a welcome return to cross country, finishing hard in 7th. Charlotte Zealley fought on boldly through the conditions, carrying the Lanterne Rouge in at 14th. These two performances placed Girton Ladies at 6th of 9 teams on the day. All Girton needs to start threatening is numbers and enthusiasm!

After these two races, Girton Men’s team sits in a strong 3rd position overall, but we will need to be vigilant in future races to preserve this strong start. Girton Ladies sit at joint 8th of 9 teams, but with good showings in the remaining three league races of the season, can easily make up for lost time.

Next race coming up is Cuppers, on the 15th of November, which does not count for the League, but is a standalone competition. It’s clear that if Girton brings the numbers, we can think seriously about challenging for the win, so get involved!

Email Captain Ed Gazeley (eg432) for details, and search for ‘Girton College Cross Country and Athletics’ to keep updated with races to come. All levels of talent and enthusiasm welcome!

Edmund Gazeley