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).