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).