As for the running that went before it, this was a season of change. The numbers of men who turned out at some time over the series, 76, was higher than in any other year, whereas the number of ladies, 41, fell compared to the 3 previous years. Similarly the relative performance of those that ran, as shown in graphs below (for those that like their data) showed the men’s teams generally performing better in comparison to previous years while the ladies teams fared less well.
Those deserving of mention within the ladies are Elizabeth Bamber who was 9th in the Ladies V50 group and Sheryl James who continued her fine record of being the only HERC lady to have run in 6 or more races every summer since we have been a participating club. Of the men.... in his debut season, Pete O’Donnell was 7th V40, Keith Spiers 7th V50, and the apparently ageless Keith Sheppard was 3rd V60. Matching Sheryl for sheer consistency over the 5 years that HERC has been a member club was Kevin Rowe. And in the overall standings Kirsty Cartwright (25th=) and Pete O’Donnell (18th) were the best placed Hedgie runners this year. But, as ever, the important thing is that new members have been introduced to the scene and hopefully all enjoyed the variety of Wednesday evening summer trail running that old hands like us continue to do.
So huge thanks to all who ran over the summer. Also to all those who came out and supported, recorded the numbers and cheered us on… and baked. It all really helps. See you next April!