It was just one highlight of my weekend taking a record 11 ladies to the 2XU Surrey Cross Country league first round match on Saturday, but with two days full of races and the achievements rolling in, I couldn’t help but glow with pride at my friends and fellow runners and their medal gains.
First things first, a shout out to my amazing ladies who donned their stripes, some for the first time, to race in Nonsuch Park, Cheam in the first match of the season in the Surrey XC League. This is just our second year entering teams into the XC league and I’m so proud how our numbers have grown in just a year, with enthusiasm from my girls beaming as they dug deep and raced to 4th place overall in Division 2.
After compulsory post-race cakes, the ladies hotfooted it across to Wimbledon Common to cheer on the men’s races in the same league, and again, we surpassed numbers with a turnout of almost 20 guys strutting their stuff around their extended (by mistake) XC course. Celebrations were in full swing at The Telegraph pub after both races as we look forward to the upcoming matches and the chance to get a little more muddy as the season goes on.
Shout outs must also go to all those racing in the many half marathons (and a cheeky 10 miler) on Sunday morning – FRC-ers Emily in Birmingham, Andy in the local Fulham and Putney half and Bob and Paul at the Cabbage Patch 10, as well as those Nige and I spotted in Wimbledon Common when we had a potter round their on our shake-out run.
Kudos also to those racing in Amsterdam, particularly FRC-er Stuart in the full marathon, and the lovely Stephanie (above) in the half, a lady who has raced three half marathons in three consecutive weekends, getting faster each time!
And finally I cannot forget the unbelievable achievements of not one, two or even three FRC club mates running ONE HUNDRED MILES this weekend. FOUR Fulham Running Club members – Cat, Leo, Justin and Ilsuk – took on Centurion Running’s A100 and all smashed it! Words cannot even describe how amazed I am at these guys’ efforts! The grit and determination from you all is something I, and I think many, aspire to so thank you for the inspiration!