Yesterday saw the first outing of team ERC at Midweek Road-racing League at Harpenden.
With the glorious weather on the cards ERC runners turned to the occasion en masse, but not quite en masse enough to make the full teams. We had 11 men (one short of full team of 12) and 6 ladies (two short of the team size of 8). A couple of serial racers missed the occasion because they take part in Edinburgh Marathon this weekend – an understandable precaution.
An indomitable leader Simon made the trip despite suffering an injury and provided full official and photo support.
It was good to see newer club members making their MWL debut – Mark, Sameer, Becky, Andrew and Hannah. A special mention goes to Chloe who having had her trial run with ERC just one day prior joined the club on the day of the race and jumped straight into the deep end.
You can find the results at the RunHerts website –http://www.runherts.com/mwrrr.htm
A couple of notable ERC performances: Becky came second and Jan – third in their respective age groups thus putting them into a good position for a podium finish (or even the win) come the season end. Meanwhile Catherine managed to set a 10k PB despite a tough nature of the course with rolling hills and some grassy bits.
As some of you know ERC is currently in the Division three of the league. In order to gain a promotion we need to come at one of the two top positions. This task got harder this year as a very strong team from Ware Joggers joined the MWL (in the division three) and are likely to be one of the top two teams. Nevertheless the task is achievable. After the first race ERC occupies fourth position (just a half-point below third). With a full team we will be in a striking distance of first two division places. Just an extra reminder that no individual performance can harm the team result, but will only improve it.
You can see individual results at the results pagehttp://www.edmontonrc.co.uk/latest-results/ and the effect on the club championship standings – http://www.edmontonrc.co.uk/results/erc-club-championship-table/
So – please put the date of the next race (Jun-05 at Harlow) in the calendar and try to be there. I am sure everyone who raced yesterday would attest that this series is a good fun and not to be missed.