First Summer Off Rd Race….Aconbury 22/6/11

Well done the team captains! We had a much better turn-out here than in either the winter series or last year’s summer series. Results already posted below. In team terms, we finished A,B and C teams with our A managing third but showing signs that we have the potential to become really competitive again and give our rivals something to worry about! 
Special mention should be made of Mark [46th] and Sally [107th] Worthing making their team debuts in highly impressive fashion. I’m sure both will get better still as they ease into racing action. Eliot had yet another fine run in 3rd and Luke’s 8th was his best position yet. Neil is returning to fitness on a high race diet and his valuable 17th might have been even higher if he’d had any rest; and remember, he gets up before dawn!
This summer series is often highly reliant on one or more strong female performances so it was especially heartening to see both Sally Bliss [48th] and Alison [55th] on the comeback trail and scoring so well. And let’s not forget the old skipper, Jayne [110th] running on very little training but still leaving quite a few younger athletes in her wake. 
One of the tightest finishes of the day was Alison’s outsprinting of Kev [56th] who complained of “busted lungs” and was barely coherent afterwards. On the other hand, among the old men, Herington romped away from Carwardine.
Aconbury is undoubtedly the toughest of the 4 summer courses and Wye Valley and Merv should be congratulated on designing such a fine circuit. Sally Bliss was especially appreciative, having trained over the hills in her youth [which must mean recently…..]. Ask her about it.
Steve Herington

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