Katherine the great

PUBLISHED: 15:45 22 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:14 26 October 2009

Kath Philip

Kath Philip

KATHERINE Philp won her race as GCR s women s team were victorious in the overall Sunday League series, despite coming second on the day in the final event. The Watford fixture s one-lap course is unique in the league as the ladies get to run the whole 8k

KATHERINE Philp won her race as GCR's women's team were victorious in the overall Sunday League series, despite coming second on the day in the final event.

The Watford fixture's one-lap course is unique in the league as the ladies get to run the whole 8km alongside the men.

For top Garden City Runner Philp, it meant she was chasing team-mate Markus Allen.

This may have helped her to an even more comfortable than usual first place in 32 minutes 27 seconds at the end of a high-mileage week, including a two-hour training run the previous day.

For GCR's Caroline Hale, the extra distance was if anything an advantage, as she finished sixth in 35 mins 26 secs.

The additional mileage also helped for Veronica Shadbolt in 11th in 36 mins 57 secs.

Catrina Niklaus took 13th place in 37 mins 21 secs to complete an excellent Sunday series in her last team race before returning home to Switzerland.

Once again, it fell to super veteran Joy Allen to complete the A team.

The mother of GB international cyclist Tanja Allen finished 30th in 41 mins 42 secs.

However, it was a rare defeat on the day for the team at the hands of Serpentine, but not enough to affect the overall series victory for the GCR ladies.

It was the same story in the masters' category, where GCR took the league title, despite being behind FVS Tri in the final race.

Helen Paine finished 33rd in 42 mins 28 secs and also supplied the day's best cakes for the team after the race.

Helen Spark was 38th in her first ever race for the club with a time of 43 mins 53 secs.

Sarah Downs also came 42nd in 45 mins 08 secs and Avis Cowley was 46th of 66 in a time of 46 mins 17 secs.

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