Women's Herts County Cross Country Results
PUBLISHED: 11:22 22 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 October 2009
Top Runners strike county gold GARDEN City Runners ladies claimed the county women s team title for the fifth year running. The Welwyn club packed their first four scoring athletes in the top 10 to runaway with the team event. Katherine Philp, Ma
Top Runners strike county gold
GARDEN City Runners' ladies claimed the county women's team title for the fifth year running.
The Welwyn club packed their first four scoring athletes in the top 10 to runaway with the team event.
Katherine Philp, Mandy Livingstone, Jenny Gray and Abi Brockhurst made up the triumphant GCR quartet at Hertford Heath.
They eased to victory with 21 points - 39 better than runners-up St Albans Striders - in the event held around the grounds of Haileybury College.
Runners' show of strength also saw their B team finish fourth in the county standings, just five points behind Barnet & District's bronze-medal placed squad.
The first eight GCR women home all crossed the line in the top 25 out of the 36 finishers.
Philp was the club's first lady to finish in the individual bronze position.
She had been in second place for the first two laps of the 8km course, until Watford Harrier Claire Hallissey pulled ahead to leave her third in 32 minutes 35 seconds. The overall race was won yet again by St Albans girl and Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers' Victoria Webster.
Gray set off quickly as usual and was up with Philp for the first quarter of a mile, whereas Livingstone started relatively slowly and gradually picked off competitors around the course.
Livingstone said she felt pretty good until the last grassy climb, when fatigue hit her.
With a few hundred metres to go, she was hanging on, hoping not to lose any places.
In the end, she finished fourth in a time one second inside 33 minutes, with Jenny next across the line in fifth place 12 seconds later.
Completing the four to score A team was Abi Brockhurst, who had an excellent race.
In only her third cross-country race for the club, she picked up her first county medal at the discipline.
Despite suffering with a cold, the former county and national level netball player ran smoothly and looked strong.
Afterwards she said she was over the moon to be part of the scoring team.
GCR's second team home finished fourth overall ahead of North Herts Road Runners.
Martha Hall was 12th in a time of 34 mins 53 secs and Lizzie Clifford was one place behind with 35 mins 16 secs.
Yvonne Jones was also 23rd in 38 mins 43 secs.
Marie Heald took 25th place in 39 mins 22 secs in her first county cross-country competition.
Running without proper cross-country shoes, she did well just to stay upright in the slippery mud.
GCR's Celia Pardoe was 27th in with a time of 40 mins 29 secs.
DEFENDING champion Victoria Webster was an emphatic winner of the Herts women's cross-country crown at Haileybury College.
The Shaftesbury Barnet Harrier from St Albans stormed to victory around the 8km course in a time of 30 minutes 53 seconds to retain her title.
She was almost 90 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
Coach George Harrison said: "Victoria was a class above the others and to win it for the second year is nice for her."
Natasha Taylor was Herts Phoenix's top performer in the senior women's race. She finished 16th overall in 36 mins 14 secs.