Inter Counties XC and Human Race Duathlon

Bridget and Jim Dence, Tom Farwell and Nikki Sandell enjoy the sunshine at the Inter Counties XC
Bridget and Jim Dence, Tom Farwell and Nikki Sandell enjoy the sunshine at the Inter Counties XC

Congratulations to all the athletes who made the journey to Crofton Park, Birmingham on Saturday 7 March, to compete for Dorset which, despite being a minnow amongst Counties, fielded a full team in most of the categories.  The day was sunny and breezy, and dry underfoot, a welcome change after Parliament Hill.  BAC athletes played their part in this, including the Senior Men.  Of a total of 283, Rob McTaggart was 176th in 40.07, Jamie Grose 184th (40.22) and Simon Munro 237th (41.58).  The Dorset team of 5 finished 28th of 31 teams, achieving a win over Wiltshire which seemed to have been the main aim!  Nikki Sandell, 154th of 275 in 30.15, and Louise Price (271/35.59) ran in the Senior Womens‘ race, in which, unfortunately there weren’t enough Dorset athletes to complete a team.  Perhaps the most noteworthy BAC performance of the day  came from Bridget Dence, 71st of 273 in the U17 Womens‘ race, in a time of 22.50, and Bridget was part of a team which finished a remarkable 5th of 40 teams.  In the U13 Boys‘ race,Tom Farwell was 248th in 14.07, with Jim Dence 295th in 15.15.  Apologies if anyone has been missed, particularly any U20 Men, the results of which are not yet available.

Simon Munro (4252), Jamie Grose (4249) and Rob McTaggart (4251) are part of the Dorset SM team at the Inter Counties XC
Simon Munro (4252), Jamie Grose (4249) and Rob McTaggart (4251) are part of the Dorset SM team at the Inter Counties XC
Nikki Sandell (970) and Louise Price (969) in their Dorset vests at the Inter Counties XC
Nikki Sandell (970) and Louise Price (969) in their Dorset vests at the Inter Counties XC
Senior Women mass start at the Inter Counties XC - recognise anyone?
Senior Women mass start at the Inter Counties XC – recognise anyone?

Elsewhere, Ross Smith continued his amazing run of successful duathlons, competing in the 7.5k run, 1.5k bike and 7.5k run of the Human Race Duathlon, also on 7th March.  Although 6th on the day (no mean feat!) Ross earned himself a podium position by finishing in 2nd place overall.

Ross Smith (21) on the podium
Ross Smith (21) on the podium