Dacorum & Tring youngsters start the season in style at Watford meet

Rhys Rowlands was in action for Dacorum & Tring AC at the first Chiltern League cross-country race of the season in Cassiobury Park, Watford. Picture (c) Gary Mitchell.
Rhys Rowlands was in action for Dacorum & Tring AC at the first Chiltern League cross-country race of the season in Cassiobury Park, Watford. Picture (c) Gary Mitchell.
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Dacorum & Tring AC’s U15 boys and girls were on top form at the first Chiltern League cross-country race of the season in Cassiobury Park, Watford.

The boys’ team placed first overall in Division Two, led home by Rhys Rowlands who finished second overall with team-mate Joshua van Heiningen in fifth, Tom Dore in sixth, Matthew Renphrey in 11th and Vincent Murray in 12th.

Jack Parslow led the way for Dacorum & Tring AC at the first Chiltern League cross-country race of the season in Cassiobury Park, Watford. Picture (c) Gary Mitchell.

Jack Parslow led the way for Dacorum & Tring AC at the first Chiltern League cross-country race of the season in Cassiobury Park, Watford. Picture (c) Gary Mitchell.

The U15 girls’ team took second place, with Isabelle Amos coming across the line in seventh position, followed closely by Grace Birdseye inninth and Calypso Phillips in 15th.

The U13 girls team – with Sasha Pond in 14th and Maddie Perry in 18th – was fifth overall, while Joel Amos was the only boy running for the U13s, finishing 12th.

In the U11 girls’ category, Rachel Wallace and Star Phillips ran well in their first-ever cross-country outing for the club.

Meanwhile, Jack Parslow and Catherine Davies were the first runners from Dacorum across the line in the senior men’s and women’s races.

Parslow finished second overall in Division Two, while Davies was eighth overall and first in the V45 category.

In the men’s race, Parslow was followed closely by Andrew Cracknell in fifth, Matthew Salt in ninth, Jamie Marlow in 24th and Ian Needleman in 54th.

Also running strongly for the club were Michael Lamb and Richard Smith – both newcomers to cross-country running – Ken Perry, Paul Glyn, John Slack and Peter Dollman.

Back in the ladies’ race, Elizabeth Roberts was second over the line for the club in 20th position, followed by Wendy Pearson in 29th, Clare Murray in 30th and Carly Dollman in 33rd.

Laura Merchant, Natalie Black and newcomers Helen Reardon and Natasha Wallace also performed well on the day. Overall, the women and girls placed second overall out of 17 teams, while the men were fourth overall out of 18 men’s team.

The Chiltern League is considered one of the top cross-country leagues in the UK, drawing 34 clubs from seven counties.