It was all black and white at the front as they came up the hill after the first lap - Shaftesbury and Highgate taking early charge. But our athletes were in there too. I counted Will, James and Jonney all through in the first hundred or so. Costa, Ben, Alex and Chris came through in the next hundred fighting hard. Danny was our eighth counter. Joe, John Clarke, David and John Murphy were further back, collecting points for Barnet’s ‘B’ team. When the final tally was in, with “8 in 200” we were first team in Division 3, just ahead of Highgate ‘B’. We are where we need to be at this stage - in a promotion position. Don’t dare relax for a moment! It’s where we are in March that counts. Next Metro race is 10 November at Stevenage.
It’s the “upside down” scoring system. If 300 runners finish, the first scores 300 points, the last scores 1 point, everyone else scores in between. In Division 3 the team’s score is the total score of the first eight finishers. There is one race but the teams are divided into three divisions. Our women’s team were second in Division 3 too. Full results are attached. Barnet positions are here - including a good run from Rufus Kent in the U13 Boys.
It was good to have John Murphy back after a long absence. It was good to welcome new member Jonney Yeates. .It was good to have Rob Scott, Clare Taylor, Ted Kimber, Jose Kimber and Steve Chilton giving strong support to our runners all round the course. - Photos courtesy of Rob Scott here
A team managers’ pennant goes this week to Costa Michael, rarely our first finisher but whose consistent, disciplined running, time after time, contributes so much to our team results.