Athletics: Dulwich Runners staying optimistic despite relegation


The final races of the Surrey League Cross Country season saw both Dulwich teams relegated from Division Two despite a superb turnout and some excellent individual performances in their 8km races.

The ongoing improvement of the club’s runners during the season provides confidence that both teams should be able to perform well at that level next year.

Katie Styles is enjoying her best form at the club and was first scorer at Richmond Park in 35:08 (57th). Sara Roloff (76th) just pipped a returning Roz Johnson (79th), with Andrea Pickup another returning from injury (87th) ahead of Anna Thomas in 98th.

The B team finished seventh overall – their scorers at Richmond included Emma Ibell, Jane Bradshaw, Ange Norris, Helena Flippance and Ola Balme.

The men’s team put in a creditable performance at Lloyd Park.

Jack Ramm showed his Division One pedigree in a time of 28:04 (10th place) – good enough to win the Division Two race with ease.

Tim Bowen 64th (30:38) edged out Andy Bond 68th (30:45) who was rewarded with second place overall in the V40 league championships.

Buzz Shephard (95th) and Tom South (107th) placed strongly in the V40 category on the day. Wayne Lashley was 110th position with good runs from Daniel Mann (121st), Martin Belzunce (133rd), James Burrows (134th) and Alex Loftus (136th).

Cross country club captain Mike Mann finished third overall in the V60 standings.



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