On a remarkably chilly Saturday, hundreds of students from all over Europe gathered in the capital’s Hyde Park for the annual road relay event. The current enthusiasm within Cambridge University Hare and Hounds was evident as the club had two men’s teams and two women’s teams raring to go. The course consisted of 6 x 5.2 km for the men and 4 x 3.5 km for the women.
Christie Noble led off for the Cambridge ladies, speeding around the lake to hand over to fellow medic and Emma student Cat Bounds in a fine 3rd position.
Determined to keep the girls in a shout of a medal, Cat held off the chasing teams to maintain third place as did Cambridge’s next runner, Women’s Captain Emma Figures (Lucy Cavendish). And so, with the bronze medals within grasp, Murray Edwards’ Polly Keen’s responsibilty for the final leg was clear and a brilliant 3rd position is precisely where she brought the light blue ladies home, ahead of reputable teams from the University of London and Oxford.
Although the Cambridge Men’s 1st team, like the ladies, didn’t consist of the University’s fastest runners, their determination was still marked.
The team of Rowan Brackston, Liam Richardson, James Chettle, Tom Stecher, Tim Pattison and Matt Cole crossed the line in a very respectable sixth place.
The Cambridge Men’s and Women’s 2nd teams also did the University proud finishing in good positions.
Polly Keen – Sports Reporter