The race was held next to Derby AC athletic track. The course was more interesting than many of the national XC events – a mixture of grass, short, steep hills and woodland trails.
Jenny ran a determined and respectable first lap. She was running against girls nearly 10 years younger than her and many clubs put their fastest runner first.
Caroline did second leg and thrived on the thrill of the chase, picking off runners one by one. By the time she handed over to Julie, Arena had moved from eighth to third place.
Julie sped past the second placed W45 girl after 100metres. She went on to run, subject to confirmation, the fastest W45 lap of the day, regularly overtaking girls in the W35 age group.
The Arena team finished in a comfortable second place, not far behind the winners, Bristol and West AC.
Next year, I would like to see Arena enter a W55 ladies team as well – I’m sure we could put out two very competitive teams.