CUHH vs RAF vs Eastern Counties
On October the 21st the annual competition between Cambridge University Hare and Hounds (CUH&H), the RAF and the Eastern Athletics Association (EAA) took place at Gog Magog Down. In very windy conditions on a challenging course, Cambridge athletes looked impressive. The strength and depth of the squad suggests promising performances over the rest of the season.
The women’s race was won convincingly by Charlotte Christensen representing EAA, followed by Ruby Woolfe and Fiona Bunn of CUHH. With good packing from 2nd-5th CUH&H took the women’s team victory with 14 points compared to the EAA’s 40 and the RAF’s 57. Captian Lizzy Apsley and Rachelle Falloon ran strongly to complete the scoring team, with fresher Flo Wiggins close behind in 7th. Sophie Kelly, Rebecca Gilchrist, Becca Frake and Mary Butler continued the light- blue contingent in 8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th respectively. The excellent performances of Cambridge athletes throughout the field indicates good things for the varsity matches at the end of November and start of December.
The men’s race was more closely contested at the front with 10 seconds separating the first 3 athletes. CUH&H’s Oliver Fox won the race, leading the university team to victory over the EAA and RAF. 2nd and 3rd in the men’s field were Sam Mitchell from the RAF and John Eves representing the EAA. Unlike the women’s field which strung out quickly, the front group of men ran as a pack for the majority of the course leading to the race only really developing over the last couple of miles. The excellent competition provided by the EAA and the RAF resulted in a very exciting race. 24 Cambridge men raced at Gog Magog, packing out the top positions within the field
With Cuppers at St. Neots only two weeks away, there promises to be more high quality competition from the CUH&H athletes.