A thrilling finish to the Dorset Road Race League season at the Boscombe 10k saw the Purbeck Runners Women’s Team win the Division 2 title and promotion to Division 1! It had been a very closely fought competition extending over 12 races from January to November, with only a few points separating the top teams. The League is a very tough challenge with races varying from 5 miles to marathon distance and runners experiencing the full range of Dorset weather from sweltering heatwaves to icy headwinds. The scoring is based on the top three runners from each club in the races, with the best 8 races counting. The Purbeck Runners Women’s Team are currently in Division 2 of the League and got off to a flying start winning their Division in the first two races and holding first place up to mid-season. However, the competition fought back hard and The Royal Manor of Portland AC caught up and then edged ahead by the ninth race, setting up a tense finish. The Purbeck Runners dug deep and with a Division win in the penultimate race had pulled level again. It was now all down to the final race at Boscombe! The Purbeck Runners ran a sensational race, securing a team win and clinching the title by one point! Great racing and a great result for the Purbeck Runners Women’s Team who are now eagerly looking forward to the 2020 season in Division 1!
The team’s final tally in their best 8 results was 5 wins and 3 second places (they had two other second places as well). In total 13 Purbeck Runners scored points towards the win, showing the strength in depth in the Club and they were (in alphabetical order): Tish Alberry, Tracy Byrom, Zodwa Chasokela, Tracey Colquhoun, Lily Cooper, Liz Goldsack, Lorna Haines, Charlotte Halford, Paula Lawton-Archer, Clare Martin, Barbara Murray, Zoe Pattison and Beccy Spicer. Lorna Haines won the women’s individual club award and Zodwa Chasokela received the Fidelity Award for completing all 12 races. A fantastic achievement by the whole team!
Several members of the team are pictured above at the Wimborne 10.