WITC 2nd Annual Club Challenge, Team WITC vs Team ERGO, 22nd September 2013, Kepa Potocka
After last year’s nail-bitingly close inaugural club challenge, WITC and ERGO went head-to-head again this year in a rematch. WITC was keen to get revenge for last year while ERGO went all out to hold on to their title.
Thankfully the weather was much better this year (something to do with it not being December in Poland!) and both teams came out in numbers to see who would take the prestigious Club Champion cup home.
After registration and pre-race announcements, it was time for the long-awaited event to start. This time the girls race went out first, with WITC’s Farrah (Mo) Madanay storming off into an early lead ahead of the rest of the field.
Five minutes later the guys set off to catch the girls in what was an incredibly competitive race. The early pace-setters included WITC’s Andy Mossop and Alex Hobley (who had returned especially for this race), as well as Marcin Krysik and Jan Kasieja from ERGO.
The route took the runners round two laps of the picturesque Kepa Potocka park, although at the speed some of the competitors were running it’s hard to say whether they got a chance to even enjoy the scenery!
Farrah absolutely dominated the women’s race and crossed the line in an impressive time of 41.02m, alongside the leading man, Marcin Krysik who ran an incredible 36.02m.
The conditions were indeed great for running with 6 guys running under 40 minutes and lots of people setting PBs. ERGO again dominated the men’s race while WITC blitzed the women’s race. So while the runners were recovering and rehydrating, the organisers sat down to work out which team had won…
The top three men were (in reverse order) Aleksander Tittenbrun, Andy Mossop and Marcin Krysik, while in women’s race it was Elwira Sochacka, Olga Kulyna and Farrah Madanay. But of course there could be only winner and the cup went to … ERGO for the second year running.
WITC captain Andy was gracious-ish in defeat: “It was a really competitive race on Sunday and was amazing to see so many PBs and so many of the guys ran under 40 minutes. I feel like we were faster than last year, but still not fast enough to beat ERGO. We were missing a few key runners, but ERGO were just better on the day. I’ve got some work to do to catch Marcin next year, but I think I’m getting closer and we’ll look forward to getting the trophy from them next time. Well done to everyone and a big thanks to all the volunteers who organised the race!”
ERGO’s team captain Bartek Grzeszczyk “This year’s 10k Club Challenge was a sporting competition held at a high level. WITC clearly wanted revenge from last year’s event in December. The race was extremely competitive with 6 men running under 40 min, and the best woman finished in just over 41 mins. This year the weather conditions were good, and from the organisational side everything ran smoothly. Klub Biegacza ERGO once again won by a very small margin. We are looking forward to the next event in 2014, with the race probably expanded to include some other running clubs.”
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