WITC vs ERGO Inaugural Club Challenge

WITC vs ERGO Inaugural Club Challenge, 9th December 2012, Kepa Potocka

Who would get there hands on the cup?

After shock snowfall in October put paid to the original date of the Club Challenge, the race was re-arranged for December. And temperatures of around -8°C did little to put off ERGO and WITC as both were able to rally their respective teams and show up in numbers in Kepa Potocka on Sunday 9th December.

The race was split into a men’s and women’s event, with both groups doing two 5km loops around the lake in Kepa Potocka with the finish line just outside the “U Araba” restaurant in the park.

Andy gets off to a good start in the men’s race

The men’s race started first and was extremely competitive. Although WITC’s speed merchant Andy Mossop took an early lead he had to settle for second place as Marcin Krysik from ERGO finished strongly to win the race.

The women’s race was very close, with 6 of the 7 competitors bunched together for most of the race, before WITC’ers Ewa Smiechowska and Lizzy Shackelford broke away at the end to finish first and second respectively.

While the competitors were relaxing after the race in the bar, the organisers were totting up the points to work out which team had won. In the end there was hardly anything between the teams, but there could be only one winner and with an impressive 593 points the cup went to ….. ERGO!

Ken hands fastest man Marcin Krysik from ERGO the Club Challenge Cup!

Ewa with her award

There were also fastest man and fastest woman awards for Marcin Krysik (ERGO) and Ewa Smiechowksa (WITC) respectively.

Well done to everyone who braved the elements to run and support and here’s to a re-match next year!!

Jan Kaseja from Team ERGO had the following to say about the event:

“The Club Challenge was an intimate yet really cool running event!! As a club we felt really united – we had a common goal and we needed every runner to fight for points in the final standings. It was a new feeling for me, and one I liked a lot. I wasn’t just running for myself, but also for the club!

While WITC men’s captain Andy Mossop added:

Great sportsmanship from Andy and Jan after the race

After the disappointment of weather causing the delay in the race day I was really impressed to see this time round that both clubs were determined to make sure this event went ahead. ERGO brought a great team of athletes with positive attitudes and I’m really proud that our team pushed them so hard and had such a close finish. I liked the whole concept of challenging another local club and can’t wait for the next one. Hopefully next time we can even get the club’s first trophy!

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