Senior Women’s Race Report – EnergyVision Cross Cup, Diest, 11 February 2024

The Senior ladies ran 9070M on a twisty tough going course with varying underfoot conditions, it consisted on one medium lap followed by 5 large laps.

The race started at a fast pace with Jess Gibbon sitting just behind the lead group and the rest of the team siting in the next group of athletes. After the first lap Jasmijn Lau and Jan Van Lent broke away and Jess was just sitting behind there was then a sizeable gap to the rest of the field which broke off into smaller groups. The positioning didn’t change until the last lap where Jess went into the lead and gained a winning gap in the second half and held it until the finishing line with Lau second 8 seconds behind and Van Len finishing third.

Sophie Tarver ran a well paced race and came through the field to finish an impressive 7th place. Philippa Stone maintained her position finishing strong in 10th as did Megan Gadsby finishing in a credible 13th on her debut running for England.

All the team enjoyed the race and atmosphere but said it was a tough course

1st Jess Gibbon
7th Sophie Tarve
10th Philippa Stone
13th Megan Gadsby

Sue Lamb

Jess Gibbon No 6425
Sophie Tarver No 6430
Philippa Stone No 6429
Megan Gadsby No 6424