Another brilliant performance by Julia Tomczak running for London Schools at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in Norwich on Saturday 18th. March as she came 3rd in the Senior Girls race (301 finishers). James Lyne, running for Surrey Schools also had a very good run in the Senior Boys race where he finished 99th (324 finishers).
Nearer home there were 264 finishers in the final primary schools league races at Woodcote. We were blessed with a dry if a bit blustery morning. As usual the Year 3 & 4 girls lead the way, and there was a really good run by new recruit Matilda Purnell from Cumnor Girls who won from Aimee Healey running for Margaret Roper, and Maia Morrell running for SLH in third. The 3&4 boys were next off and Sam Rank from Woodmansterne and SLH followed up his second place on the Downs with a win, and was followed home by Pieter Ten Cate from Smitham with Jack Turner of Woodmansterne in 3rd place. The 5&6 girls race was very close with Annice Kemp from the Hayes and SLH just getting the better of our Phoebe Lyes who had been suffering with a cold all week, with Honey Rose Dulley of Woodmansterne and SLH having her best race this season in 3rd place. In the 5&6 boys race Daniel Murray from Atwood won with Noah Findell of Smitham and SLH in 2nd, Jamie Barnett of Atwood in 3rd and Jack Chaudhury of SLH in 4th.
After the last race and with great work by Dan Gillett and Steve Vincent with the results, we were able to announce the final league positions for the season and make the presentations. The Year 3&4 girls league was won by Margaret Roper, with Woodmansterne in 2nd place and St.Aidans in 3rd. The Year 3&4 boys league was won by Margaret Roper, with Woodmansterne in 2nd place and Coulsdon C of E in third. The year 5&6 girls league was won by Woodmansterne, with Margaret Roper in 2nd place and Coulsdon CofE in 3rd. The Year 5&6 boys league was very close and the Hayes just managed to win from St.Davids with Coulsdon CofE in 3rd. The competition for the overall winning school was very close, with Woodmansterne retaining the Mark Burtwell Trophy for the 3rd year in a row but they were pushed all the way by Margaret Roper who finished 2nd and The Hayes in 3rd place.
In the individual results the Year 3&4 girls winner was Aimee Healey from Margaret Roper, with Maia Morrell from SLH in 2nd and Zarah Browne of St.Davids in 3rd place. The 3&4 Boys champion was Jackson Stevens of Coulsdon CofE, with Pieter Ten Cate of Smitham in 2nd place and Fred Harris of Atwood in 3rd. In the closest competition the winner of the Year 5&6 girls championship was Jana Sethna McIntosh of Smitham, from Annice Kemp of the Hayes in 2nd place, with Sophie Hobbs of SLH in 3rd. The Year 5&6 Boys league was won by Noah Findell of Smitham, with Jack Chaudhury of SLH in 2nd place and Max Lorke of Gresham in 3rd.
A great finish to the season which saw nearly 300 athletes at each of the 4 fixtures. Thanks to all the help we get from members and parents it has run so smoothly and is a great advert for our club and provides local children with some much needed competition. We must also thank Woodcote High School for allowing us to use their facilities.
Inter counties XC
There were some fine performances by our athletes taking part in the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships held at Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire on the 11th March. All representing Surrey, Julia Tomzcak had a brilliant run to finish 4th in the U17 girls race and with two other Surrey athletes in 1st and 2nd place Surrey convincingly won the U17 girls title. Steph McCall was 27th in the Senior womens race and was the third scorer for Surrey and they took the Senior womens title. William Bardsley running in the U20 mens race was 4th Surrey scorer and the team were placed 6th.
Medals at Surrey Indoor Champs
Anna Given and Mei Matthews represented SLH at the Surrey Indoor Championships on 19th February. Competing in the U17 Girls High Jump Anna and Mei both equalled their personal bests of 1m 50cm to finish in 2nd and 3rd places. Anna just pipped Mei on countback for the silver medal. The winner was Jess Collins from HHH with an indoor personal best jump of 1m 63cm. All age groups from across Surrey and Sussex competed together on the day and Anna and Mei finished ahead of all other athletes apart from Jess. Following on from Amelia Clarke’s bronze in the U15 high jump at these champs last year and with Gabriella Thoburn a real high jump talent at Crystal Palace SLH is beginning to shine at high jump.
At the same championships Philip Bartlett gained a silver medal in the U/17 Mens shot putt with a throw of 12.89m.
The End of Season Supper will be held in the Clubhouse on Saturday 1st. April at 7pm for 7.30pm. This is a chance to celebrate the successes of the XC season, recognise our winners and socialise with friends. Tickets are £17 adults and £12 under 20s. We are limited to around 80 people so get your tickets now from Anne Roden, Jo Vickers or the online shop. Menu Please let Anne know by email if you require the vegetarian option or have other dietary requirements (email@example.com)
A busy weekend for the junior athletes with many running for SLH or school in the 2nd Woodcote XC meeting of the season. In total there were 256 finishers in 4 races. A beautiful sunny morning but with sub-zero temperatures and the ground frosty and very hard. All seemed to cope with the conditions really well and there were some exciting finishes. The first race was the Year 3/4 girls, won by Aimee Healy from Margaret Roper, with Abbie Edie from Chipstead Valley 2nd and Maia Morrell for SLH 3rd. Woodmansterne won the team race, Margaret Roper 2nd place and Cumnor Girls 3rd. The year 3/4 boys was won by Jackson Stevens of Coulsdon CoE, but also of SLH, with Harry Coote and Pieter Ten Cate from Smitham taking 2nd & 3rd. Margaret Roper won the team race with Woodmansterne 2nd and Coulsdon CoE 3rd.
In the 5/6 girls’ race Phoebe Lyes of SLH won with Annice Kemp of Hayes but also SLH in 2nd, with Zoha Jetha - Cumnor Girls in 3rd. Woodmansterne won the team race with Margaret Roper 2nd and Coulsdon CoE 3rd. In the 5/6 boys race, in the closest finish of the day Felix Welsh of SLH won from Max Lorke for Gresham/SLH 2nd, with Noah Findell of Smitham/SLH 3rd, Jack Chaudhury for SLH 4th and Harry Sturgess running for The Hayes but SLH as well in 5th. St.Davids took the team race from The Hayes and Coulsdon CoE. An excellent morning and thanks to everyone that helped and make it run so smoothly.
The same day, Reigate Priory Park hosted the Surrey Schools XC Championships with many SLH members taking part. In the Year 7 girls Tabitha Welsh had a great run to finish 11th with Sophia Lorke 17th. In the Year 7 boys Brandan Morrell had a great run to finish 11th and Ian Cotton 40th. In the Junior girls race Katie Mooney was 34th with Li-Norah Flynn 49th and Ella-Grace Maynard 78th. Nick Smith had a great run in the Junior boys finishing 9th with Joe Seal coming back from a rugby injury in 24th. In the Inter-boys Nathan Sellick, recovering from a heavy cold/cough did well to make the start line and finished 46th. In the Inter girls race, Mary-Kate Flynn finished 41st. In the Senior girls race Deborah Cotton ran well to finish 20th and Hannah-Mai Flynn 24th. There were some excellent performances in the Senior boys race with James Lyne finishing 5th, securing his Surrey team place for the English Schools championships and Toby Phillips had a great run to finish 7th, with a chance of making the team for the English Schools. Henry Stiff ran well to finish 13th.
On Sunday we had the final fixture of the sportshall season at the Spectrum Guildford. The results have not come out yet, but our teams did very well. In the boys event there were fine performances by Seyi Bello, Deji Bello, Roel Guiaguin, Tate Williams, Myles Berryman, Asher Byrne, in the 2 and 4 lap races. Mason Owuso running for the first time this season won the 6th lap race looking very impressive and Felix Welsh, having won the year 5&6 boys race at Woodcote the day before, also in his first event did very well in the longer race and the 2 of them combined to win the 8 lap paarlauf.
The girls also did very well with Anna-Marie Agard, Olivia Dempsey-Street, Kyrah Francois, Phoebe and Annice Kemp, Thalia Kyriakou, Bella Mancuso and Rebecca Collins looking good in the 2 and 4 lap races and Katie Mooney and Tabitha Welsh doing very well in the 6 lap race and the 8 lap paarlauf. There were also good performances in the field events from both the girls and boys. There was a bit of sadness as 2 of our U15 girls were taking part in their last sportshall events. Amelia Clark and Ella Price have been the backbone of our U13 and U15 girls teams and both are very good athletes. Amelia was in the Surrey U13 girls teams that won the National Championships in 2015, and last year she captained the U15 girls Surrey Team. Ella has also competed at the National Finals and is a very successful combined events athlete. Both looked very impressive yesterday and they together with Seyi Bello, Katie Mooney and Mason Owuso are in the Surrey squads for this year’s inter-counties event.
A busy but successful weekend for our youngsters.
Young Athletes Uncover Pirie Bench on Farthing Down
For the last few weeks, some of the Junior A Squad have been doing long Sunday runs on Farthing Down, with two lap guided tours of the league course, plus extra hills to make 6-7 miles @ 7:45 pace. During our run last week, we discovered the Gordon Pirie bench looking worse for wear and completely overgrown. We therefore decided to resolve the problem the following week, prior to the home league. Hiding secateurs, gloves and Brasso by the bench, we set off for the two and a bit laps, finishing at the south cattle grid. A fast mile from the car park along the road @ 5:27 pace got us back to the bench. After 10 mins cutting back, the bench is visible and usable....but the Brasso made no impact on the many years of tarnish. In case people don't know, the bench is just ~50m up the course from the normal start, to the left of the route and backed onto a thicket and faces south west.... (L-R) in the 'After' photo below are Sam Sheppard, Nathan Sellick and Nick Smith.
Bruce Judd XC Relays
There were some excellent performances by our young athletes at the Bruce Judd Cross Country Relays held at Stoke Park Guildford on Saturday. Our U13 girls team of Iona Agius, Katie Mooney and Olivia Thompson all ran really well to take the bronze medals in a very competitive race. Olivia just missed out on running the fastest lap time by one second, Iona ran the 5th fastest time and Katie also ran a very strong leg. The U13 boys team of Brandan Morrell, Daniel Edwards and Joe Lawrence finished in 22nd place. We had 2 U15 girls teams competing and the A team of Peggy Winterborn, Amy Beattie and Ellie Osmond finished in 11th place and the B team of Li-Norah Flynn, Megan Lawrence and Mary-Kate Flynn finished in 16th place. The U15 boys team of Nick Smith, Thomas Porter and Nathan Sellick all ran very well to finish 9th.