Nat. Inter-Counties - England Calling
South London Harriers had several athletes representing their counties at this event over the weekend. There were some incredible results starting with Olivia Thompson's superb run to finish less than 30s behind the winner in 12th place overall in the U/13 girls event, second scorer for the Surrey team who were 1st.
Olivia and the gold medal winning Surrey team
Next up was James Lyne in the U/17 Men's race, where he finished in 80th place and 3rd for the Surrey team. In the junior Men's race, SLH were well represented on the 2nd placed Surrey team by Tom Holden and William Bardsley. Tom was 15th overall and 3rd scorer, with William putting in an excellent effort to beat his team rival Neil Wellard, taking the 4th scoring slot and finishing in 24th overall.
In the senior women's race, Jess Chen, scoring 3rd for the Hampshire team, finished in 35th overall, which after her recent run at the National XC Championships must surely confirm she is coming back to form.
However, the standout performance of the day must go to Steph McCall, whose season thus far has been one of continual improvement and achievement and has justifiably been topped off by finishing in 6th place overall, leading in the Surrey team to take 3rd team position.
Steph leading out her Surrey team mates
Not only that but her performance has earned Steph a call up to the England squad competing at next weekend's home countries international in Edinburgh. Now that is something to truly celebrate and noone can deny it is well deserved. CONGRATULATIONS, STEPH!
If anyone wanted to see how to finish a race, there is a video of Steph's finish here (Note: it is on Facebook so may require SLH group access to view):
END of SEASON SUPPER
Over 80 members, parents and friends attended the Supper on Saturday evening (9th April). Following the meal and raffle the awards were presented to Young Athletes, Senior Men and Senior Women.
Anne Roden highlighted the performances of the Young Athletesand presented awards for Surrey League, Sportshall, Woodcote XC races and the two Runners of the Year - Olivia Thompson and Alex Lyne.
Ryan Evans presented the Pollack Hill cup to Gareth Parr, first home in the Southern XC Champs and the Captain's runner of the year was Joe Croft.
Jake Clausen gave a resume of the Women's performances and Natalie Gentry presented the Captain's runner of the year award to Steph McCaul.
Points winners announced by John Foss were to Nigel Bush and Pam Iannella.
Our President, Mick Mein, presented Steph McCaul with the club Honours Badge for her performances in the Southern, Nationals and for gaining England selection.
Steve Rigby, Chairman, presented Anne Roden with a floral arrangement for her work in organising the event.
PICTURES in Event Photos
Primary Schools' XC Races - 19/03/2016
We had a great finish to the primary schools cross country league at Woodcote on Saturday. It was a dry morning but with a cold wind. The ground was really firm so the conditions were ideal for some competitive races.
The year 3&4 girls were the first to race. Phoebe Lyes running for South London Harriers made it 4 wins out of 4, but she was pushed all the way by Amy Healey of Margaret Roper in 2nd and Phoebe and Annice Kemp from The Hayes in 3rd and 4th. Phoebe took the overall 3&4 girls award with Fleur Coppack from St.Aidans in 2nd, and Annice Kemp of The Hayes in 3rd place.
Moving on to the 3&4 boys Noah Findell of Smitham made it 3 wins out of 4 but again he was pushed all the way by Jack Chaudrey running for South London Harriers in 2nd and Alex Matthews of Atwood in 3rd place. Noah took the overall 3&4 boys award from Jack with Jack Mitchener of Margaret Roper in 3rd place.
Sophia Lorke of Gresham had a great run in the 5&6 girls race winning from Faye Tucker of St.Aidans in 2nd and Glenda Dodoo of Atwood in 3rd. Sophia missed one of the races so the overall 5&6 girls award went to Faye, with Talisha Crawford of Atwood in 2nd and Harriet Martin of Woodmansterne in 3rd place.
The last race, 5&6 boys, saw Brandon Morrell running for South London Harriers make it 4 wins out of 4 with another great run, and he was followed home by Ben Grant of St. Davids in 2nd place with Mason Owuso-Akaeyu of Smitham in 3rd. Brandan took the overall 5&6 boys award, with Felix Murphy of Coulsdon C of E in 2nd place and Kristian Taylor also of Coulsdon in 3rd.
Turning to the team races, The Hayes won the year 3&4 girls league with Woodmansterne in 2nd place and Cumnor Girls in 3rd. The 3&4 boys title also went to The Hayes with Margaret Roper in 2nd place and Woodmansterne in 3rd. The 5&6 girls title went to Gresham with Cumnor girls in 2nd and Woodmansterne in 3rd place. The 5&6 boys award went to a very strong St. Davids team, with Coulsdon C of E in 2nd place and Woodmansterne in 3rd.
The Mark Burtwell award for the overall winning school was retained by Woodmansterne.
Close to 300 young athletes contested the last fixture and we have had similar numbers at the previous events. It has proved very popular with the schools and despite the fierce competition is run in a very friendly inclusive way.
A big thank you to all the members and parents who have made the league such a success.
At Crystal Palace Olivia Thompson continued her outstanding winter season with 3rd place in the British Schools U13 girls Biathlon Championships. Olivia had a tremendous run in the 1600m running the 2nd fastest time of 5.28.02. I look forward to seeing her take this form on to the track this season. Congratulations Olivia.
Busy weekend for SLH
It has been a very busy weekend for the club. Close to home on Farthing Downs we had the annual school races with the primary schools in the morning and the senior schools in the afternoon. We were blessed with a beautiful spring day which definitely helped proceedings.
In the morning the year 3&4 girls race was won by Phoebe Lyes running for SLH followed home by Annice Kemp running for her school the Hayes. In 3rd place was Fleur Coppack running for South London Harriers. The year 3&4 boys race was a very close affair with Noah Findell running for Smitham just winning from Christopher Finch representing Regina Coeli followed home by Max Lorke running for Gresham.
Sophia Lorke running for Gresham won the year 5&6 girls race from Lucy Finch of Regina Coeli with Aisling Davies also of Regina Coeli in 3rd. Felix Murphy running for Coulsdon CofE school had a great run winning the year 5&6 boys race, with Ben Ampstead of St.Mary’s in 2nd and Ben Grant of St.Davids in 3rd.
In the team competitions the Hayes were the year 3&4 girls winners. Coulsdon CofE took the year 3&4 boys title. In the year 5&6 competitions Regina Coeli took the girls award and St.Davids with a very low score having 4 of their runners in the top 6 winning the boys award.
Moving on to the afternoon there were some really good runs by the boys from Guy Holdens group. In the U14 race Joe Seal had a great run finishing in 3rd place, Harry Smith was 5th, George Thomas 6th, Nicholas Smith 8th, Thomas Porter 10th, Alfie Smith 11th and Nathan Sellick 12th. Gianluca Ercolano was 4th in the U16 race.
As mentioned elsewhere, further afield in Birmingham at the Inter-counties South London Harriers featured highly in the very successful Surrey County teams. Olivia Thompson running in her first inter-counties finished 12th and second scorer in the gold medal winning U13 girls team. In the Junior mens race Tom Holden had a fine run to finish in 15th position and William Bardsley ran really well to finish in 24th position and they were both part of the team that took silver only 2 points off of taking the gold medals. James Lyne was 3rd scorer for Surrey in the U17 boys race. Finally our Steph McCall had the most amazing run to take 6th place in the senior womens race and was the first home for the Surrey team who took bronze medals. It really has been a breakthrough season for Steph and she has been rewarded with and England vest for an international race next weekend. We all wish her the very best.
On Sunday morning on Epsom Downs there was a great run by Brandan Morrell in the U11 race in the Downs League where he finished in 5th place his best position this competition, and in the U13s race Owen Waite finished really strongly and was rewarded with 15th place which was also his best for the season. The winter training with Ray Thompson is proving very effective.
A very successful couple of days for South London Harriers