Busy weekend for SLH
On Saturday 11th February the weekend kicked off with a very cold and snowy Women's Surrey XC League hosted by ourselves at Happy Valley. Despite the weather over 340 women started the senior race with a few dropping out after the first lap. Mary James was never out of the top 10 and finished 6th in Division 1, Lee Pearce was 10th, Jo Vickers 22nd and Rachel Coe O'Brien 24th. Unfortunately April Welsh had to drop out leaving Beckie Chapman to complete the team in 76th. there were another 9 finishers to back up the team that emerged as champions over the 4 races. Well done ladies!
And well done to Olivia Thompson who won the U/13 Girls race and Katie Mooney who came 19th. A pity that they did not have more team mates for support in our home fixture. Unfortunately Ellie Osmond, our lone representative, had a bad fall and could not finish the U/15 race.
Over at Wimbledon Common our Senior Men and Young Athletes enjoyed slightly better conditions but there was still a lot of mud. In the Boys race, Nick Smith was our first U/15 home in 10th.place, Henry Stiff our first U/17 in 12th and Brandon Morrell our first U/13 in 46th place.
The Senior Mens team was depleted by injuries and finished 6th. We have not managed to replicate our win in the first fixture but have remained competitive with the available resources. Joe Croft had a great run to finish 8th, Tom Higgs was 17th but our only other runners in the top 50 were Ryan Evans scoring 37th and Gary Laybourne 41st. Other scorers were Andy Tindall (V55), Alex Ramsires (successful first season), James Lyne (U20), Dylan Wymer (getting fitter by the day), Gareth Parr (serial racer) and Matt Chapman (had to score to equal Beckie's achievement).
On Sunday Alison Collins, Leslie Mill and Joanna Paterson competed in the South of England Masters Indoor Championships at Lee Valley. Lesley and Jo won gold in their age group 800m and Alison got gold in her 400m.
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.
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.