South of England XC Championships
Whilst not at full strength, we had some excellent performances at the South of England XC champs held at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday 30th. January. As usual it was muddy underfoot but the rain held off and it was not too cold for the spectators. The courses were slightly modified due to earthworks but were certainly no easier. Notable successes were Olivia Thompson (above) 11th Under 13 Girl,
James Lyne (above) 25th Under 17 Boy and Steph McCall (below) 5th Senior Woman
The women's team (Steph, Mary James, Rachel Coe O'Brien and Natalie Gentry) came a creditable 10th place. Joe Lawrence (below) was our only Under 13 Boy whilst Olivia was supported by Iona Agius, Katie Mooney and Megan Lawrence. Unfortunately Kevin Quinn had to drop out of the men's race and our first man home was Gareth Parr (below) in 333th place. Well done to all those who ran and represented the club.
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Surrey XC Championships
The Surrey Cross Country Championships were held on Sunday 10th January at Denbies in Dorking, We had a good turnout in all age groups and came away with several medals:
Girls U13 Bronze: Olivia Thompson (below with team mates)
Men U20 Silver: Tom Holden (above). Team silver: Tom Holden, William Bardsley, Tom Higgs.
Senior Women Silver: Steph McCall (above). Team bronze: Steph McCall, Natalie Gentry, Rachel Coe O'Brien, Jo Vickers.
News from further afield
Whilst many Irrepressibles were thundering through the mud of Denbies, Ben Coldray, who joined SLH last summer, tested himself in the BMC Open indoor meeting at Sheffield on 10th January, finishing in 6th place in the Men's 3000m A race with an excellent PB of 8:14.98, a fantastic start to the year for Ben - plenty more to come.
Also in action recently was Tom Holden, running for Loughborough Students, who came 17th in the Birmingham League Div 1 XC race held at Coventry on 16th January. It's good to see Tom keeping his hand in (or should that be feet) ready for his next opportunity to represent SLH.
SLH Girls shine
Three young athletes, Amelia Clark, Jessica Goveia Slatter and Ella Price, represented SLH at the South of England Indoor Combined Events Championships at Lea Valley on Sunday 20th December. Coming off the back of just two indoor training sessions at David Weir and competing indoors for the very first time all three athletes did amazingly well.
All three girls scored a personal best in the 60m hurdles as it was a hurdles distance they had not done before. On top of that Jess achieved three further p.b.s from the remaining four events and Ella and Amelia both got another two p.b.s each. Jess took her high jump best to 1m 44cm, added 50cm to her shot best and gave us the most exciting race to cheer in the 800m where she overtook to go 2nd with 150m to go and then sprinted into first place in her heat with 25m to go and a new best by 3 seconds.