SURREY LEAGUE DIV 1
A busy and cold day for runners and spectators alike. First off were the Women at Lloyd Park renewing their aquaintance with the course that many of them had run the previous Saturday in the County Champs. Our two leading ladies, Georgie Bruinvels (good to see her back second claim) and Steph McCaul were soon at the front with two others backed up by a great turnout by SLH women. After a hard 2 laps Georgie was a comfortable winner with Steph third well in front of the rest. The others in our scoring and winning 5 were Lee Pearce (18), Rachel Coe O'Brien (24) and Jo Vickers(25). With April 31st, Natalie 40th and Beckie 47th.we had 8 in the top 50. Great team win and the B team (including Katie Wills and Jen Duffy) came 10th. beating a lot of A teams.
Olivia Thompson won the U/13 Girls race leading the team to 4th place. Our only representative in the U/15 race was Ellie Osmond who came 18th.
Over at Mitcham Common the Young Athletes were off first and again went off course after the first small lap. At least everyone ran the same distance, just a bit further than planned. Our first 4 home in the U/15/17 were Nick Smith 15th, Henry Stiff 20th, Toby Phillips 22nd. and Callum Hockley 53rd gaining 3rd team place. Ben Carpenter was 28th in the U/13 race.
In the Men's race Tom Higgs was our lead runner for 2 of the 3 laps but Dan Gaffney did his usual pace perfect race to be our first finisher. Despite having 4 in the first 20 we were narrowly beaten into 5th place by Herne Hill. Team positions: Dan 12, Ryan 15, Tom 16, Joe 19, Gary 32, Pawel 45, Kristian 50, Andy Tindall 63, Mark Finbow 78, Gareth 104.
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.