CROSS COUNTRY NEWS

INTER-COUNTIES XC

Congratulations to our athletes competing for Surrey in the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships at Loughborough on Saturday 9th. March. In the U13 boys race there were excellent runs by  Christo Chilton who  finished 7th, Conrad Norman in  8th and Matthew Pickering 31st and the boys were part of the Surrey team that took the gold medals. Felix Vaughan running for the U15 boys team finished 28th and was part of the team that took bronze medals. Julia Tomzcak had a very good run finishing 15th in the U20 ladies race, and the Surrey team took silver medals. Katie Mooney running in her first Inter-Counties championship finished 105th in the U15 girls race. Well done to all our athletes. 

 

 SLH TEAM GOLD AT NATIONAL XC CHAMPS

HAREWOOD HOUSE, LEEDS 23RD FEBRUARY 2019.

In the stunning setting of Harewood House, and in spring sunshine we had a brilliant National Cross Country Championships. Our U13 boys team took gold with a great team performance. Conrad Norman lead the team home with an amazing  run to finish 6th, new recruit Christo Chilton ran strongly for 19th place, Matthew Pickering continued his excellent season finishing 28th, and Luke Danby who has another year in this age group finished an excellent 49th to close the scoring team.  Max Read in his first National Championship also ran well finishing 195th. There were 408 finishers.

Our U15 boys team also did so well to take bronze medals led home with a solid run by Felix Vaughan in 29th place, next Jacob Harrison had a great run to finish 35th, his brother Ben was next home in 52nd place, and Dillon Quirici in 71st position completed the scoring team. Katie Mooney had a great run in the U15 girls race to finish in 55th place with Tabby Welsh battling hard for 244th position. Maisie Gibbins started the race but unfortunately had to pull out with a hamstring problem. Jack Burton ran well in the U17 mens race to finish in 155th place. James Lyne had the goal of finishing in the top 60 in the Junior mens race and ran very strongly to finish 57th. What a great day for our junior athletes.    

 

 

SEAA XC Championships

There were some excellent performances by our junior athletes at the South of England cross country championships art Parliament Hill on the 26th January 2019. The conditions were reasonably dry under foot and the weather was very overcast but not too cold. 

The U15 boys got the morning off to a great start finishing 3rd and taking bronze medals.  They were led home by Felix Vaughan who finished 9th, with new recruit Dillon Quirici finishing 32nd, Jacob Harrison 38th and  Ben Harrison in 86th place who completed to scoring team.  Martin van Domselaar finished 207th. Next off were the U13 girls. The team finished 34th lead home in 108th place by Eva Maignan, with Annice Kemp in 125th, Laila Morrell in 256th and Samantha Moon in 312th place. These young ladies are all first year U13s so will gain a lot from the experience. In the U13 boys race Conrad Norman had a great run to finish 9th, as did Matthew Pickering in 20th place.  Tom Harmer ran strongly for 97th place and Max Lorke completed the scoring team in 149th position and the team finished 11th. Max Read unfortunately got spiked, the second time in a race this season, and did well to finish in 160th place.  Katie Mooney continued her great season finishing 28th in the U15 girls race. Maisie Gibbins ran well to finish  102nd with Sophia Lorke just behind her in 104th place. Owen Waite ran well in the U17 mens race to finish 195th with Alfie England in his first South of England Championships finishing 225th. James Lyne had a strong race in the U20 mens competition finishing in 49th position. Parliament Hill is always a testing course so well done to all our youngsters who did so well.

It was a very busy weekend as on Sunday we had the last Sportshall fixture of the season at the Guildford Spectrum. We had 27 competing across the U13 and U15 age groups. The results are not available at the moment but there were some standout performances. Deji Bello looked awesome winning the U13 boys 2 lap race and the shot, and anchoring our relay teams to narrow wins. Mason Owusu-Dellimore looked equally dominant winning the 4 lap race convincingly and the triple jump. Both are provisionally the individual winners of the U13 and U15 boys categories. Deji and Mason  will undoubtedly be in the Surrey team for the regional Sportshall final at the end of February, and Gemma Rainsford, Evie Nimako and Maryam Jarra also have a chance of making the Surrey team in the U13 girls. It was sad to see Katie Mooney competing in her last Sportshall competition as next year she will be too old, but she finished on a high when her and Maddie Vickers ran really well in the 8 lap paarlauf to beat some very strong teams from Herne Hill and Guildford.  It was a great afternoon of competition and our youngsters did SLH proud.    

 

SURREY CHAMPIONSHIPS

We had our most successful Surrey Cross Country Championships for a number of years winning medals in all the male categories and our girls/ladies also doing very well.

In a very dry Lloyd Park in Croydon the first race off was the U13 boys and what a start we had with the team winning gold and Conrad Norman storming home in second place, Matthew Pickering just missing out on the bronze medal finishing in 4th, Luke Danby having a very strong race to finish 7th, and Tom Harmer having a very good run to finish in 28th to complete the scoring team. Felix Welsh finished 30th, Max Lorke 53rd, Sam Willson 63rd, Max Read 64th, Jack Chaudhury 66th, Ethan van Huyssteen 69th and Daniel Hickin 93rd.  The boys were followed by the U13 girls. Many of them are first year U13s and running in their first country championships so it was quite a challenge but there were some good performances and they will surely benefit from the experience next time round. First home and having an excellent run was Eva Maignan, Annice Kemp was next in 45th place, Phoebe Kemp 63rd and Erin O’Connor completed the scoring team in 74th place and the team finished 8th. Laila Morrell was 75th Ella Greenaway 77th, and Samantha Moon 78th.

The next race was the U15 boys and Felix Vaughan looked very impressive winning the race and taking gold. Jacob Harrison was next to finish in 22nd place with his brother Ben in 37th and Martin van Domselaar completed the scoring team in 53rd place and the team took bronze medals.  Sam Osmond finished in 68th place.

The boys were followed by the U15 girls sporting white and maroon hair ribbons. Katie Mooney had a great race finishing in 4th place with Maisie Gibbins also running very well to finish 16th. Sophie Lorke was next to finish in 29th place with Tabby Welsh completing the scoring team in 31st place and the team finished in 5th place. Maddie Vickers was next home in 47th, Gabriella Thoburn in 67th and Roisin Sharma 70th.

The U17 boys were next up and Sam Sheppard had an excellent run to finish 4th, with Harley Norman running well in 13th, Nick Smith also finishing strongly in 16th and Jack Burton finishing 22nd to complete the scoring team which took bronze. Owen Waite had a solid run in 32nd, and Alfie England finished 46th. In the U20 race we took team silver with Henry Stiff having a good run to finish in 15th place, fighting all the way to the line with Gianluca Ercolano in 16th, and George Tovey completed the scoring team in 26th place. Julia Tomzcak who has had injury problems looked back to her best winning the U20 ladies race with an excellent run. An excellent championships for our junior teams. The senior men also had their most successful championship for some time taking team bronze medal.