CROSS COUNTRY NEWS

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.

 Lawrie James wins Boxing Day Handicap:

Over 40 members and friends contested the traditional course over Happy Valley. Astute handicapping by Francis Upcott ensured that the majority of runners finished within a two 2 minute window but an exceptional run by Lawrie meant that he finished well ahead of second place, Sam Wilson with Ethan Van Huyssteen in third. Fastest run of the day was by James Lyne in 11.52. Pictures are in Event Photos.

Congratulations to our young athletes selected to represent Surrey at the SEAA  Inter Counties at Oxford on Saturday 8th Dec, with nine Boys/Junior Men selected. The U13 boys Surrey team took gold, with Conrad Norman in a tremendous run finished 11th and Matthew Pickering finished strongly in 15th both making the scoring team. Luke Danby also ran well to finish 36th. Felix Vaughan had a good run in the U15 boys race, finishing 3rd  and the team took silver. Jacob Harrison, in his first race since joining SLH, finished 80th  was a bit under the weather, but will surely gain from the experience and do well in the championship races coming up. Sam Sheppard finished 33rd in the U17M and was the 5th Surrey scorer. Three other U17M were a bit off their best, with Jack Burton 83rd, Harley Norman 84th and Nick Smith 88th. Katie Mooney won her first Surrey vest in the U15 girls race and finished 47th. Katie will also gain from the experience and come out stronger in the races to come later this season.   

Slightly further afield we had young athletes competing for Surrey Schools at the Schools Inter counties in the West Midlands. In really tough conditions with lots of mud and driving rain Brandan Morrell was 34th in the Junior boys’ race. In the Junior girls race Tabby Welsh was 60th and Maddie Vickers was 69th.  In the Intermediate boys race Owen Waite finished 50th.

Well done on all on their selection and performances in tough conditions.

 

We had 2 junior teams competing in the English Cross Country relays at Berry Hill Park Mansfield on Saturday.

 

Our U13 boys finished 14th out of 88 team which was a great result. They were led off by Matthew Pickering who ran 7.01.70. Noah Findell ran the second leg and in his first major championships ran well to finish in 8.04.30. Conrad Norman ran another solid leg after his tremendous run the in the Bruce Judd relays the previous week and brought the team home with a time of 7.10.75.

Our U17men, in a very classy field, finished 30th out of 75 teams. Sam Sheppard led us off with a run of 9.26.90, Harley Norman ran the second leg finishing in 9.48.05, and Jack Burton ran the last leg in 10.14.60. This was the first time we have taken part in these relays so well done to all the boys and thank you to Guy for organising the teams on the day.

Nearer home we had the first Primary School races at Woodcote High School on Saturday. Blessed with a beautiful morning we had 219 finishers across the 4 races. Our youngsters did very well Charlotte Chaudhury stormed round the Years 3&4 girls race to win and Erin Magill was 3rd. It was a great to see Aaron Morrell step out of the shadows of his older siblings and win the year 3&4 boys race in a very close finish. Scarlett Nimako lead from start to finish in the Years 5&6 girls race and had a great run. Daniel Owen who trains with Kay Thoburn at Crystal Palace won the Years 5&6 boys race with a very good run and it was great to see Pieter Ten Cate challenging in a close finish for second with Samuel Little who trains with Jill Lula at Crystal Palace in 3rd. It was a really good morning of racing with great parental support. Thank you to all the helpers who made it run so smoothly and we look forward now to the next race on the 19th January 2019.