- Cross Country Results round-up
Congratulations to all of our young athletes who competed for Middlesex at the South of England Inter Counties championships at Oxford on Saturday 8th December, especially those making their county debuts. The performance of the day came from Charlotte Buckley, 6th place in the U17 Women’s race and second scorer in the winning Middlesex team. The Southern Masters championships also took place at Oxford with Steve Norris the highest placed finisher of the TVH athletes taking part.
Start Fitness Metropolitan League Fixture 3, Hillingdon, Saturday 1st December 2018
It was an eventful afternoon for TVH athletes in the 3rd Met League fixture at a wet and muddy Hillingdon House Farm course, with a crossing of the River Pinn making it even wetter. Our best result came in the Girls U15 / U17 race with Charlotte Buckley in 2nd place, Sarah Kebble on her Met League debut in 4th and Jasmin Palmer first U15 in 5th place with Melina Duer last scorer in 24th place with Niamh Murphy just behind her leading the ‘B’ team.
Another success was winning the Under 13 girls team race with Charlotte Edge back to form with her fine sixth place and Anna Kelly was also well placed in 11th spot and Olivia Sparks and Skyla Robertson running brilliantly for 15th and 16th places out of the 48 runners .
In the Women’s race Stephanie Ainley, relishing the tough conditions, had her best ever Met League result in 4th place out of 215 finishers, supported by Alex Mundell in 19th and Chloe Baker in 32nd the women’s team finished 5th and are well placed in mid-table in the League’s Division 1.
The TVH men also had a good result finishing 5th on the day and now 5th out of 10 teams in Division 1. The team had to battle hard for the result with three athletes dropping out with injuries and illness and Hugo Cayssials had his best cross country run for the club in 8th place, a great improvement on 19th at the first Met League fixture. Abdi Mohamed was also having a great run before falling and losing a shoe but still finished in 33rd place followed by Sayed Yusuf, Olivier Wijtenburg, Andrew Mitchell, Jake Hooley, Daniel Garcia Rasines and Calum Nicol all in the top 70.
The day started well in the Under 11 boys race, Reggie Rock was a great fourth out of the 59 runners and this time he had the back-up with some very fine runs by Louis Moore in ninth place and Wilf Howard-Vyse 10th. Ollie Seraj was also outstanding with his 16th place and Tommy Cogan was also well inside the top half in 23rd place.
The Under 11 Girls race was not so good; Skye Bishop, having won the first two Met League fixtures, set off at a tremendous pace and led the race into the next field but was sent the wrong way losing a great deal of time and rejoined at the back of the field. Molly McCormack also went off course but not as far as Skye. Credit to them that they both fought their way up through the girls in front and Molly got right up to fifth place. Skye, who had run further away than anyone else worked her way up to eighth. These were both tremendous runs by the girls but this was the second time that Skye has been let down by the marshals. At Welwyn she even recovered enough to win the race.
Once again we were short of a team in the Under 13 Boys race. Conrad Mathews did well to finish 19th and Dylan Bilboul has also improved and ran well for his 26th place.
In the Junior men’s race we at least had a full team. Unfortunately we had to wait for 50th place before we had a finisher. Basil Rock, 19th U15, finished with a stitch then we had to wait until 75th before we had Aidan Ferrand finishing. Baqar Abamecha had a great finishing spurt, with his 800m training, to move up four places in the finish field and was eventually 76th. In 81st place Joseph Nixon is still improving and had 25 boys behind him.
Full results at ; https://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=253079
NW London Young Athletes Cross Country League – Trent Park Sat 24th November
Trent Park was cold but dry for the third fixture. The first race was the Under 11 Girls with Skye Bishop finishing a strong 2nd place. The Under 11 Boys and Under 13 Girls raced together with Reggie Rock making it look easy breaking away and winning in style race by 15 seconds with Louis Moore also impressive in 11th place.
TVH won the Under 13 Girls event with Anna Kelly a magnificent 3rd, Charlotte Edge 7th just 10 secs in front of Maya Sutaria and Olivia Sparks in 15th place. We only had one runner in the Under 13 Boys race, but Max Bishop is improving every race and ran well for 7th place out of 42.
Zenia Gordon also ran well for 11th place in the U15 Girls race and Basil Rock was our first finisher in 17th place in the U15 Boys race. Our Under 17 women all ran well to finish second team led home by Melina Duer in 4th place, Niamh Murphy 6th and Capucine Rousset 7th.