Metropolitan Cross Country League 13th Oct 2018 fixture 1 – another fine win for Skye Bishop

Start Fitness Metropolitan Cross Country League Race 1, Claybury Park, Saturday 13th October 2018

Young Athletes

Getting TVH at the front in the Under 11 races was a great start to the new season.                                                                                                          Reggie Rock was always in the leading group and when it broke up he finished 3rd of 42 finishers. Unfortunately our other starter, Louis Moore, twisted his ankle and was unable to finish.

In the under 11 Girls race we had our only winner of the day.  Skye Bishop has made a great start to the road and cross country season and took the lead early on at Claybury, and finished strongly for a comfortable win ahead of the other 33 girls in the race.

In the under 13 Boys race it was once again the Rock family who represented the Valley. Morris is running very well at the moment and his 10th place out of the 47 finishers was a very good result.    Our numbers doubled in the under 13 Girls race. Sasha Mueller is getting back to race fitness and is hoping to run in all the Met fixtures this season. Her 18th place was a good start to the season. Behind her, Amelia Seaton was also well placed with her 26th place out of 50 finishers.

With two new members in the U15/U17 Boys race, it was the more experienced Charlie Rollo who was our first boy home. He was 42nd out of 94 finishers. Will Palmer was using the race to help him get fit and although starting steadily, he found the second lap hard suffering with cramp. Also doing well, Joseph Nixon started sensibly and move up on the second lap to almost catch Will as they finished in 70th and 73rd positions.

In the U15/U17 Girls race, Jasmine Palmer in her first cross country for the club was a magnificent sixth, showing great promise for the future. She was the third under 15 in the race and only one second behind fifth place who was also under 15. Niamh Murphy was also having a good race and her 12th place out of 53 finishers which was a good performance. Another fine run came from Olivia Colegrave who finished 18th and got the better of Melina Duer. Zenia Gordon was our 5th finisher in 34th place but Capucine Rousset was not well and in the very hot conditions she had breathing problems and was unable to finish.


Many of the 200+ field in the women’s 6km race also struggled with the very warm and humid conditions, unfortunately including Rosie Vallance.  Many thanks to team manager Siana Jones for dropping out of the race to look after Rosie until medical assistance arrived and thankfully Rosie was given the all clear later that day.

Although apologising for not being fit,  Steph Ainley finished in a very respectable 11th place, followed by Lisa da Silva in 21st and Kate Olding in 34th place to help the women’s team to 7th place in Division 1.

The men’s race started 45 mins late, by which time it had started to cool down a little and Hugo Cayssials had a strong run to finish in  18th place of the nearly 500 finishers and Chris Thomas had who had been ill in the days before the race did very well to hold on to 30th place. U20 athlete Abdi Mohamed took a different approach, starting cautiously and finishing very strongly in 38th place. With veteran Andrew Mitchell, Ollie Newton and Daniel Garcia-Rasines also well inside the top 100, the team finished in 6th place in Division 1.   


U11 Boys 1.5km –     3   Reggie Rock  5:39      42 Finishers

U11 Girls 1.5km –     1   Skye Bishop   5:47      34 Finishers

U13 Boys  3km –    10   Morris Rock   11:47     47 Finishers

U13 Girls  3km –    18   Sasha Mueller  13:14,                                                                                                 26   Amelia Seaton  13:44    49 Finishers

U15/U17 Boys 4km  –   42  Charlie Rollo      16:19                                                                                                70  William Palmer   17:49                                                                                               73  Joseph Nixon      17:58       94 Finishers

U15/U17 Girls 4km  –    6       Jasmine Palmer    17:01                                                             12       Niamh Murphy    17:35                                                                                         18       Olivia Colegrave 17:54                                                                                       21       Melina Duer        18:03                                                                                        34       Zenia Gordon      19:39     Team 4th   53 finishers

Women’s Results

Race PositionTime
11    Stephanie Ainley24:06:00
21    Lisa Da Silva24:49:00
34    Katie Olding25:40:00
99    Lara Scerri29:31:00
111  Fran Lou29:55:00
161  Kirstie Tew32:46:00
201  Maryna Voloshyna 36:25:00
229  Christine Munden44:02:00

Senior Women Division 1 :  7. TVH, 141 points.

Veteran Women Division 2 :  6. TVH, 77 points.

Men’s Results

Race PositionTime
18    Hugo Cayssials27:03:00
30    Chris Thomas27:48:00
38    Abdiqadir Mohamed28:12:00
75    Andrew Mitchell29:28:00
76    Oliver Newton29:29:00
82    Daniel Garcia-Rasines29:35:00
105  Todd Oates30:30:00
109  Calum Nicol30:34:00
114  Fergus Johnson30:42:00
188  Jack McKeon 32:26:00
223  Ian Napier33:37:00
240  Greg Bennett34:04:00
288  Manuel Da Silva35:29:00
292  Christian Nielsen35:34:00
293  Jibrel Ahmed35:37:00
308  James Malcolm36:04:00
356  Matt Ponting37:27:00
377  Richard Bell38:05:00
406  Simon Nixon39:40:00
417  David Ford40:18:00
444  Lawrence Tse42:11:00