After some heavy rain the hilly course at Stanborough Park, our under 11 boys did TVH proud by packing three boys in the first eight finishers. George Kimble was fifth, closely followed by Henry Turner seventh and Reginald Rock eighth. New nine-year-old Ollie Seraj was having his first race and finished 30th out of the 41 runners. The team were a very close second, only two points behind Shaftesbury. Over the two races they are two points behind VP&TH.
We had two runners in the under 11 girls race and Skye Bishop once again did extremely well to finish eighth out of the 56 taking part. She was the third under 10 in the race. Her time was only 10 seconds slower than Reginald. Emma Hooley looked full of running at the finish and with more experience will improve on her 37th place.
Max Bishop was running after having stitches in a leg injury and will do better than 26th when he has regained his confidence. Unfortunately Morris Rock had a bad day and Jifar Ahmed stayed with him to get him over the line even though they were the last two home. In the under 15/17 boys race we only had Nelson Gordon running and he didn’t have his heart in it as a lone Valley runner and finished 53rd out of 79.
Our under 13 girls had a better day. With Charlotte Edge and Lily Dafter leading the field after the first lap, things looked good but Charlotte was beaten into second place by a girl who was a year older and although Lily was passed by a few girls she made a great effort at the finish to get fifth place. Zenia Gordon was not feeling 100 per cent but still fought all the way to finish 14th just ahead of Olivia Sparks who chased her home for 15th place. Mabel Salkeld also ran well for her 39th place..
As I mentioned last time, Melina Duer is definitely most at home in cross country events and this testing course was no exception. Her seventh place was her best result of the season so far. She was fourth u15. Last Met League she was one place in front of Niamh! Niamh Murphy didn’t have a bad run for 25th as there were only 13 u15 girls in front of her. Olivia Colerave also was in the top half of the field with her 30th place out of the 65 finishers. With Capucine 42nd and Lilly Salkeld 47th we were well represented.