Match Report MET League Ally Pally Cross Country 11th February

Wow…..what a great season. Large numbers in the younger age groups turning out and some fantastic running from the seniors has made this season a memorable one.

To run these events is challenging enough what with the good old English weather doing its best to stop you lot, but come rain or……rain you have turned out to represent your club and I am very proud of you all for this. It makes my job a hell of a lot easier when you arrive smiling before and…….mostly after each and every race.

The weather was at its worst for some time on Saturday. With the temperature not rising above 2 deg and sleet, rain and wind doing its best to destroy morale, it was great to see a good turnout to end the season on such a good note.

Starting St. Marys off were fine runs by two under 11s, followed by U13s, U15s and SM and SW.

The full results can be found on but I wanted to mention how well the U13 boys and girls have done this season. Managing a minimum of 4 runners in most races, it’s shown was quality we have coming through the club.

The overall standings for the year ended with the U13 boys finishing 4th overall out of 27 teams. An amazing achievement I’m sure you’ll agree. The U13 girls again out of 23 teams finished well up the leader board in 5th place. This is a great testament to the middle distance and endurance coaches at the club who train these youngsters week in week out.

Boys / Girls U11s

Charlie Brook and Harriet Wiltshire, both running the difficult 1.5k loop produced excellent runs between them. With Charlie struggling with a sore ankle he finished strongly running through the line into 15th position. Harriet producing a strong debut race finishing 19th and a magnificent 5th female.


Boys U13s

After a good warm up and with team photos taken it was down to Dominic Rhodes and Jonny Brook, both with a fantastic cross country season now behind them worked through the field for two laps of this wet and fast becoming muddy course. Dominic settling down on the first lap with the leading group and Jonny tucked in behind him, both ran very composed and confident races and with a fine push at the end finished the season in 5th position (Dom) and 7th position (Jonny) respectively. Both posing for photos afterwards I am sure as they step up to the next age group next year they will have nothing to fear. Great run guys…….


Girls U13s

With four girls on the start line Monica Deakin, Jemima Bentley and Evie Woolman and recently joined Ruby Newell, all took to the line in a pack together. Working hard throughout the race all the girls climbed places and with a strong battle towards the end of the second loop to the finish, they all ran in within 10 places of one another. Positions on the day were Monica 28th, Jemima 29th, Ruby 33rd and Evie 37th. A fantastic battle by all the girls and a big well done from me……


Boys U15s/U17s

It was Joshua Poncia who after helping me set the Gazebo up, was the first of the upper age group youngsters to tackle the dreaded Ally Pally hill. With a long steep climb of 75m and a sharp turn left / right upto the Palace, Joshua worked hard and was rewarded with 36th and 25th position age grade. As an U15 at the lower end of the age group racing against U17s its been a good learning curve and will certainly help his track season no doubt come April. Well done mate…


Girls U15s/U17s

Imogen Deakin and Helena Samarasinghe always race well together and Saturday was no exception. Again like Joshua, having to climb the Ally Pally hill and racing U17s also, both ran very very good races and with positions changing over the two laps it was difficult to call who would come out on top on this occasion. Upto the finish line first Imogen had the edge running into 17th and 9th position for her grade. Helena just outside the top ten but neither the less another good run by her to finish 21st and 12th age grade. Its been a pleasure to cheer you on this year girls…..


Senior Women

Once again flying the flag for the women was Bryony Deakin who gave another steady performance. Finishing strongly and with the lure of a Met League towel handed out to all finishers ran into 56th position and 5th age grade out of a large field of 170. Thank you for all your hard work and efforts over the season…..


Senior Men

It’s scary how Darren Franks turned up and was looking forward to running 8k and climbing the hill 3 times….and he didn’t disappoint either. Running really well and finishing 259th and a brilliant 29th in age grade. Time to throw away those cross country spikes now and buy yourself a pair for the track, I am looking forward to many great runs this season from you ha ha …. no pressure there then!!


Photos on the day can be found on Twitter @smrac1


Given the great performances by all, I’d like to express my thanks to all for turning up and competing.


I am now off for a rest…….but will still be around the club and supporting you all throughout the track season.

Take care all…….






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