Firstly may I thank all of the runners who helped make the first race of the season a real success.
Hosted by Woodford Green Running club, The sun came out and the rain had held off, so it was difficult to digest this as the first cross country. Where was the mud….Making up for the lack of mud were steep hill climbs per lap, and on grass and woodland paths, with limited space in some areas, this made the course more than difficult to negotiate.
A change to the rulings this year with declarations and EA registration has made it a long process for me prior to race day so it was good to see many good performances on the day.
With Peter Crews taking up the volunteer’s role in the funnel finishing area the races started
In a combined boys and girls race we only had one runner Charlie Brook, running in what I think was his first cross country for the club, set the bar high superb overall position of 7th place. Upon receipt of the full results, within the boys category Charlie ran into a fantastic position of 6th boy home over the 1.5km distance. Well Done….
Next up at the start line the U13 boys 3km. Lining up for two laps were Louis Cummings who made a fashionable late entrance J , Jonny Brook and Stefan Von Solms who was competing in his first XC. All ran superbly and came home within 7 places of one another so a great club battle. Louis home in 12th, Stefan in 14th and Jonny in 18 out of a field of 56.
Starting the girls 3km race just after the boys finished Ella Fryer, Monica Deakin, Imogen Parker-Elms and Amalie Brok set off. All worked very hard throughout the race and the combined quartet finished a fine 4th place in the team event. Individual positions were Ella 5th, Monica 17th, Imogen 30th and Amalie 42nd. Great performances and a top 3 team finish is surely on for the girls soon……no pressure there!
The first 4km race of the day was hotly contested and with a good turnout in the combined race for the boys age groups of U15/U17. In the U15s, Joshua Poncia ran a fine opener to finish 20th overall and 9th in his age group with only 7 seconds separating 6th to 9th place. Ben Taylor running for the U17s finishing 88th and in his age group 61st. Ben looked to be enjoying his run far too much from the thumbs up in the pictures posted on the day J. Great run by both guys.
Only one girl turned out for the U15s and that was Imogen Deakin. Running in her first year in the U15s she was up against older athletes in both her age group and the U17s, however as per usual she didn’t disappoint and finished strongly in 26th position overall and 15th in her age group. A superb run as expected.
180 Senior Women turned out and both Kate Brook and Bryony Deakin performed really well on the day. Bryony finishing 76th and a fine 7th in her age group and with Kate finishing 126th and 10th in her respective age group, a fantastic run by both and setting the tone for the season with top 10 finishing!
472 (a meeting record) men turned out for a very congested start on the last race of the day. Harry Matthews ran exceptionally well to finish 29th!! In the SM. Second home was Ross Franks making his comeback for the club in 105th and with Vet Jon Taylor finishing 462nd. However Jons age grade category he finished a fine 44th so congrats to all.
Given the great performances by all, I’d like to express my thanks to all for turning up and competing.
I look forward to seeing you at the next fixture in Stevenage on 12th
We only require four per team to score so please coaches/parents and athletes, build on the success of the first meet and where possible try and compete.
Out of the entire club just 16 athletes turned up….Hopefully at the next meeting we can increase our entries
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