Match Report MET League Trent Park Cross Country 14th January
Possibly the worst week of weather to prepare for a cross country and a cold wet, sleeting morning saw only a handful of runners turn up to race for SMRAC. With great facilities, fine sunshine breaking through on a cold but clear day, those that made the 50min trip were returned with an excellent cross country course which I believe was the hardest yet for some time. With hills to finish and twists and turns throughout this really did test our athletes but they all performed superbly on the day.
Hosted by Trent Park club, and a return to the calendar this fixture didn’t disappoint.
Thanks as usual to Peter Crews for turning up and marshalling on the day, and staying late once the runners had finished to help with last minute packing up duties. Also to Joshua Poncia returning from illness who travelled to assist with the setup on the day, number distribution and general support to all on the course.
Boys / Girls U11s
A highly competitive race and with SMRAC challenging well, Dominic Rhodes 8th, Louis Cummings 18th, Jonny Brook 21st repeating their finishing order from the scrubs, producing excellent performances fighting to the last hill to gain every place they could. I am super proud of these guys for consistently running so well.
With four girls on the start line Ella Fryer, Monica Deakin, Jemima Bentley and Evie Woolman, they all worked very hard throughout. Ella finishing again in the top 10 in 8th, with Monica chasing here down hard to finish 15th. Met League first timers Jemima and Evie did brilliantly and I suspect a bit of team running was had with a respectable 34th and 35th place finish for them both. So great to see new runners and I hope to see you two at Ally Pally J
U15s girls race was a close one and with just two running they both enjoyed a close fought battle. Helena Samarasinghe pulling away at the end to a fine 10th place overall and a superb 5th in U15 age group. Imogen Deakin carried on her fine season and followed closely in 16th overall and 11th place in the U15 age group. Superb running by both.
Once again flying the flag for the women was Bryony Deakin who gave the performance of the day to finish 63rd out of 193 athletes. Not only that she came 3rd in her age group. A brilliant 6k run and smile for the camera on route, it was a pleasure to cheer you on.
Lastly another huge field of men took to the start line over 400. Positions on the day in this 8k slog were, Ross Franks home in 169th, followed by his dad Darren Franks in 289th (26th V45), Jim Buckle 295th (26th V50), Ashley Grist 388th (44th V50) and Jon Crews 415th (46th V45). Great runs by all and I thank you for making the effort on the day, its very much appreciated.
All results can be found here http://www.metleague.co.uk/results
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 look forward to seeing you at the next last fixture of the year at Ally Pally on the 11th Feb.
We only require four per team to score so please coaches/parents and athletes, build on the success of todays racing meet and where possible try and compete.
I’d like to wish any athletes running in the Middlesex, Surrey schools, the southern good luck.