Wow, what a cold day, the rain held off but the bite in the air made it a cold cold day for all runners. With the wind swirling at open points on the course, every runner that turned out showed true grit and determination on the day.
Hosted by Thames Valley Harriers club, and being the nearest to St. Marys, the clubs younger members came out in force with a record number of U13 boys attending and all racing well.
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. All EA numbers are now submitted to the Met League Admin and so once the provisional results are updated, all SMRAC find the best online casinos runners scores will count.
Thanks as usual to Peter Crews for turning up and staying late once the runners had finished to help with last minute packing up duties
Boys / Girls U11s
In this race we didn’t manage any runners
A huge field of runners today and with 8 runners we managed to get two scoring teams. In a highly competitive race the top ten runners were separated by just over a minute. With three in the top ten and with our fourth runner in the top 20 the guys secured 1st place in the overall team event winning by 19 points. Making up the second team a thoroughly respectable 11th place was secured out of 19 scoring teams. A fantastic achievement. Order of finishers as follows, Dominic Rhodes 4th, Louis Cummings 6th, Jonny Brook 10th, Kabir Sait 17th, Matthew Tyas 20th, Joshua freer 30th, Freedie Bate 36th and Rio Lobo 52nd. With some of those running their first XC for SMRAC it was great to see such determination the team.
With only three girls on the start line Ella Fryer, Monica Deakin, Imogen Parker-Elms all worked very hard throughout the race and the combined trio finished a fine 3rd place in the team event. With an extra runner we may have even been able to aim higher given the points difference being so tight with the first two teams. Individual positions were Ella 4th, Monica 8th, Imogen 29th. Great performances by all the girls and all three managed to improve on their previous race positions so great running by all.
Let’s see if we can get more girls on the start line and challenge for the top team places
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 well but with a cold on its way looked a little jaded in the second half of the race, however a strong finish saw him run in 42nd and 21st in his age group. Ben Taylor running for the U17s finished 71st overall and also 21stin his age group so a brilliant run race in such chilly conditions for Ben.
We really need to improve on the numbers competing for SMRAC here. Ben and Joshua would love some company!!
U15s girls race was hotly contested and with a close battle to run in first for SMRAC, Imogen Deakin ran in strongly to finish a fantastic 25th overall on the day and 15th in her age group. Carla Novakovic was hot on her heals and with a fine run she was rewarded with 28th overall and 17th in her age group. For the U17s girls Josephine Grist running her first XC of the season raced extremely well into 39th Overall and 17th in her age group. A superb run as expected.
Only one woman today for SMRAC, it fell to ever dependant Bryony Deakin who performed really well in a field of 199. Bryony finishing 79th overall and placed a fine 6th in her age group. A fantastic run and taking her form into the new year a top 5 finish is well on the cards.
Lastly a fields worth of athletes turned out for the senior men 441 to be exact!!. Running home for SMRAC debutant Jim Buckle ran home first in 286th and 18th in his age category V45, Ravi Lobo was next in 312th and 44th in age category V40 after running Bushy Parkrun earlier in the day! Next Darren Franks came in 316th and age category 23rd in V45, next was Jon Crews 383rd and 37th in age category V45, Ashley Grist 389th and 35th in age category V50 and Jon Taylor finishing well in 415th and 42nd in age category V45. Well done to all
All results can be found here http://www.metleague.co.uk/
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 Trent Park on 14th Jan
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 you all a very merry Christmas and an enjoyable New Year. Mark Deakin will be looking forward to seeing you all back running if you are competing for Middlesex in the County champs on the 7th Jan at Hillingdon, as will Michelle Wiltshire for the Surrey team at Lloyd Park, Croydon also on the 7th Jan. If you wish to enter please contact them both respectively.