Following their success at recent southern and national events and in advance of next week’s National Cross Country Relays at Mansfield, our young athletes’ teams continued their medal success at the Bruce Judd Surrey Relays at Stoke Park.
In the under 13 girls race our Southern Cross Country Relay champions from Wormwood Scrubs secured a comfortable victory. The ever improving Eva Holland led the way on leg one running an excellent 8.02 for a clear first place in what turned out to be fourth quickest time of the day. Layla Wilkinson maintained the lead with an 8.17 leg and Maisie Collis produced a very good final leg running 7.59 to secure another victory. Maisie’s time was ranked equal second on the day just one second behind the fastest leg.
Our under 17 women are proving to be one of our strongest squads. Our A team won by more than a minute with very consistent running from all team members. Olivia Stillman finished third on first leg with a 7.48 split followed by Eimear Griffin who took the team into the lead with her 7.40 leg and Katie Balme completed the team with an excellent solo run in 7.41. In a non-scoring B team that finished third Mollie O’Sullivan ran a superb first leg clocking 7.28 the second quickest overall followed by Tatiana Cooke 8.21 and Jemima Hayward-Bhikha, 8.45. Such is our strength in this age group that in addition to Mollie’s second quickest overall, Eimear and Katie posted third and fourth quickest times.
The under 13 boys team were also hoping to repeat their victory of the previous week, but on this occasion were just beaten by a very strong Aldershot team, who had been second behind our boys at the National Road Relays. Benjamin Harrison led off with a 7.31 opening leg for third place, and was followed by Jaden Kennedy who ripped through into first place with the quickest leg in his race 7.02. Jacob Harrison completed the team with a 7.24 leg. Our B team were ninth with Christo Chilton running 7.48.
The under 15 girls finished in third place. Clarissa Holland finished first leg in tenth place running 8.22. Rosie Hammond ran a strong second leg to bring the team up to third place with 8.02 and was followed by Lulu King with an 8.10 final leg. Our under 15 boys also secured third place including a big welcome back to Oscar Millard. Mohammed Ali led off with an opening 7.19 leg followed by Oscar Millard with a 7.08 leg which was eighth quickest overall and Jacob Alley 7.30.
In Brockwell Park the following day, Harriers hosted the eighth annual Emer Casey Memorial London 10k road race. As usual the smooth race organisation was matched by leading performances as Herne Hill runners Sean Fitzpatrick and Natasha Lodge claimed the race wins, backed up by Jeff Cunningham and Dan Taylor completing the first three in the men’s race, with Kate Crawford and Karen Ellison ensuring a similar clean sweep for our ladies team.