Herne Hill Harriers’ U13 boys have been crew winners on the English Nationwide Cross Nation Championships on Saturday, writes Geoff Jerwood.
The membership additionally had three particular person top-10 placings on the occasion which was held at Bolesworth Fort, close to Chester.
The successful boys crew was led, as has usually been the case, by Caspian Holmes. He dropped a few locations after the primary 1.5km, which had lengthy, energy-sapping grass within the first 600m part of the course, however he held on nicely for a ninth-placed end.
Holmes was fantastically backed by Thomas Clerkin (seventeenth), Lucas Heath (thirty fourth) and Edward Cunniffe (thirty fifth).
The very best-placed particular person from the membership was Poppy Craig-McFeely, sixth within the U20 ladies’s race, main her crew to fourth place in an age class the place athlete retention is at its most tough.
Solely narrowly shedding out in fifth place close to the end, this was undoubtedly Cambridge College more energizing Craig-McFeely’s finest race up to now and a superb enchancment on her seventh within the Southern occasion a month earlier, with at the very least three British junior internationals in her wake.
Kaitlin Hewitt and Hebe Hunter are nonetheless in school, so are even youthful on this age group, however their forty seventh and seventieth positions confirmed nice maturity and closed a superb crew of three.
The U17 males’s crew have been sixth resulting from Robin Bebbington (forty first), Harry Bell (62nd), Alex Jack (63rd) and Fabien Whitelock (96th).
It was the same story for the seventh-placed U15 ladies crew, courtesy of Orla Carroll (forty fifth), Sophie Jack (53rd), Maeve Minielly (66th) and Lily Kitto (79th).
Yet one more Herne Hill athlete who completed in her prime 10 was cross nation and highway star Georgie Grgec, whose glorious ninth was the very best but achieved by a senior girl from the membership at these championships.
Regardless of feeling unwell within the construct as much as the race, Grgec dedicated to racing within the lead group on the primary lap and fought onerous to take care of her place within the closing phases. With crew captain Julia Wedmore in 112th, W40 Karen Ellison 127th and Natasha Lodge 136th the crew have been tenth general.
The U17 ladies have been twelfth with their scoring crew being Eva O’Hanlon (81st), Grace O’Hanlon (104th), Vivi Marshall (124th) and Rosalie Laban (148th).
The U15 boys got here twentieth by Archy Atkinson (107th), Jon Goldston (168th), Warren Wilson (174th) and Alex Wilson (178th).
The senior males completed twenty fourth, led by Brandon Dewar (157th), adopted by Joe Fenwick (172nd), M40 Jeff Cunningham (238th), Dan Shaw (283rd), Matt Cartwright (344th) and Joe Elliott (368th). Sofia Mendes completed 151th within the U13 ladies race.
Katie Snowden was in motion once more on Saturday on the identical monitor because the earlier weekend as she competed within the Birmingham World Athletics Indoor Tour Remaining.
A race billed as an try on the ladies’s world indoor 1,000m report by Laura Muir was all the time going to be a speedy affair and Snowden’s bid to attempt to maintain shut sufficient left her uncovered in second place till the ultimate phases.
Snowden completed fifth in an inaugural indoor PB of two:37.46.
It was Snowden’s final race earlier than this week’s European Athletics Indoor Championships in Istanbul and was a superb below distance exercise earlier than Friday’s ladies’s 1,500m heats.
On the BUCS Indoor Championships for College and Schools college students in Sheffield, Saskia Millard gained a bronze medal within the ladies’s 3,000m ultimate on Sunday, clocking 9:32.12 after qualifying in her warmth the day earlier than.
Within the ladies’s 1,500m semi-finals on Saturday, Annabel Hobday narrowly missed making her ultimate as she ran 4:34.03 for fifth following qualification from a warmth the day earlier than and Katie Balme was eighth within the second semi-final in 5:00.61 after clocking 4:51.16 in qualifying.
Gaby Reynolds produced an enormous PB efficiency for the second week in a row that takes her to the highest of the UK W40 rankings.
After her 5km highway race in Battersea Park 9 days earlier, she raced on the Wokingham Half Marathon on Sunday and lowered her finest time by 46 seconds with a fast 76:26.
Reynolds now tops her age group rankings for 5km and half marathon, with this newest efficiency usurping Alyson Dixon, who raced for Nice Britain within the 2016 Olympic Video games marathon.
M55 Jonathan Ratcliffe additionally raced nicely at Wokingham with 79:06, whereas on the Hampton Courtroom Half Marathon M45 Ben Millar ran 77:35 and fellow M45 Jon Key ran a PB of 79:06.
St George’s Hospital College scholar James Brown and Jenny Nandi ran PBs of 83:55 and 84:04 on the Brighton Half Marathon, with Sophie Gunning simply behind in 84:06 and Eliza Cottington 91:43, each additionally PBs.
On the Wimbledon Half Marathon Hannah Edwards rewrote her PB by a minute with 96:42 on a hilly course.
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