Written by SD & Ropeman
Susanne's resume,plus a comment or two from Ropeman.
Full results - www.surreyathletics.org.uk
Saturday 20th February Surrey County Cross Country Championships
Lloyd Park presented itself in unusual splendour, cold and crisp though, but with blue skies and lovely sunshine. The ground was still waterlogged and slippery, and spikes were definitely a must. The start and finish had been moved compared to last year. But this improved visibility and hence, made is easier to judge when to make the dash for the finishing line.
We knew our young athletes’ contingency would be small, as many were away for half term or, sadly, injured or ill.
The morning began with U17 George Corcoran and U15 Adam Curran phoning in to say that they were unwell, and Laura Cook falling sick on the journey to the venue. But the spirit of those who were to carry the blue and black vest with the white stripe was good, and became even better when, unexpectedly, Adam turned up. So this then is how we fared:
U13 Phil Bearman had a fantastic run and finished the 3.25km course 13th in 14:49 min. Thanks to Adam, the U15 boys had a scoring team. In a well-paced run Sam Vassall brought the team home in 28th place, covering the longer 4km distance in 17:09 min. Nikolaj Schubert gained quite a few places in a strong finish and came 35th (19:03 min). Nathan Judson Richardson on his first XC race for quite a while stayed hot on Nikolaj’s heels and finished 36th in 19:36 min. Adam closed the team score in 40th place and 20:42 Min. The team came 5th.
Three athletes represented the club in the U15 girls’ category, and they showed the boys. Jenny Miles finished 15th in remarkable 17:50 min, followed by Layla Thompson in 28th place with 18:54 min and sister Mae in 34th place with 20:06 min.
With 6.5km, the U17/U20 men had significantly more work to do. U20 Ciaran Costello, on the day wearing the colours of his Tiffin School team, finished 4th in 32:40. Remarkably, though George didn’t run, he features in the results as 23rd…
The workload for the U17/U20 women was slightly lighter, 4.8km. U17 Gaby Miles finished 8th in 22:19 min. U20 Maddie Hardwick pulled a smashing run out of the hat and, as last year, won the silver medal (19:40 min). Natalie Sacre completed the women’s team in 8th place (26:05min). The team had the same score as the 3rd placed, but, as the rule book advantages the team that closes its score first, they were demoted to 4th. Never mind. Our runners had good, if not excellent runs, and coming home with a medal is something to be very pleased with.
Well done everybody, including George Corcoran’s ghost, though the man himself would probably have been much faster!
Postscript - It transpired Natalie,being a senior,should not have run in the U20 race anyway!!!
And in the Senior Mens race,our 3 acquitted themselves pretty well – Richard Mathie was 47th in 47.39,Mike Maranzano took 59th in 49.15 and TM Matt Hyett was just behind in 62nd(49.40). 108 finished.
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