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PEACE ON EARTH AND GOODWILL TOWARDS ALL MEN
George Corcoran,celebrating his recent RBK Schools Champs win and selection for RBK at the Surrey Schools in January,raced for the first time in the Richmond Park TT(6th),finishing 11th in 19.38, whilst over in Bushy Park(also 6th),Ron Taylor looked in better form with a 4th place(17.47) and Ciaran Costello,also bound for Surrey Schools selection,was just a few seconds outside his race PB with 18.54 for 16th overall.
At the Data Connection Enfield & Haringey Indoor meet at Lee Valley(7th),Justin Green(23.29),Jason Bernard(23.38) & Mike May(29.03) partook over 200m.Over 400,Mary Iheke won in a nippy 57.87,whilst Justin ran 54.06.
At the Southern England Students Indoor Champs at the same venue(3rd),U20 Jordan Smith-Bent(Richmond Coll) clocked 7.3,and 7.4ht/sf,in taking 3rd in the 60m B Final.
At Roehampton Vale(6th),Andy Arbour(Oxford) was 19th(23.58) in the Old Blues race at the annual Varsity Match.
Hercules Wimbledon Inter Club 5 miles(13th) - Wimbledon Common(Bob McDonough reports).
If you could have chosen a day NOT to be yomping across the country it would have been last Saturday. But on second thoughts that’s what CC is all about – relentless rain creating swamp-like conditions to test the character! Let’s face it, so far we’ve been pretty much pampered so it was about time for some December hard reality.
A turnout of nine competed in a field of 39 with HW, Croydon Harriers and VAC, the nine being in order of arrival:
Matt Hyett (32.34) and Michael Huntley (34.02) in 5th and 6th respectively, Ray Allen (18th), U20 Aljosa Isakovic (20th), then David Greenfield, Bob McD, Graham Huntley, Geoff Reed and Cashel Riordan.
Team-wise, with 8 to score, we finished well behind HW and Vets AC, though Matt and Michael’s placings up at the front were very encouraging. Thanks also indeed to Mike May for turning out to support.
And while all the above was going on, the Thames Hare & Hounds/Alumni (must get that right) match was taking place disconcertingly close to ours – in fact it was following the same course for much of the way! David Barrington as one of the aforesaid Alumni was ploughing his own furrow(Official description - Aquatic) with his fellow Old Boy cronies, and no doubt enjoyed himself(72nd/85 43.37) just as much as we did!
Elsewhere,earlier in the a.m.,Francesca Currie was 118th(25.45) in the Bushy Park TT.
The Banstead Woods TT on the 20th was a Red Letter Day for both Rachel Burbridge(14th in a new course PB 19.12) and for sister Debbie Raymond,who returned to competition with a solid 67th in 25.11. At the Bushy Park version,Robert Hunter was 64th(20.56).
From a promising potential turnout of nine, call offs had reduced this by race day to seven, still a good strength squad and with six to team score still leaving one to spare. However, with one carrying an injury which broke down in warm up, and one non-arrival, sadly this meant we took to the field for this 7.5 miler one light – further depleted by an injury incurred by Matt Hyett on the second lap to bring down to four the number of finishers. As the race was scored separately men from women, and a number of guest runners were in the field, the following results will not exactly reflect the finishing discs received:
First in was Ant Budarkiewicz, overall position 85, in 49.34
Ramon Benitez in 109, in 52.06
Bob McDonough in 159, in 58.11
David Greenfield in 182, in 62.17
So, after the effort involved, a pity we weren’t able to figure in the team score – hopefully injuries incurred will have sorted themselves out by the New Year.
The following day,our intrepid Men's Road/CC Sec decided to give the final Surrey Classic 10k(112th 47.04) at Horton Country Park a bash - but reports that it sadly bashed him back!
Simon Croall made a welcome reappearance at the Christmas Day Bushy Park TT,finishing 78th in 21.02.
Ron Taylor was our sole rep. in the Lauriston RC/Hercules Wimbledon 7.5 road race again on the Common(27th) and,in a small field of just 13,he was a useful 4th in 43.18.
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