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South of England Cross Country Champs, Parliament Hill, 25th January

Kate O’Neill’s individual silver brightened up a damp day at the South of England Championships were held on the sticky mud of the ever-challenging Parliament Hill course.

Kate’s runner up spot in the Under 20 Women’s race behind National Champion and fellow Birmingham student & Great Britain international Amelia Quirk was Kate’s best-ever finish in these championships and confirms her fine recent form, ahead of the major national races to come this winter.

The Under 13 Boys were the highest placed club squad in 13th. Ryan Carroll was 46th of the 300+ starters, and Oliver Taylor-Bush (70th), Daniel Lammas (87th) and Jack West (132nd) completed the scoring four with Joseph Gary 175th and Lochlan Dyer 220th.

The Senior Women were a creditable 18th of the 70th complete teams. Morgan Campbell (61st) and Ginte Bailey (84th) were in the top 100 of the near-700 finishers and Bella Woods and Robyn Matson were in the top 200 to complete the scorers as Clare Davies in 245th and Clare Rudgley (546th) also rose to the challenge.

Matthew Blacklock was the first home for the 23rd placed Under 15 Boys in 82nd. Owen Fisher (161st), Dan Peters (180th) and Max Robbins (201st) were the scorers with Finley Wolton 278th and Archie Winney (306th). The Under 13 Girl were 27th as Charlotte Evans made the top hundred with Ruby Tillson 148th and not much between Rosie Warner, Lucy Bacon and Hannah Evans in the 170s.

Rob Warner ran well in 72nd place in a  field of over twelve hundred starters to lead the senior men home to 43rd in the team stakes.  Ben Davis, in his first nine mile (15km) race did well in 157th followed by Barry Smith with another strong run to take 266th.  Rob Trevor in 486th, Steve Walker 666th and Gary Atkins 736th did well in the churned up mud conditions to complete the scoring team. Roy James made the top one thousand in 905th and Tony Collins completed the squad in 1158th .

There were incomplete teams in the other age groups. Sam Atkins put in a good run in 51st to finish in the top half of the Under 20 men’s field. Maddie Barker and Till Canty were 50th and 55th out of over 300 in the Under 15 Girls race, Alex Ford 136th for the Under 17 men and Rebecca O’Rourke and Jessica James 147th & 149th for the Under 17 Women.

Under 13 Girls: 93rd – Charlotte Evans 14:23; 148th – Ruby Tillson 14:55; 170th – Rosie Warner 15:14; 174th Lucy Bacon 15:16; (Team: 27th) 178th Hannah Evans  15:22
Under 15 Girls:  50th Maddie Barker 18:59; 55th Tilly Canty 19:03
Under 17 Women:  147th – Rebecca O’Rourke 29:18; 149th – Jessica James 30:45
Under 20 Women:  2nd – Kate O’Neill 24:56
Senior Women: 61st Morgan Campbell 33:08; 84th – Ginte Bailey 34:01; 191st Bella Woods 37:24; 198th Robyn Matson 37:36;(Team 18th);  245th – Clare Davies 38:58 ; 546th Clare Rudgley 47:17
Under 13 Boys: 46th Ryan Carroll 12:41; 70th Oliver Taylor-Bush 12:54; 87th Daniel Lammas 13:02; 132nd Jack West 13:27 (Team: 13th) 175th Joseph Gray 14:00; 220th Lochlan Dyer 14:25  
Under 15 Boys:  82nd Matthew Blacklock 16:13; 161st Owen Fisher 17:11; 180th – Dan Peters 17:27; 201st Max Robbins 17:44 (Team: 23rd). 278th Finley Wolton 19:19:08; 306th Archie Winney 20:30
Under 17 Men:  136th – Alex Ford 26:25
Under 20 Men:  51st Sam Atkins 29:20
Senior Men:  72nd Rob Warner 53:09; 157th – Ben Davis 55:47; 266th Barry Smith 58:23; 486th – Rob Trevor 62:44; 666th – Steve Walker 66:25; 736th – Gary Atkins 67:57; (Team 43rd) 905th – Roy James 73:08; 1158th – Tony Collins 90:58


Indoor Round Up

Chris Brown, Denzel Achi and Stephanie Okoro claimed wins at the London Indoor Games for U13s, Under 15s and Under 17 s at Lee Valley this weekend.

Chris added over half a metre to his triple jump best to leap 13.79m to win the Under 17 event to achieve an English Schools National qualifying standard and take an early lead in the UK rankings. It was the fifth longest jump ever by a club U17 Man.

Denzel Achi’s last round 6.47m long jump to win the U17 event was also a career best and took him into the club all-time top 10 in this age group. He also came within one-hundredth of a second of the club U17M 60m record with his 7.25s clocking.

The third of the winning trio was Southern Under 15 Girls’ 300m champion Stephanie Okoro who stepped up a distance to win the 800m with 2m 21.50s, the second fastest in the UK this year by an U15G. 

Donell Amoako was second in the U15 hurdles with a swift 8.69s clocking and there were third places Joshua Lee-Prime in the 800m in the same age group with his career best 2m 17.32s run and U17 Jacob Blanc with 8.34s in the 60m hurdles ahead of training partner Sam Sanusi who clocked 8.42s after a PB of 8.31s in the first round.

Zoe Hughes continued her come back from injury with a career best equalling 8.71s 60m hurdles clocking for Harvard University in New York, while New Mexico student Lydia Hallam also showed she is on the way back with a 2m 14.82s clocking for 800m in her first track race since June 2018.

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