Elaine Murty of Blackheath & Bromley finished in an excellent 15th place in the Senior Womens race at the South Of England Cross Country Championships on a wet and muddy Parliament Hill Fields. The Meeting had originally been scheduled to take place at the end of January but was postponed because of some snow.

With the National Championships this Saturday in Sunderland, athletes and coaches had to weigh up the pros and cons of racing major events on back to back weekends.

Charlotte Stickings was the only other Club member to finish in the womens race as she came home in 106th.

Alex Gibbins was first home in the Senior Mens race finishing in 46th place with Peter Tucker 53rd and Danny Brewer 79th. With Fintan Parkinson in 165th, Jon Vintner 173rd and Andy Lawes 398th amongst the 541 finishers, they were 10th in the team race.

Amber Reed closed in 29th in the Under 20 womens race, while Richard Webb showed just how much he has improved over the Winter months by finishing in 17th place in the Under 17 mens race.

The under 17 women were 6th in the team race led home by Bethany Frost in 59th with Samantha Leighton 62nd, Lucy Sidey 91st and Chloe Haffenden 100th.

Best supported age group were the under 15 girls where the Club had nine finishers. First of these was Georgina Taylor in a fine 16th place. Nianh Bridson Hubbard was 44th, Mary Guy 65th and Shannon Riskey 92nd to secure 5th place in the team race. In addition Chloe Kibblewhite was 109th, Leah Everson 124th, Molly Dent 132nd, Joanna Clowes 159th and Jennifer Sheasby 162nd. For the boys Bailey Stickings was 59th, Jonathan Court 132nd, Joshua Davidson 147th and Arthur Carey 168th giving them 19th in the team race.

The highest placed individuals of the day came in the under 13s age group with Naomi Kingston in 7th place for the girls and Jake Potter in 9th for the boys. These were excellent results and promise much for the future. Yasmin Austridge was a fine 22nd and Georgina Piper 107th but unfortunately they needed another finisher to score in the team race.

Jake was backed up by Oscar Hussey in 73rd, George Pope 123rd, Lewis Stickings 127th, Peter Guy 145th and Harry Keene 197th and this enabled them to finish 13th team.

Naomi Kingston recently finished 2nd in the Junior Girls race at the London Schools Championships, again at Parliament Hill Fields. Mary Guy was 10th.

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