Herrington Country Park provided a testing return to competition on 6 January after the seasonal break. Although the weather stayed reasonably fair, the hilly course was very muddy and slippery, with the going worsening as the races progressed.
In the under 11 boys, Harry Garrett finished 10th followed by Sonny Lewins, 15th, Tristan Crang 43rd and Jai Diddee 56th. Well done to them all
Annabel Milburn and Aoife Bell had an exciting duel up the finishing straight to finish first and second in the under 11 girls. Iona Johnstone also ran well in 12th position.
The club had a strong turnout in both under 13 races. In the boys Oliver Douglass came in 11th with Noah Curran 13th and Theo Baker 22nd finishing .2nd team. Ben Asquith and Oliver Ezeoke also ran hard, coming in 44th and 45th.
The under 13 girls were led in by Freja Bell 12th, chased by Lucy Oliver in 15th and Anya Crowder 19th to finish 5th team. Jessica Ord came in 29th and Jessica Milburn 30th, followed by Mili Diddee in 56th.
In the under 15 girls Ines Curran ran through from the fast pack to first place, in front of several of her strong local rivals. Jamilla Nessa did well to finish 39th. In his first harrier league race of the season, Ethan McGlen finished first in the under 15 boys.
Our under 17 and 20 women combined well in first team position. Chloe Wellings had her best race for some time to finish 14th followed by Emma Dixon in 21st, Jasmine Crang 26th and Amy Baker 29th.
Credit goes to the women’s team of Kim Simpson, Claire Cook, Charlotte Perkins and Jane Giles for their first place in their team race. They were supported by Maggie Loraine, Freda Summerfield, Lisa Atkinson and Elizabeth Medd.
In the mens race, Conrad Franks ran through to 18th place. He was backed up by Kevin Connolly, Phil McKeown, Peter Grimoldy, Steven Medd, Stephen Gray and John McConnell, with the team finishing 7th,
Well done to all our runners for coping so well with the difficult conditions. Thanks to everybody who supported the athletes. Also, thanks to all race officials and marshalls.