Met CC League, Young Athletes, Race 2 at Claybury

For the second season’s Met League fixture, we managed to field a total of 21 runners in the Young Athlete races; a better turnout than late but we still need to improve this if we are to score consistently in the team competitions. Saturday’s races were held at Claybury on a fine autumn afternoon with the going still firm to hard despite the heavy downpour the previous evening and with the expectation of something special to follow as the numbers of spectators and senior competitors continued to grow.

For the full results, click the link in the senior report.

Met CC League, Seniors, Race 2 at Claybury

Who says British distance running is dead? On the evidence of the competitive racing at Claybury yesterday, it is too early to write off the sport. The women's race saw a high-quality battle between our team and Highgate, while the men's field of 354 finishers pulverised the previous record number of 331 in a thriving, 43-year old league. The happy outcome for our own teams was that both men and women ended the day as league leaders, while our men's B team hoisted themselves further clear of the relegation zone. The spectators enjoyed an outstanding win by Jess Sparke, while Lotfi Chebli ran a classy debut to finish 2nd man home behind an in-form Matt Barnes-Smith.



Chingford League Hogs Hill 5K: Nov 3rd

With a full moon illuminating the track at Hog Hill on Tuesday night, the runners cast clear shadows as they competed in the season’s third Chingford League fixture. Field sizes were up from the previous Hog Hill event despite this clashing with the Redbridge Schools’ Championships at Claybury in the afternoon (although that didn’t stop some doing both).


Bronze for women at National CC Relays

At the National Cross Country Relays in Berry Hill Park, Mansfield on Saturday, our senior women's team were delighted to win a first-ever set of national team medals in a distance running championships. On leg 1 Linzi Snow ran 10:19 over the 3k course to finish in 8th place. Jess Sparke took over on leg 2 and clocked the 2nd fastest time of the day - 19:55, faster than the likes of Katrina Wootton and Hatti Dean - to bring the team up into 2nd. On leg 3, Kat Sparke dropped back into 3rd running 10:24 but, in a thrilling finish, she held off the fast approaching Olympian, Steph Twell, by 2 seconds.  

Team: 1, Charnwood 30:19; 2, Bristol & West 30:33; 3, WGEL 30:40; 4, Aldershot 30:42

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