2019 South of England CC: Senior Women

Its been a wee while since the Senior Women had a competitive team at the Southerns, so it was encouraging to have a squad of six out on Saturday, and among them a quartet of sufficient quality to place us in the first third, a not too shabby 20th, of the 71 scoring teams.

The names of the scorers are not different to those who have helped reinvigorate our Met League fortunes this winter and it was good to see them fare well over the classic 8k course, not so muddy as in previous years but never, ever to be underestimated. 703 women finished, in a larger field than in some previous national competitions.



A. McArdell, S. Phillips, Z. Watson, R. Lund

Rachel Lund (93) was first home with a very strong run in 32:51, this time ahead of Suzanne Phillips (116) in 33:25 whose struggle for traction from mile three onwards cost her precious places after her stud plate parted company somewhat unhelpfully from her shoe. By this time she may well have been in the sights of Alicia McArdell (138) who had a very gutsy run in her first Southern senior championships, hardly batting an eyelid at the extra 2 kilometres of The Hill, making it three in 33:55. Just shy of a minute behind her Zoe Watson (166) closed for the team, by her own admission, in much fitter fashion (34:41) than last year when she had a bad ’un.

In fifth was V50 Jenny Thomas (419) who made it round in 40:05 followed by V50 Alex Wardle (499) in 42:16.

2019 South OF England CC: Senior Men

It was a great day for the club on Hampstead Heath yesterday as our Senior Men contested the South of England CC Championship at the legendary Parliament Hill course. And all due to an outstanding run which catapulted Ed Shepherd into the club's virtual Hall of Fame.

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Hickey, Pearce and Ed Shepherd (photo: Nigel Bramley)


Essex Schools CC Champs, Hockley, 19/01/19

A good sprinkling of young athletes representing their districts travelled to these annual championships on a cold overcast Saturday morning.

These champs have the extra incentive of the first six home being selected to represent Essex at the English Schools in Leeds in March. Moreover, the top 20 would represent Essex next month at Popham in the South East Schools Inter Counties. From these races a further two athletes per age group would be added to the six previously selected for the English Schools.


Ed Shepherd wins Cheshire CC

A recent news item that passed below our radar was Ed Shepherd's triumph in the Cheshire Cross Country Championship. Ed hails from Hertfordshire and joined us while in the sixth form at school. After studying at Birmingham University and then San Francisco, where he had an athletics scholarship, Ed has settled in Chester.

With PBs ranging from 3.47 (1500m) to 65.37 (half-marathon), Ed is no slouch over any distance, and a 21st place finish in the 2018 National CC underlines his quality over any terrain. He represented England at U20 level over the country in 2013.

On 5th January in Warrington Ed took on, and beat, men of the calibre of Nigel Martin (29.55 10K PB) and Dan Cliffe (29.46 10000m PB). His winning margin was a reasonably comfortable 20".

We can hopefully look forward to Ed contributing to our team performance this coming weekend when he is scheduled to make the journey to run the South of England CC.

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Ed running for England in 2013

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