Perhaps it was the chilly and blustery evening, or maybe fears of being marooned out in Hainault by the impending tube strike that meant only a meagre contingent of our young athletes made the trip to Hog Hill last Tuesday. This was to contest the second of the autumn Chingford League road races on the cycle circuit. The fields in all the junior races were smaller than last time but, in contrast, more seniors turned out and our club more than doubled its representation as nine of our runners raced the 5k circuit with Enfield & Haringey’s Shaun Collins again finishing first in 16:38 (7 seconds down on his time on the balmy October evening).
For the juniors, our best finisher was Sean Kenny who took the honours in the U17M race in 10:54, outsprinting Orion’s George Hoy (U15B) up the steep finishing hill by a single second. Lorcan Murphy had pushed the early pace in the U17 race and was leading at the end of the first lap but a broken rib sustained mountain-biking forced him to ease his pace on the second lap and he was 5th at the end in a time of 11:15.
Holly Bedeau claimed 3rd place in the U17W race (13:04) behind another Orion winner, Armanni Antoine-Chagar (12:01). Elliot Joseph (U15B) was 6th in 12:33 while in the U13B’s event James Wakefield (13th in 7:20) and Chris Hogg (who took a tumble on the way round but place and time not available at present) ran the single lap race along with the duo of Saffron Earl (9:09) and Niamh Bartlett (9:35) who were 15th and 16th in the girls' race run at the same time.
For the seniors, our first finisher was Johnny Wallis in 18th (one place and 5 seconds up on last time) with Jon Long two places and 11 seconds behind. Next in was Paul Clarke (65th in 20:57) closely pursued by Zoe Watson who was given the same time; Zoe was 6th in the women’s race. Alistair Holford followed in 72nd (21:16 – 12 seconds up on last time) with Richard Hogg ten places back in 22:00 but no doubt delighted to knock over 40 seconds off his last time over the course. Becky Hewitt was also quicker than her last two races here, recording 22:27 for 93rd and 11 in the women’s race. James Wakefield must have provided inspiration of some sort to his dad as Andy Wakefield (25:44) tried his hand and was 137th of the 174 finishers.