Sunny skies and a fairly firm Parliament Hill course greeted our 20 runners who were representing their boroughs - in our case, Waltham Forest or Redbridge. It was a great day for the club as we had three podium placings and a winning team.
The winning U13 Boys team: Redbridge. [Photo: James Geller]
L to R: Reuben Fabian, William Kok, Jimmy Geller, Luca Gormley. Extreme right: Nathan Wright
Isabelle Kyson, tasting top opposition for the first time, ran a fine race over 1500 metres to place 12th, just 29 seconds behind Lilly Rose from Lambeth. This will give Isabelle confidence as she travels to Liverpool next Saturday for her next race. 170 runners started in this race.
Abigail Reid produced a brilliant run to place 1st and delivered the victory in true championship style. Having raced the day before, Abigail was asked by her coach to stay with the pack and, if she had something left, to make a run from 800 metres out. She eased away and whilst there was a scrap behind Abigail for the minor medals she cruised home 30 yards clear. Mary Hardy had an excellent run for 47th whilst Emily Caton, who also had raced the day before, should feel pleased with 68th. There were 250 in this race
Silver and bronze: Jimmy Geller and Luca Gormley (pic by Cliona Gormley)
Jimmy Geller had a magnificent run. Taking advice from his coaches, Jimmy kept in touch with the leader throughout the 2k race. Towards the end Jimmy then started to close him down but Juxon from Belgrave Harriers just held on to win by three seconds from Jimmy. An incredible run behind Jimmy was Luca Gormley who only trains once a week but came storming through on the latter part of the course to claim bronze. Nathan Wright, who also raced at Sevenoaks the day before, was 10th and that wrapped up a win for Redbridge in the team event. Reuben Fabian, victim of having his vest pulled in the early part of the race, did so well for 13th. William Kok had another good run for 63rd. Rohan Edwards was 77th and we have recruited young James Milne, only a year 7, who placed 123rd. 240 ran in this race.
Miya Maeda had an excellent race, as she is lower year in this age group, for 29th from 200 starters. Rachel Lam, in her first ever race, placed a solid 125th and should be pleased with that run. I am sure her coach, Sue Edwards, was likewise happy for Rachel.
Jacob Hardy is another lower year runner and should be pleased with 29th place from 190 starters. Jacob will now start attending the Sunday morning sessions run by Richard Thurston at Trent Park. William Clifton placed 131st with George Reed 139th.
Under 17 Men
This race showed how much Thomas Adolphus has improved. Last Year 37th and yesterday 18th, which will have pleased his coaches. Rhys Edwards, another lower age runner, again showed a liking for this course with 32nd. It is great to have our star man Joe Geller back with us after a break during the summer following from the English Schools. Joe is showing a return to full fitness with 57th from the field of 150 on a course that is not his cup of tea. Matthew Gormley did well to come 98th.
What a fine run from yet another lower age runner, Wren McLean Jackson, who held onto her high position in fine style to place 24th. This should give Wren the confidence with important championship races after Xmas.
So for some of our runners their next race is the McCain Cross Challenge at Sefton Park, Liverpool and the confidence gained from this set of results will help them as they take on the best in the UK next Saturday.