Hearing that the Under 13s had done so well at Colchester, it was now down to the rest of our squad to try and protect five divisional leads plus the overall lead.
Just under 40 young athletes made the trip west where, luckily, the rain that had been with us during the morning had eased, making it a little wet underfoot and with a tricky stream to negotiate for our Junior Women and Men.
Winners: U11 Girls squad. With individual winner Molly Sherrin (833) (Pic: Scott Kyson)
Results (scroll down / right to see all results)
Under 11 Girls
We secured our third victory but this time by just one point from VPH but hold a 25 point overall lead. Following on from great runs at Liverpool the previous Saturday, Molly Sherrin and Isabelle Kyson were again to the fore this time - Molly running out winner with Isabelle just losing out on second spot on the line. Amana Oguntuga ran well again for 7th. Autumn Le Chevalier, another year 4 girl, should be happy with 16th. Caitlin Hancock, one of our Wasps, ran well for 22nd and debutant Tilly Anne-Brewin had a good run for 27th. Alicia Percy, who ran a fine 600m at Lee Valley recently, was 31st, and another debutant, Mayo McNeils, was 36th. This was a fine showing from our girls with 50 starters.
Under 11 Boys
We were 4th on the day but encouraging is that fact we still hold a 56 point overall lead. Gregor Samson is showing great consistency with another top 10 placing from 45 starters. Next in was Sebastian Reid whose older sister had carried off a county triumph earlier in the day. Sebastian was 14th, a much improved run from Welwyn. Another to excel was Oskar Kyson in 20th. Never far behind were good runs from Leo Everitt 25th and Jude Purser 29th. It's worth noting that three of these boys are only Year 4s.
Under 13 Boys
With our top four lads romping to county victory this morning, this must have inspired our remaining boys as they still won on the day and lead overall by 100 points. Evan Johnson pleased his coach Steve Cody with an excellent 3rd spot. Another one of Steve's athletes, his son Sid, placed an excellent 8th. Ben Savidge also excelled for 13th with William Kok closing the team in with 16th. Archie Sherrin ran to ensure we remained in front and should be happy with 18th. Thomas Kok and Rafferty Groat, good club lads, were 28th and 40th. There were 50 starters.
Winners: U13 Boys squad. Evan Johnson (1350) was 3rd (Pic by Craig Sherrin)
Under 13 Girls
Again with our top four girls scooping bronze medals earlier, plus Tilly Major racing abroad in Geneva, it meant a difficult task ahead for our girls. They were 5th on the day but still hold an overall lead by over 100 points. Emily Caton has made great strides this season and this proved the case again as she led the team home in 12th. Rose Grady had an excellent race for 22nd, with the ever reliable Bronya Overington in 25th. Emily Millward had a nasty fall early in the race whilst inside top 20 which needed medical attention. She showed bravery to finish 35th with another excellent club runner, Molly Wain, in 41st. There were 50 starters.
Under 17 Men
This race is run in conjunction with the Under 15 boys. With Jacob Hardy having a fine run at Colchester for 8th earlier we had no other Under 15s available.
The Under 17 men once again showed great packing and, although losing out to hosts Hillingdon on the day, we hold an overall lead by 79 points. From over 40 starters Ben Sloan again led the team home in 4th place, losing out to 3rd on the line. Then there was solid packing with Kieran Allgood 10th, Kai Boggon 12th, Joe Geller 13th, Sam Sloan 15th and Thomas Adolphus 17th. Videsh Weerakkody was with this pack but took a nasty fall at the stream which ended up him needing treatment from the first aid. Fortunately Videsh is recovering and should resume training on Tuesday. Credit to our great club man Fred Taylor placing 37th.
Take Me To The River: Adolphus, Weerakkody, Sloan - closely followed by Geller (Pic: T McCarthy)
Under 17 Women
Again this is run in conjunction with the Under 15 girls which involved running through the stream. In the Under 15 race Miya Maeda, who hopes to make the All England Schools XC next March, had an excellent run for 3rd from 42 starters in that age group. Ellen Savidge had another good run for 14th with Hollie McArdell 18th. These three are such good club girls, always out there supporting the club all year round.
This must be said also for Wren McLean-Jackson, who placed a solid 9th in the U17 race. The girls were 4th on the day and are 5th overall.
So, with the festive season upon us, our young athletes can enjoy Xmas knowing we could pull off five age group trophies plus retain the overall HWT for juniors in the new year. What was encouraging was the number of younger athletes that stayed on to cheer on the older counterparts.
In Geneva, from a huge young athletes female field of 736 runners, Tilly Major ran brilliantly for 8th place on the cobbled streets, being first U13 girl to finish.
Geneva glory: Tilly Major - all in black, smiling, front right (pic: Paul Major)