+ South of Thames Team Race
at Morden Park on Sat 23rd Nov 2019
What a great day ! We simply demolished the opposition as we recorded a fine A team win by the Men backed up by another great result as our Women also won and not to be outdone our men’s B team came 2nd in the A team competition.
We were lead home by Owen Hind in a good 3rd place – which was a good result for him after a well earnt break that bodes well for future races. Recent recruit Jim Allchin ran well after a steady start and gained 5th spot and nearly got the runner just in front of him, His good run despite not feeing 100% earnt him the pleasure of taking the magnificent team trophy home – the first one he has ever won !
Another recent recruit Chris Busaileh returned to form and was rewarded with a fine 6th place and the team was closed by Jordan Weaver who also ran well to earn 7th place despite being in a heavy training block. A total of 21 points was one of the lowest ever recorded and represents quite an achievement.
Not to be outdone our B team then came home closely behind our A team. Led home by a great run in 10th place from Neil Phillips, who is returning to his best form coupled with his recent England Vets appearance, bodes well for our Surrey CC League team. Niall Stewart ran well to record an fine 11th place and his run also bodes well for our Surrey CC League performances.
Then we had our new Cross Country captain Dan Pettitt who came home in 13th place after his breakthrough run at the last surrey CC League and who already has done a great job in his new role. Last for our B team was Rob Laing who lead his usual charge through the field moving up to a fine 15th place and sealing a superb 2nd place for our B team in front of every A team from other clubs !
A special mention must go to our C team who finished 4th team overall and would have gained Silver medals if our A and B team were not there ! Led home by Dave Morgan(19th ). Ben Cook (21st ), Barny Day(22nd ) and the ever green Phil Sanders(24th ) they must consider themselves to be unlucky in a field of over 250 runners.
What about the Women ! Well they had a great result matching the Men as they also gained Gold medals and were led home by Cross country Captain Kate Rowland in 4th place in a high quality competition. Next up was Alex Parker who had a breakthrough run as she came home in 15th position and who was superbly backed up by both Jennifer Berg in 18th place and Eliza Grant in 19th place. So we were well worth mugging as we were laden with Gold and Silver on the way back to the station via a celebratory drink or two in the local pub.
Men: Teams: Women :
3rd Owen Hind 26 08 1st Kent AC 21 4th Kate Rowland 31 25
5th Jim Allchin 26 17 2nd Kent AC ‘ B’ 49 15th Alex Parker 32 39
6th Chris Busaileh 26 50 3rd Herne Hill 58 18th Jennifer Berg 33 05
7th Jordan Weaver 26 55 4th Kent AC ‘C’ 86 19th Eliza Grant 33 14
10th Neil Phillips 27 37 47 teams 42nd Susie Fairbrass 36 30
11th Niall Stewart 27 39 46th Vicky Boyle 37 03
13th Dan Pettitt 27 55 56th Rachel Garrett 38 28
15th Rob Laing 28 01 64th Amanda Nio 39 22
19th Dave Morgan 28 18 77th Johanne Mott 41 30
21st Ben Cook 28 38 95th Caroline Ford 44 20
22nd Barny Day 28 45 118th Annabelle Hadlow 53 14
24th Phil Sanders 28 48 120 Finished
25th George Russell 28 51 Teams:
32nd Pete Lighting 29 11 1st KENT AC 56
35th Lee Haze 29 27 2nd Belgrave H 74
39th Calum Fraser 29 41 3rd South London H 87
41st Isaac Maxwell 29 47 – 3rd U20
52nd Richard Giles 30.23
54th Joe Hartley 30.30 21 teams
64th Ian Ellwood 31 07
98th Duncan Corrie 32 46
113rd Chris Quaid 33 22
124th Michael Duncan 34 04
149th Alan Curtis 35 24
162nd David Devlin 36 16
168th John Barron 36 37
175th Bernie Hutchinson 37 08
200th Phil Marsden 40 17
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