There were some great performances across all leagues at Saturday’s first edition of the Surrey Cross Country League 2017/2018! This league is one of the premier leagues in the country, and there were winning performances from the U13 boys’ and Senior men’s teams.
Special mention should go to Ollie Emment for his outstanding run in winning the Under 13 boys race and leading the under 13 boys to first place in the team competition.
In the Under 15/17 age group, club captain Ben Marks led way home and in second place and not too far behind Ben Fitzpatrick in third, great start to their cross country campaign as they both strive for English Schools selection later on in the season, first under 15 boy home was Tom Jones. All the boys did themselves proud and packed really well and came a deserved second in the team competition, just eight points behind a very strong South London Harriers team.
In the girls races, the U17 team placed 2nd, only a single point behind Guildford and Godalming with Charlotte Vaughan leading the team home in 5th, backed up by Rachel Pharaoh (8th) and Darby Begley-Jones (11th). In the same, race, U15s Lani Cardwell (27th), Eloise Williams (48th) and Sally Mammen (50th) were a strong 9th on a tough course. The U13 team suffered from only having two athletes competing, with Bella Wiles 15th and Erin Simper 34th, still managing an excellent 12th place.
The women were also at Reigate where Jo Locker finished 8th and Lizzie Amos 44th.
The men were at Wimbledon where an excellent turnout saw Walton win the Division 3 match. First home was Duncan Woolmer, 2nd pace in 27.09, then Craig Jarman 4th, 27.56, Matt Reed 5th 28.04, Jon Hamblen 8th 28.17, Hugo Fleming 13th 28.57, Tom Higgins 16th 29.06, Chris de Mauny 40th 30.20, Jon Ladley 46th in 30.40, Rob Marcus 48th 30.49 and Jamie Harvey completed the scoring team of 10 50th 30.56.
Our other runners were Rob Casebourne 31.10, Matt Pharaoh 31.23, Phillip Bearman 31.32, Isaac Mammen 32.00, Chris Ness 32.22, Phil Bearman 32.25, Charlie Feinson 33.07, David Cowie 33.13 and Adam McCarthy 39.05.
In the Division 1 matches, Jonny came 5th and Fiona 12th.