This week’s news report includes:-
Thames Valley League Cross Country
- Thames Valley Leage Cross Country
- New York Openrun
- Chiltern League Cross Country
- County Sportshall
On Sunday the Thames Valley League resumed after its Christmas break. The racing took place at Ashenbury Park, a former household waste site that has been reclaimed and turned into a country park in Woodley. The course was not flat but not hilly either, however what it may have lacked in steep hills it more than made up for in mud. Everyone ran well with every member of the team finishing with a scoring runner from another team behind them. The ladies' team finished in 7th, the men's in 9th so our overall team position was 7th place which helps to secure our 8th place in the league table. Well done everyone see you in Tadley.
37 Craig Siddons (MV 36); 39 Jon Kew (MV 38); 51 Simon Lerigo (MS 49); 104 Pete Church (MS 96);
112 Alejandro Del Campo (MV 103); 121 Dave Laidler (MS 109); 122 Jonathan Oliver (MV 110); 138 Colin Symons (MV 124); 139 Ed Dimmock (MV 125); 145 Mike Butcher (MS 130); 165 Margarate Maton (FV 17);175 Chris Lewington (MV 149); 177 Hannah Vosser (FS 20); 190 Chris Ellis (MV 157);
197 Zoe Plant (FSKG); 219 Sayeed Islam (MV 172); 225 Caroline Shrimpton (FV 41); 236 Gareth Ralphs (MV 181); 244 Pawel Czarnomski (MV 187); 252 Paul Thomas (MV 194); 277 Chris Sutton (MV 207); 304 Jordana Eshelby (FS 72); 339 Jeanette Sanderson (FV 89); 360 Peter Oldham (MV 239); 368 Pauline Siddons (FV 108); 370 Rosie Ellis (FV 109); 381 Julie Whitaker (FV 119); 382 John Rickman (MV 243); 393 Gordon Sheratt (MV 247); 406 Alison Attard (FV 136); 418 Helal Stephan )MV 253) 423 Meggie Cumini (FV 146)
New York Openrun
Benita and John Scaife were out of parkrun range this week so did the next best thing - openrun. This is New York Road Runners’ own brand parkrun and takes place in 11 parks around the city. The tag safety pinned to Benita’s fleece is NYRR’s primitive equivalent of a barcode and results are recorded by hand before being compiled in a spreadsheet. Why didn’t they just adopt the parkrun model? John suspects a case of “not invented here”. The venue was Inwood Hill Park at the northwest corner of Manhattan, where around 20 hardy souls turned out in the frigid conditions.
Chiltern League Cross Country
Saturday 13th January saw the penultimate Chiltern League XC which was held at Keysoe Equestrian Centre in Bedford with the all-famous water jump that competitors had to run through. U11s were the only exception where they could run round it: everyone else were given the choice to go through or round but all MAC runners took the plunge and braved the cold knee high water and all did very well. The weather was dry but cold and the course was still quite muddy in places. We had less competitors this time due to illness and other events going on etc. but a special mention goes to both Imogen Wilson (U13 girls) and Ava Neeves (U15 girls) who were the only girls in their team to come and run on their own, so well done to them both. Well done to Anu Hynes for his 3rd position in Div 2 in his race. We had a very strong U15 boys team who are now in 7th place in Div 2 overall and the U17 girls are flying and doing extremely well with a 3rd overall position in Div 2. We had no U11 girls this time but the 3 U11 boys put in a fantastic team effort. Thanks to the club for putting on a coach free of charge to get us all there and back safely.
Results for Division 2 are as follows:-
17th - Lucas Norton; 73rd - Jan Czarnomski; 74th - Daniel Chapman
18th - Imogen Wilson
3rd - Anuchaa Hynes; 24th - Ethan Towers
14th - Ava Neeves
16th - Joshua Alan-Pope; 18th - Harry Shrimpton; 19th - Adam Czarnomski; 20th Oscar Abrahamson
21st Callum Nicoll
5th - Abbie Jones; 15th Amy Reike; 17th - Jessica Dibley; 20th - Laura House
Our last meeting is on Saturday 10 February at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes so let’s get some full teams to that one.
Sunday 15th January saw our U13 and U15s compete in County Sportshall. Results were:-
- U13 Girls (Blue) 4th; U13 Girls (Red) 7th out of 8 teams
- U13 Boys 2nd - SILVER MEDALISTS out of 7 teams
- U15 Girls (Blue) 4th; U15 Girls (Red) 6th out of 9 teams
- U15 Boys (Blue) 5th (with an incomplete team) out of 6 teams
Well done to the U13 Girls who gave every effort, performing well in a very tough competition. Notable performances on the day were: Sienna Heape -1st in Speed Bounce; Amelie Helm -2nd in Vertical Jump; Isla Page - 3rd in Shot & 4th in Triple Jump: and Lucia Fimia who came a respectable 6th out 22 athletes in the 6 Lap Race. Well done as she really didn't want to do it!!
In the red team 2 notable performances in particular were: Bethany Blackwell for effort and determination in her 4 and 6 Lap Races; and Imogen Wilson - 4th in Speed Bounce.
Isla was 6th and Sienna 9th overall out of 44 athletes
Congratulations to the U13 boys' team who claimed a momentous 2nd place. All boys gave 100% across all their events, some of them trying new events for the first time! Their teamwork and support for each other was a winning combination and a real credit to their club.
Notable performances as follows: Ethan Towers - 1st in Vertical Jump and 3rd in Shot, and 8th overall in the Individual All Rounder ranking; Javier Fimia - Joint 3rd in 2 Laps & Joint 3rd in Standing Long Jump, and Joint 10th in the Individual All Rounder ranking; Leo Boyes - Joint 3rd in 2 Laps and Joint 10th in the Individual All Rounder ranking; Freddie Chalk who put in great performances in the 1 Lap obstacle and Standing Triple Jump, despite fighting off a cold; Anu Hynes - 4th in the 4 Lap Race and an impressive 2nd place in the 8 lap Paarlauf along with Ethan. Chester Shen (competing for the very first time in a Sportshall event) did the team proud, coming 2nd in the 6 Laps Race & Joint 3rd in Standing Long Jump. What a team! Well done boys!
Left to Right - Ethan Towers, Anu Hynes. Freddie Chalk. Leo Boyes, Javier Fimia, Chester Shen
The U15 girls performed as two teams. The Blue team came 3rd by one point and the Red team took 6th place. It is testament to the strength and depth of the girls that both teams did so well. There is very little to choose between most of these girls. The following were the most notable performances:
Olivia Phelps – Ist place in Speed Bounce and 3rd in 2 Lap Race; Ella Clarke – 4th place in Speed Bounce; and Eliza Craker – 6th place in Standing Long Jump. Olivia Phelps finished in 4th place overall and Eliza Craker in 13th place overall out of 34 athletes. The U15 girls have everything to play for as they go into the final meeting in 4th place with a very good chance of securing a medal.
Olivia Phelps - vertical jump
Unable to fill the last place, there were only three U15 boys in the team but despite this they did incredibly well and should be very proud of themselves. Adam Ulhaq put in an amazing performance and came a well-deserved 3rd overall out of 22 athletes: he came 1st in 2 Laps, 2nd in 4 Laps and joint 3rd in Standing Long Jump. Both Callum Nicoll and Oscar Abrahamson put in some great running performances.
We would also like to thank our Officials Barbara Stamp and Greg Boyes, and the many parent helpers who assisted them. Lastly a massive thank you to our coaches and team managers for making the day run smoothly.