Surrey XC League round-up, 17th October ’22

29 Oct 2022

Croydon Harrier’s men’s team returned to the top flight of the Surrey cross-country league on Saturday at Effingham Common on Saturday for the first time in seven years. 

In a highly competitive field, in what is largely considered to be one of the most competitive divisions in the South of England, James Hancock finished seventh and was backed up by Adam Hudson in 16th who was also 1st U20. 

Solid packing followed from Phil Symonds (58th), Douglas Aikman (71st, 2nd U20), Alex Penfold (82nd) and Pat Lucas (89th). The rest of the scoring ten comprised of Luke Wakeling (104th), Matt Shires (121st), Lee Tolentino (132nd) and Rob Spalding (147th). 189 runners completed the field. A further ten Croydon athletes took part which also featured Colin Oxlade who was 1st M60. The B team would place 8th in the secondary competition. 

At Reigate, Penny Oliver would finish third in a field of 211 finishers. Katherina Warren was first U20 in 22nd, with the scoring quintet completed by Sandie Sarker-Bell (3rd W55), Jules Del Nevo (11th W50) and Miriam De Souza (46th W45).

In the young athlete’s races, Ernesto Kelly enjoyed his solid form to the season finishing 11th in the Under 13 boy’s race, with Eliot Peacock 36th. In the Under 17 men’s category Kyron-Bailee Burke placed 35th. Aida Palomares-Dominguez finished 21st out of 45 runners in the Under 13 girl’s race, while Jasmine Bell was 72nd in the Under 15/17s race. 

At the Chelmsford Marathon, Mike Smalley crossed the line in 3:46:29 to finish 136th. Terry Lapins (790th, 71:46) and Jenny Forde (2304th, 82:02) both completed the Great South Run in Portsmouth. In parkrun action, Brendan Murphy was 1st home at Holy Cross College, Lucy Cole was first in the women’s category at Roundshaw Downs and Adam Shew was 8th at Ipswich.

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