Surrey XC Leagues, 16th October 2021
Croydon Harrier Dom Nolan took the spoils at the opening Surrey Cross-Country League 2nd division fixture at Epsom Downs on Saturday.
The England 10,000m champion gained an emphatic win over the 4.75 mile course in 24 minutes 50 seconds, 25 seconds clear of his nearest rival. Nolan’s efforts led the Croydon team to runners-up spot on the day in the nine-club division. He will be representing England at the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k on Sunday.
James Hancock (5th) and Alex Penfold (9th) also featured in the top ten, while there were excellent senior debuts for Phil Symonds (20th) and Omar Harhara (30th).
The remaining scorers comprised of Pat Lucas (36th), Adam Hudson (41st), Matt Shires (57th), David Brown (62nd) and Henry Butt (63rd). The B team would finish fourth in the B team category competition led by Glenn Barden.
The women’s team meanwhile enjoyed their best league finish in their 2nd division fixture since November 2018, finishing fifth out of 39 clubs at Richmond Park. Madeleine Armstrong-Plieth led the squad home in 14th, with solid support from Penny Oliver (24th), Anna Corby (33rd), Laura Marshall (40th) and Leanne Moore (62nd, 1st U20).
In the young athletes races, Kyron-Bailee Burke finished third in the Under 15 boys race, while Joe Gambie finished 10th. In the Under 13 boy’s race, George Shepherd was fourth in the Under 11’s category, while Alex Giles was 52nd overall.
In the girl’s races, Zoha Jetha was 24th in the Under 15 girl’s category, while Holly Perks was 22nd and Jana Sethna-McIntosh 29th in the Under 17 women’s race.
Emily Flowers completed the Paris Marathon in 3:50.28 and Sunanda Sarker-Bell clocked a new W55 record in York in 4:29.55
At the Great South Run, Jacob Armstrong-Plieth was 45th M45 in 1:08:28, while Terry Lapins was inside the top 1000 finishers in 1:14:32. At the Battersea Park 10k, Ashley George was 29th in 39:44.
In the pick of the parkrun action, 25 Croydon Harriers took part in local events. Douglas Aikman was 1st home at Beckenham Palace, and Colm Porter was runner-up at Lloyd Park.
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