Surrey XC Leagues M2, 11th Nov 2017, Results and Report
Croydon Harriers’ men’s team enjoyed a solid 5th place finish at Richmond Park in their latest 2nd division Start Fitness Surrey cross country fixture on Saturday.
The first six of the scoring ten packed within 1 minute of one another over the 5 mile course led home by Jake English (19th). Alex Penfold (23rd), Kieron Connor (25th), Christophe Dormenval (30th), Brendan Murphy (35th) and Patrick Lucas (42nd) were all in hot pursuit. The remainder of the scoring A team consisted of Ernie Hann (61st), David Brown (97th), debutant Julian Forbes (101st)and Alan Burn (108th, 8th M50).
The B team of a further 10 Harriers placed 7th overall in their category, spearheaded by Colin Oxlade (118th, 9th M50) and Glenn Barden (123rd). There were 217 finishers.
Croydon’s squads could be found at a further two locations on Saturday at other Surrey League fixtures.
Stevie Lawrence (16th) and Lisa Harris (20th) both enjoyed top 20 finishes in their women’s 2nd Division race at Nonsuch Park where there were a staggering 570 finishers. Jules Williams (383rd) and Amy Dowsett (456th). The quartet placed 24th.
In the girls races, both the Under 15 and 13 girls quarters would finish 7th in the team standings.
Jessica Moore would enjoy the highest finish over the 4.5k course crossing the line in 14th. The Under 15 girls were led home by younger sister Leanne (27th), Gulcin Erten (29th), Morgan Lee (38th) and Tugce Erten (42nd).
In the Under 13 girls, all four Harriers finished within 40 seconds of each other over the two mile course. Amber Bloomfield was an impressive 26th, with Holly Perks (34th) four seconds ahead of Jenna Hooper (38th). Jana Sethna-McIntosh was 47th in the 85 strong field.
At Mitcham Common, ten Croydon Harriers did battle in a field of 129 finishers at the Surrey Boys League. The first four Croydon athletes packed impressively, all within 21seconds of each other. Robbie Tambling was 13th, with training partners Joachim Bambury (18th, 7th U15), Isaac Flanagan (23rd) and Matthew Maginn (28th) all leading the way. The boys placed fourth out of 17 teams and are 5th overall.
In the Under 13 boys, Imran Salim (23rd) and Douglas Aikman (37th).
In total Croydon had 45 athletes competing in all the Surrey League events.