The Club had a very successful day at the Hampshire Cross Country League meeting held at Kings Park, Bournemouth. The runners had to face strong winds during the afternoon but the Club’s athletes over came this to chalk up 2 Individual wins and a Team win. The ground conditions were not very muddy and Jermaine Mays enjoyed these to record a good win in the Senior Men’s 9.6 K race with a time of 30m 31s, 8 seconds clear of the second placed athlete. He was followed by Club mates Brendan O’Connor 8th, Tom Sycklemore 10th, Dave Ragan 13th and Alex Hamilton 14th of the 206 runners to give the team a win with 46 points with League leaders Southampton second scoring 69 points a convincing win. This is first Team win in the Senior Men’s League for over a decade and takes the Club into 2nd spot overall.
The other individual win came in the Under 17 Women’s race where Maddie Deadman (picture) showed good tactical presence by sheltering in the leading pack until a kilometre from home and then surging home to win in 15.23 some 6 seconds ahead of the 2nd place athlete. This was Maddie’s best run for
sometime after injury in the Summer and puts her 3rd overall in the Division. In the under 17 Men’s race James Beeks led home a quartet of Club runners finishing 8th and with Harry Richardson 22nd, Ethan Hartley 26th and Marco Chiossone 28th the Team finished 3rd and remain in that position in the League.
The Under 15 Girls team were led home home by Rebecca Bullock in 8th and along with Rebecca Poole 14th and Izzy Mannion 15th the Team finished 4th and are 4th overall. The same age Boys had Ben Pattinson 14th, James Porter 32nd and debut tee Harry Taylor 38th and they finished 6th Team. The under 13 Boys also finished 6th with Cameron Coveney in the top 10 again with a 7th, while Will Parkinson was 16th and Alex Blackburn 38th. Two Under 13 Girls ran with Lucy Hempstead 29th and Lottie Mobbs 39th.
The Clubs Senior Women were also in action over a 6 K course and Lucy Wildash led them home in 20th spot while Freya Davis was next, back after injury in 26th and Charlotte Earl wrapped up the scoring in 36th place of the 127 runners in the race. That put them 6th in the race and League of the 13 Clubs that scored a Team .
Full results can be found at http://www.hampshireathletics.org.uk/index.html