And then in the blink of an eye, the club cross-country season was over. This race, the final one of the league this winter, will be remembered as the wet one, coming one day after Storm Eunice. In stunning grounds at Shuttleworth College, there was an excellent turnout once again by athletes of SNHAC. It seemed that our orange and black vests were even more prominent than usual; or perhaps that is because our runners are doing even better now than at the beginning of the season.
The day itself was not without controversy. Congestion entering and exiting the College affecting surrounding public roads as well as parking problems at the venue led to the delay of the start of the Senior Mens’ race and ultimately led to cancellation of the U17 and Junior Men and Senior Women races. This was a real shame, particularly for the athletes, most of whom had been there for a long time and who had trained so hard for this. Even the rain realised the upset and finally relented at this stage!
Partly with this in mind, I am sure that we can all extend our heartfelt thanks to the coaches, marshals, and team managers. These events take an enormous amount of organisation behind the scenes as well as on the day. The Chiltern League and the clubs that host the matches should also be thanked for a brilliant season; it has been wonderful that after a break of two years it was back on. Without all of the volunteers giving up their spare time, nothing would have gone ahead.
But this is primarily about the athletes, and the results from yesterday were as follows:
Girls: Hazel Spitzer – 3rd
Boys: James Cook – 30th
Girls: Lauren Griffin – 7th, Esme Searle – 8th, Jane Griffin – 9th, Gracie Hall-Watts – 11th, Hannah Cook – 12th, Edythe Oughton – 13th
Boys: Aubrey Murray – 1st, Casey Wyatt – 5th, Patrick Thorne – 6th, Harry Thompson – 10th, Matthew Thompson – 12th, Henry Price – 15th
Girls: Abigail Manson – 6th
Boys: Jack Thompson – 13th, Thomas Redfern – 16th, William Toffa – 19th, George Fifield – 21st, Harrison Lund – 23rd
Boys – race cancelled
Adam Searle – 42nd, Bob Whitten – 110th
The U13 boys won our division in the league this year and the U13 girls and U17 men came third – well done to all those teams, we look forward to receiving and distributing the medals! There were also individual medals for Aubrey Murray (silver, U13 boys), Abigail Manson (silver U15 girls) and Esme Searle (bronze 13 girls)
Lastly, several SNHAC athletes have been selected to represent Hertfordshire at the National Inter-Counties or English Schools Cross-country championships in March. Well done to them, it is a fantastic achievement, and we wish them all the best of luck. I am sure that they will do the club and county proud!
We are delighted to be able to report that Mick, who for many year was our throws coach and coaching co-ordinator is making an excellent recovery following surgery. He wanted to thank the club for theHe would like to thank the club for the basket of spring bulbs which have been in pride of place in the front window and he said the hyacinths have smelt lovely!
Five of the Clubs U15 and U13 athletes were in action in the Eastern Championships at Lee Valley over the weekend. U13 Edythe Oughton had a successful competition with personal best performances in the 60m hurdle 11.44 and long jump 3m88 for the bronze medal. Connie Dykes in her first competition for the Club recorded 9.56 in the 60m and 3m40 in the long jump. Max Whitely gained a gold medal for his 3m36 long jump. U15 Oscar Whitely jumped 3m87 in the long jump, while Abigail Tongue competed in the 60m hurdle (first time at a new height) 12.01 and high jump 1m18.
Competing in her first National Championships as an U20 Jess Astill was second in her heat of the 400m equalling her PB of 55.96. Hampered in the final and having to slow down to stay on her feet, she managed to hang on to 3rd place and take the Bronze medal in a new club U20 Record time of 55.81.
Competing on the other side of the Atlantic at the Monmouth Winter Invitational in New Jersey Senior Athlete Oscar Jopp recorded Season’s Best performances in the pole vault – 4m10 and high jump 1m74.
With places up for grabs to represent Hertfordshire Schools at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in March, a number of Club athletes were entered by their schools for the County Championships at Westminster Lodge on Saturday. There were top eight finishes for Will Galliford and Abigail Manson in the Inter Boy’s and Girls competitions – both finishing 6th, which should ensure they are in the County Team. Other top twelve finishers were Lucy Storey (9th) in the Senior Girls age group and Charlotte Livingstone (12th) Inter Girls and Thomas Redfern (9th) Junior Boy’s.
In the younger age groups Oliver Rose and Hazel Spitzer finished 4th in their Year 6 races and Edythe Oughton was 11th in the Pre Junior age group.