Herne Hill Harriers’ young athletes celebrated triple success on Saturday with victories in three out of six races at the Surrey cross-country relay championships.
Harriers’ U13G trio of Eimear Griffin, Eloise O’Shaughnessy and Kayah Wilks set a marker by winning their race by more than a minute, with a U13G B team finishing 10th.
The club’s runner then dominated the U15 age category with both the boys and girls winning their respective categories. Saskia Millard – running the second leg for the U15G trio – was the fastest individual runner in her category, with Daisy Setyabule and Alice Setyabule seventh and 14th quickest overall.
The U15B team were equally impressive, with Abel Tesfalem and Paul Burgess running identical times to finish joint fastest individual runners in their age group. The team was led off at Stoke Park, Guildford, by Feysel Nadew.
After the gold rush, Harriers’ U17W team of Francesca Reid-Lloyd, Skye O’Shaughnessy and Georgia Green, and the club’s U17M trio of Ed Olsen, Abdu Mohammed and Lascelles Hussey, had to settle for silvers in their races. Olsen once again impressed by clocking the second fastest individual time.
One notable absentee at Guildford was Katy-Ann McDonald who was instead racing at the British Athletics Cross Challenge meeting in Bristol, where she finished second in the U15W race.
Closer to home, Host club Herne Hill also won the men’s and women’s team prizes at the Emer Casey London 10k in Brockwell Park on Sunday. Winston Parkinson, Robin Sanderson and Michael Collins made up the men’s contingent, while Cleo Bartholomew, Emi Murata an Laura Toal were the three leading club women.
A number of Herne Hill athletes were involved in marathons in what was one of the busiest weekends for races over 26.2 miles. Jonny Muir finished fourth at a windy Beachy Head Marathon in Sussex, clocking three hours, eight minutes, 47 seconds. Glen Keegan was 787th in 5.12.58. Jonathan Ratcliffe was third M45 and 23rd overall at the Snowdonia Marathon, running 3.03.12. Kelvin Barber represented Harriers at the BMW Frankfurt Marathon, clocking a personal best 3.01.45 in finishing 767th. Andrew Grigg posted a time of 3.36.10 to finish in position number 3,129.