Youngsters maintain fine form in Surrey XC League

Herne Hill Harriers young athletes maintained their good form in the third Surrey cross country league matches on Saturday 15th Jan at a muddy Ham along the side of the Thames Towpath.

Katie Snowden led the way with a convincing win in the U17 women race consolidatingon her third place in the previous week’s Surrey County championships & supported byJessica Quartey-Pigot (8th), Maisie Hillare (10th) and Emily Seager (12th) the U17 womenhad a narrow team win by six points.

There were also wins in both the boys team races with Paul Burgess winning theindividual U13 boys race & Merhawi Yemane winning the U15/17 boys race. Paul ledhome the U13 boys team reversing form from the previous weeks Surrey champs & withgood packing from Max Ferrari (4th), Alfie Brown (5th), Andrejz Fanner (6th) & JamesBates (8th) the clubs colts team beat Reigate by 29 points to increase their Surrey leaguelead. The Under 15/17 boys team race was much closer with only three points separatingHerne Hill & Hercules Wimbledon but the narrow win consolidates our lead in theLeague table with one match in February remaining. Again good packing enabled the winwith Mehawi leading home Robert Hanson (3rd) Alex Wheeldon (5th) Amiin Jisow (9th)& Aaron Clarke (13th).

In the girls races there were other excellent runs from Southern indoor 800m championGeorgie Hay (3rd) who led home the U15 girls team of Ashleigh Campbell(14th), BillieBarbour (16th) & Izzy Broughton (20th) in fourth place & Skye O’Shaughnessey (9th)in the U13 girls race supported by Natalja Woollny (13th) Izzy Lamport-Went (14th) & Oliva Lamont (17th) who helped the team finish 3rd on the day. Both teams improved their league positions with consistent performances on a day where over thirty youngsters represented the club.