Southern XC Relays Report
Saturday saw us well represented at the Southern XC Relays which took place at Wormwood Scrubs in London.
First up were our U13G team of Maisie McCalla, Millie White and Katie New. Maisie got the team off to a great start coming home in 15th and was well supported by our other 2 Girls bringing the Girls home in a creditable 22nd place.
Next were our U13B who were looking to build on a strong performance they gave last month in the Southern Road Relays. Fletcher Hart on leg 1 really put down a marker by handing over to James Bagot in 2nd place, James ran a great 2nd Leg to hand over in 3rd place. This left Samuel Rai the difficult job of trying to hold off many of the other clubs top runners in order to secure a medal. Samuel ran a great leg and brought the boys home in 6th place which was a fabulous performance.
Our last 2 junior teams were both in the U15G race. The A team of Lavinia Rai, Beth Davidse and Kelly Marie–Marsh finished in an excellent 13th place in what was probably the most competitive of all the junior races. The B team of Lucy Spencer, Jessica Kinnear and Josie Ryder really dug deep to bring the team home in 27th.
Last up were our Senior men's team of Simon Byrne, Ethan Peirce, Simon Dill and Bryan Tonkin.
This was an extremely high standard race and leg 1 saw Simon Byrne run a storming leg to hand over to Ethan in an amazing 9th place, Ethan ran a superb leg to hand over to Simon Dill in 12th who in turn kept the team in the mix by finishing leg 3 with the team in 13th. The last leg was ran by Veteran Bryan Tonkin who was also making his competitive debut for the club (thanks Skipper!). Bryan produced probably the performance of the day in securing 18th place whilst holding off a string of considerably younger athletes from some very well established clubs. This was a great result by the SM and an improvement on last year.
All in all this was an excellent event and a great day which could be improved upon further by increased participation across all the age groups both boys and girls.