Two new league records were set as 156 finishers in the women’s race were followed by another 392 in the men’s race. Although the recent cold spell was replaced by much milder weather, the steep hill and treacherous mud made this a good pre-Christmas test for the challenges ahead in 2013. ESM’s Ally Pally runners were:
Under-13 boys: John Fielding followed up his Stevenage win with second place. George Kerry (9th), Patrick Owen (30th) and Bradley Payne (35th) completed the scoring for the A team who slip to third in the table after finishing fourth. Maateo Vao (36th) and Luke Adar (44th) were the B team scorers.
Under-13 girls: Maryam Hussain (14th), Nicola Ravenhill (15th), Shiva Basu (25th) and Cameron Thomas (28th) were the team’s scorers ahead of Beth Neil (33rd). The girls hold on to fourth place in the table after finishing in fourth place.
Under-15 boys/Under-17 men: ESM did very well to finish sixth with a team comprised mainly of U15’s. Mukhtar Farah was first home in 10th place followed by Rashid Riyad (18th) and U17 Zephon Allen (23rd). Reece Farren completed the scoring in 36th place ahead of Conor McCarthy who was 45th. In a very competitive league, the team are now in eighth place.
Mark Delahunty (181st) just edged ahead of V40 James Steel (182nd) and U20 newcomer Max Wells-Pestell ran well despite not having spikes for 227th. Another U20, Akira Anzai-Jackson (287th) and V45 Peter Drew (289th) completed the A team scoring. With Eamon Bradley (313th) leading home Steve Plested (321st), Ian Birch (326th), Ian Leslie (327th), James O’Neill (339th), Rob Howells (343rd), Andy Dodd (360th) and Tim Hannah (386th), this was the team’s best turnout of the season.
Doubly unfortunately, the A team only finished tenth while Woodford’s B team finished in sixth ahead of both TVH and Hillingdon. As a result they have leapt above ESM in the Division One table and there is now a 216 point deficit for us to make up in the last two matches to avoid the drop. Better news for the vets team which only finished third in the Veteran Men’s Division Two but stay top of the table.