ATW Metropolitan League – Alexandra Palace – Sat 15 Dec 2012

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.

Zephon, Reece, Conor, Mukhtar and Rashid set off 
Under-15 girls/Under-17 women:   Erica Wallace had one of her best runs for 11th place. Courtney Marshall was 21st and Olivia Will 23rd. Katrina Will (24th) edged out Josie Elliott (25th) as final scorer ahead of Jennie Connolly who was 31st. The team’s fourth place was their best Met League result of the season so far and they sit joint fourth in the table.

Women:   strong runs from Alison Hopkins (27th) and Fiona Kennedy (50th) led the way. With Patricia Thomas dropping out early on, it was Claudia Manera who was next to finish in 82nd place. Carol Jones (92nd) and Gill Morgan (103rd) completed the scoring ahead of the two B team scorers, Mary Walsh (125th) and Julia Gristwood (151st). Although the team only finished fifth, they hold on to the second promotion spot in the Division 2 table and have a healthy lead over the chasing teams. They also had a good result against the other veteran women teams, finishing third and holding on to fourth place in Division One.

Men:  before the start of the race, league administrator Gavin Collett paid tribute to Mike Barratt whose achievements included the most veteran men’s league wins. Another top run from Rob Wilson for 27th place saw him come home nearly three minutes clear of the first of four of Ealing’s under-20’s, Ben Waterman, who was 89th. Nicholas Landeau (128th), Mark Cameron (136th) and Mo Hashi (143rd) were followed in by Jonny Lane in 146th place and first veteran Rob Brown (168th).

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.

The men’s club championship standings after six races can be seen here:ClubChamps2012-13race6
The next ATW Metropolitan League takes place at Horsenden Hill on 12th January. All of our teams will need the best possible turnouts to have a chance of improving their league positions. We will also need lots of volunteers to help put on the event: marking, marshalling, clearing up and officiating on the course plus clearing up afterwards at Perivale Community Centre.
Photo by Jean King