The London Youth Games is a multi-sport competition held annually between the 32 Boroughs of London, and ESM provides a significant proportion of the athletes representing the Borough of Ealing. We were out in force last Saturday morning for the cross country races at Parliament Hill overlooking Central London.
This year, the Borough finished sixth overall in the boys’ races and 11th in the girls’ races. According to the delighted Ealing Team Organiser Jo Valks, the boys finished five places higher than last year while the girls were two places higher.
Jo adds: “We had some fantastic results with the U11 girls finishing in 4th place overall and the U15 boys finishing in 6th place overall, thanks to a fantastic 6th place finish for Seweryn Czapka [ESM]. A special mention must go to Mohamed Ali [ESM] who won a gold medal for the third year running and Abdi Khalif who won bronze in the boys U17 race, despite just moving up into the older category and Elias Ahmed [ESM] and William Aitken finishing in 5th and 11th respectively in the same race. . . well done to all the U17 boys who brought home the team gold medal!! However it is a real team performance so congratulations must go to all, WELL DONE everyone who took part“.
Well done to Mia, who struggled with a tight hamstring but managed to hobble round to the finish. It was a bad day for Lucys too, as Lucy O’Brien pulled up mid-race while Lucy Henson was too ill to take part.
More photos from Bridie Lebdiri and James Steel on the ESM Facebook page.
ESM results summary
U11 Boys (1.5K): 27 Finlay Vadon 6:36 (14th team, 149 ran)
U13 Boys (2K): 68 Edward Cooper 8:15, 78 George Simpson 8:20, 88 Alec Edgar 8:24, 143 Otto Lawrence 8:42 (19th team, 232 ran)
U15 Boys (3K): 6 Seweryn Czapka 10:30, 27 Marcus West 11:06, 35 Vitaly Bender 11:20, 45 Thomas Edgar 11:32, 70 Leo Djankoff 11:50, 138 Maxi Steel 12:45 (5th team, 181 ran)
U17 Men (4.5K): 1 Mohamed Ali 16:00, 5 Elias Ahmed 16:52, 54 Arun Manget 18:53, 69 Chauncey Edwards 19:38 (1st team, 132 ran)
U11 Girls (1.5K): 24 Kara Larkam 7:05 (4th team, 165 ran)
U13 Girls (2K): 109 Olivia Grigg 9:19, 229 Catherine Gallagher 10:57, 241 Mia De Vivenot 11:58 (25th team, 247 ran)
U15 Girls (2K): 163 Millie Vadon 9:46, 167 Josie Booker 9:49 (17th team, 193 ran)
U17 Women (3K): 78 Fiona Coutts 15:08, 84 Amira Nuseibeh 15:32, 94 Katie Hay 16:50 (13th team, 99 ran)