The first competitive race of the winter season saw us bring home two sets of medals in the Middlesex Young Athletes Road Relays at Minet Park in Hayes. There were also some promising individual performances from new members.
The U17 women took silver after the usual battle with Thames Valley Harriers. Nicola Ravenhill led them out over the 3000m course, returning with nearly half a minute’s advantage over the rest of the field. Laura Stewart ran a swift second leg but was up against India Weir of TVH, who ran the fastest lap of the day, and the team slipped to second. On anchor leg, Erica Wallace was unable to close on Kosana Weir, the fastest runner in the race after her sister. With Harrow already a distant third, Erica had only to run a solid leg to secure silver. The photo shows, from left to right. Erica, Laura and Nicola. Thanks to Laura’s mum Kay for the photo.
Newcomer Zoe Crown produced a very useful second leg in the U15 girls’ B team, and should be a great asset to the squad.
The U15 boys’ team placed third, with the three team members running almost identical times. Shaftesbury Barnet were never headed, but the race was a less clear-cut affair further down the field. With most teams opting to put their fastest runner on leg one, Patrick Owen could only finish fifth, despite putting in a solid run. Ilyes Iman was then the quickest second leg of the race, bringing them up to third. (Ilyes is pictured right, with thanks to Armando Lamagna for the great shot). At this point, they were only a second ahead of Highgate, but Naoki Kanai was able to open out a 20-second lead.
In the individual 1500m races for U11s, the club’s youngest runner was nine year old Ashana McClunie who ran very well in her first race. In the boys’ race, Najiib Hersi placed seventh, while newcomer Finn Combe was just three seconds behind in ninth. Armando’s photo below shows them battling it out!
Davide and Matteo’s dad Armando took loads of great photos, we’ll get them onto the Facebook gallery asap.
ESM results summary
3 x 3000m
U17 men: 5 (John Fielding 10:03, Alex Sungtong 11:49, Luke Adar 10:51) 32:43
U15 boys: 3 (Patrick Owen 11:02, Ilyes Iman 11:01, Naoki Kanai 11:07) 33:10; also Davide Lamagna 12:33
U13 boys: 7 (Dylan Rice 11:36, Talvin McClunie 14:18, Matteo Lamagna 12:34) 38:28
U17 women: 2 (Nicola Ravenhill 11:22, Laura Stewart 11:46, Erica Wallace 11:24) 34:32; 4 (Martha Hayward 14:05, Jennie Connelly 14:05, Roisin Lynch 13:28) 41:38
U15 girls: 5 (Cameron Thomas 12:50, Lucy O’Brien 12:21, Anisa Ibrahim 12:57) 38:08; 9 (Maryam Hussain 13:03, Zoe Crown 12:49, Sarah Freegard 15:12) 41:04
U11 boys: 7 Najiib Hersi 5:31; 9 Finn Combe 5:34
U11 girls: 13 Ashana McClunie 6:37
Full results here