South of England XC Champs – Brighton – Sat 27 Jan 2018

Mohamed Ali at a recent Met League

Well done to the ESM athletes who travelled down to Brighton last weekend, despite the lack of a train service. (And commiserations to all who had to face the motorway closures on the way home!)

Congratulations especially to Mohamed Ali who won the Under 15 boys’ race. His game plan, explains coach Steve Mann, was to sit for the first lap and then gradually pick up the pace on the second lap. He found himself at the front with 2.2km to go, but held on well to win comfortably. U15 Arun Manget had a strong run too, and it was good to see the U15 and U13 boys field complete teams.

In the U20 men’s race, Mukhtar Farah had a solid run and judged it well to come 24th. In the same race, George Kerry was not on top form, but took the opportunity to prepare for London Schools next week.

U17 Chauncey Edwards made a positive start in what was a very long race for him, but good strength work.

In the U17 women’s race, Nicola Ravenhill made a conservative start and progressed through the field, although she struggled on the steep downhills where she lost several places. However, she still has two more years in this age group.

Some of the athletes had also competed on Thursday at the Middlesex Schools, Steve adds, so it was good couple of days work from them.

U13B (3K): 144 Maximilian Steel 11:58; 170 Louis Saint 12:12; 183 Arun Smith 2:21; 208 Mohamed Ibrahim 12:36; 257 Marco Lamagna 14:46; 260 Thomas Musie 14:57; (260 finished; 31/31 teams)

U15B (4.5K): 1 Mohamed Ali 14:15; 126 Arun Manget 16:41; 216 Thomas Barry 18:50; 220 Matteo Lamagna 19:01 (232 finished; 22/26 teams)

U15G (4K): 205 Charlotte Cooney-Quinn 20:01 (211 finished)

U17M (6K): 149 Chauncey Edwards 25:45 (169 finished)

U17W (5K): 61 Anisa Ibrahim 20:20 (115 finished)

U20M (8K): 24 Mukhtar Farah 28:58; 55 George Kerry 31:40 (69 finished)

U20W (6K): 23 Nicola Ravenhill 25:27 (61 finished)

SM (15K): 416 Rob Brown (M50) 69:02; 480 James Steel (M45) 71:40;  574 Ian Leslie (M60) 75:55 (740 finished)

Full results on powerof10