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Country Plate Competition
like the "good old days"
but mince pies and flapjack as well!
Surrey Cross Country League Division One, Race Three, Petersham,
Richmond Park, 15 December 2001.
old Cross Country Captain from the 1960s, Gerry North, was on the
course and in his words it was, “Just like the good old days,”
as a stream of claret and gold vests were prominent at the
head of the field throughout the race and were finally led home by
the man in form – Steve Sharp.
A real effort had been made to round up a team that
could claw back the 61 points advantage that Thames Hare &
Hounds had over us – but with our rivals having a very rare
“off” day, we actually went clear at the top of the league by
that we didn’t have our share of bad luck as well.
International 800m runner Jason Lobo had a nightmare of a
run and didn’t score;
Kevin Nash (surely on for a place in the top three) twisted
an ankle whilst warming up and couldn’t run at all;
Al Stewart, suffering from a cold and running some 25
places lower than usual, came out after a lap when it was obvious
that we had ten or more in front who could handle the situation;
Skipper Rog Alsop, still fighting that groin strain, had to
use every effort to get into the scoring team instead of his
normal position some dozen or so higher.
Without these setbacks we might well have scored less than
we were very lucky to have Charles Herrington in the team this
time – and at any time in the future.
A few days earlier he had come off his Kawasaki at 55-60
mph to avoid hitting a car that had pulled out in front of him.
His bike was a “write-off” but bruises and a taped up
wrist and thumb were not going to stop him from turning out and he
aided our effort considerably.
Charles tells us that he is now finished with motor-biking!
Petersham corner of Richmond Park was at its windswept coldest as
the field set out and before long a group of three were away from
the pack – Steve Sharp, Gary Staines (South London) and Alistair
The Belgrave man looks the perfect runner with his light
frame and balanced style;
for the whole race, he seemed to be completely in control.
It was a good day for 1500 metre-men, for Adam Zawadski,
after a very gentle opening lap saw him well back in the first
third of the field, tore through the pack to get up to 7th, while
Chris Moss was a revelation, coming home a mere 4 seconds out of
favourites Paul Freary and Lee Hurst gave us five men home in the
first ten and the hot tea, flapjack and mince pies were being
devoured before the team had closed in.
Charlie Herrington pushed his bruised frame into the top
twenty just two seconds ahead of another terrific run from Will
Will has scored in every single league race over the past
three seasons and seeing the Belgrave team stacked with star track
men he was "blowed" if he was going to be pushed out
His effort took him ahead of his rival Knut Hegvold and our
all this low scoring we still found Thames men streaming home in
the teens to thirties and incredibly they again managed to get ten
through the funnel before us – just – as Joachim Wolf, with
one of his best ever runs in this competition, carried home the
lantern rouge for the Bels. – just behind the last Thames man.
it’s not over yet.
We probably haven’t gone into the last race with an
advantage in the last 30 years but with the remaining race at
Coulsdon some six weeks off in the middle of the indoor season and
the week after the Southern Championships, we’ll have to make
every endeavour to turn out a strong squad to ensure that we hold
the youngsters’ race just three clubs turned out – South
London, Belgrave and Herne Hill.
First lad home for Belgrave was Paul Graham who recently
represented Suffolk in the Schools Inter-Counties.
In spite of Matthew Jiggins placing 7th and closing in a
full team, we found ourselves in third team place – although
still in the overall lead with just the one race to go.
We were also third in the youngest category but here the
overall position is really close and if we can just find five
under 13s we can go into the lead.
and Under 20 Men: 1 S.Sharp (Belgrave) 27:53; 2 G.Staines (South
London) 27:59; 3 A.Moses (Reigate Priory) 28:17; 4 C.Moss 28:21; 5
P.Freary 28:25; 7 A.Zawadski 28:32; 8 L.Hurst 28:42; 18
C.Herrington 29:39; 20 W.Cockerell 29:41; 21 K.Hegvold 29:44; 33
R.Alsop 30:23; 38 J.Wolf 30:41; 41 K.Quinn 30:48; 45 G.Lavender
30:59; 47 J.Lobo 31:09; 52 A.Jones 31:20; 78 M.Byansi 32:35; 85
W.Lynch 32:50; 86 L.Greatorex 32:53; 108 S.Zealy 34:01; 116
M.Anderson 34:31; 131 R.Marcus 35:22; 160 E.Asiedu 44:22.
1 Belgrave H 148; 2 Thames H&H 246; 3 Herne Hill H 256; 4
South London H 416; 5 Aldershot F&D 424; 6 Reigate Priory 560;
7 Ranelagh 625; 8 West 4 H 684; 9 Boxhill R 736.
after three races: 1 Belgrave H 549; 2 Thames H&H 586; 3 Herne
Hill H 892; 4 South London H 1460; 5 Aldershot F&D 1481; 6
Ranelagh 1523; 7 Reigate Priory 1811; 8 West 4 H 1875; 9 Boxhill R
17 Men/Under 15 Boys: 1 P.Canavan (SLH) 16:04; 3 P.Graham 16:42; 7
M.Jiggins 17:21; 10 P.Cowling 18:16; 12 E.Rimdap 18:34; 14 J.Sines
18:51; 16 R.Collier 20:18; 17 J.Ordway 20:36; 18 R.Bailey 25:34.
1 South London H 29; 2 Herne Hill H 45; 3 Belgrave 46.
after three matches: 1 Belgrave H 109; 2 South London H 134; 3
Herne Hill H 222.
13 Boys: 1 P.Humphrey (South London) 17:44; 3 A.Graham 19:05; 4
1 Herne Hill H 71; 2 South London H 82.5; 3 Belgrave H 86.5.
after three matches: 1 South London H 225.5; 2 Belgrave H 237; 3
Herne Hill H 272.5.
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Cross Country Plate
Under 15/Under 13 results
Senior Women's results
Women’s Cross Country League Division Two, Race Three,
Petersham, Richmond Park, 15 December 2001.
with the second marshalling error of the season, the junior girls
headed off on a longer route than planned, this time going way
beyond the ponds.
On the plus side, at least all of the girls followed this
route therefore the finishing positions weren’t affected.
Collier suffered from a hamstring injury prior to the race thereby
explaining her drop down the field.
However, Louise’s performance, together with the
excellent runs from Lizzie Hodges and U13 Kirsty Burns helped the
girls to finish in 3rd on the day and maintain overall 3rd
position in the league.
With the supporting cast of Sharena, Belinda and Emily,
more at home in the sprints on the track, the girls look likely to
finish in their highest team position in the league for a number
didn’t have any U17/U20 athletes, with Debbie Hearn suffering
from a cold. Unfortunately having missed one match already this
puts Debbie out of any potential individual medal position for the
end of season.
seniors, however, managed to pull together another strong field,
despite a few injured and ill athletes, and still look to be on
target to win Division 2.
large combined Div 1/ Div 2 pack started the race and with the
ground frozen a hard and fast race was soon under progress.
Our girls took the first short lap round the woods at a
reasonable, safe pace picking up speed on the second longer lap.
Hegvold, as ever this season, proved a dominant force in the team
but was just pipped to first Division Two runner home by our
(once) very own Judy Oakley, now running for Tadworth.
Despite this being her first cross country since leaving
school, Juliette Clark showed that her remarkable triathlon and
road talent could also be translated onto the cross country with
3rd place – perhaps we will see a new regular in the coming
cross country races?
seniors were remarkably closely packed yet again, with our first 5
athletes coming home in the top 10. Nikki Haines came home 3rd for
the Belles, in 5th overall, and non-scorer Mathilde Heaton (still
waiting clearance from London Irish), was just 2 places further
down in 7th. Syreeta Stracey showed she’d still got the pace for
cross-country despite her focus being on middle distance track
events, and similarly with our 5th scorer, Vicki Goodwin in 17th.
welcome return to the team came in the form of Karen Fenner whose
form was still strong despite having a baby earlier this year –
there’s rather a lot of that happening with the Belles at the
Kate Dillane maintained her steady pace throughout and
finished in 27th.
just one more match to go (Coulsdon 2nd February) it looks like
it’s definitely promotion for the Belles.
However, we already know of a few absentees from the team
for this race so please can everyone else make sure they’re fit
and ready for the next race.
Champion positions at present show Anne Hegvold with a strong lead
in 1st place (29 points).
Nikki Haines is currently in 2nd with 17 points, Tania
Sturton in 3rd with 16 points and Vicki Goodwin/Syreeta Stracey
are in 4th with 13 points each. The competition will also take
into account the Southerns and Nationals, so there could be a few
surprises still in the final positions!
Women: 1 J.Oakley (Tadworth) 21:49; 2 A.Hegvold (Belgrave) 21:53;
3 J.Clark (Belgrave) 22:25; 5 N.Haines 22:51; 7 M.Heaton (n/s)
23:00; 9 S.Stracey 23:20; 17 V.Goodwin 24:38; 18 K.Fenner 24:45;
27 K.Dillane 25:37; 40 F.Eagle 26:35; 60 S.Howard 28:36; 75,
N.Mills 29:19; dnf T.Sturton; 107 finished.
1 Belgrave H 34; 2 Stragglers 93; 3 Sutton R 143.
after three races: 1 Belgrave H 48 (117); 2 Stragglers 47 (212); 3
Reigate Priory 39 (435).
15 Girls: 1 M.Knespl (Herc.Wimb) 18:37; 14 L.Collier 20:30; 15
L.Hodges 20:35; 17 K.Burns (U13) 21:11; 25 S.Macgregor 21:53; 39
B.Cobden-Ramsey 23:37; 40 E.Collins (U13) 23:58; 48 finished.
1 Sutton & District 49; 2 Dorking & MV 58; 3 Belgrave H
after three races: 1 Sutton & District 35 (162); 2 Guildford
& Godalming 30 (198); 3 Belgrave H 30 (216).
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Cross Country Plate Competition
run riot on our own patch!
Surrey Cross Country League Division One, Race Two, Wimbledon
Common, 17 November 2001.
came early for Thames Hare & Hounds this year - and they were
most generous in the quantity of stuffing that they loaded onto
the Belgrave platter!
knew we were on dodgy ground when we found that several of our
regular low scorers were unavailable due to recent over-racing,
being in New Zealand or due to run at Margate or other exotic
locations. But an
outside chance of a win was still being considered on the eve of
the race - and even if we were second then the overall deficit at
the end of the day would surely only be 20-30 points.
As it worked out, Thames themselves were short of a few men
- but they certainly didn't need them as they closed their team in
with the 25th man home. We now face the task of pulling back 61 points and as it is
rare for Thames to ever have a bad day, even two Belgrave wins
will not guarantee that we can do that.
It's going to be exciting, that's for sure.
your scribe was stuck in the office producing the results he
cannot give a blow by blow account of the race but it must be
recorded that there were some fine runs from the Bels to keep us
in the game. For a
man not keen on cross country Steve Sharp seemed to enjoy himself
immensely and Steve Kennefick, Captain Rog. (running with a groin
strain) and Will Cockerell all improved on their Brockwell Park
Knut Hegvold, the recent celebration of a 40th birthday has made
no impression on his psyche as he was up with the leaders from the
start; who is to say that this Norwegian international will not
place higher yet. Maybe
we can invoke the spirit of Knut's famous namesake and get him to
command the Thames tide to cease its flow.
Unofficially he now leads the veteran competition from
Ranelagh's Hugh Jones.
one of the remaining five of our scorers – Joachim Wolf, Guy
Lavender, Kevin Quinn, Alister Jones and Lloyd Catley – had been
among the “ten” in match one, a fact which says a lot for our
depth these days.
Youths and Boys competition is also being hotly contested by two
teams. With Matthew
Jiggins leading the way, the Belgrave lads packed well to move
ahead of South London Harriers who had taken match one by just 4
points. However, the situation was reversed in the under 13 race
where once again Luke Shettle had to settle for second place
behind South London’s Humphrey.
But that team race is also far from over as there are only
7.5 points between the Bels and leaders SLH.
It’s going to be difficult but it’s by no means
impossible that all three team titles could be taken by Belgrave
by the end of the season.
thanks to all the course marshals and particularly Don Anderson
and Tony Binda who did a great job marking out the trail - also to
Gordon Biscoe who controlled the start and finish areas and to all
the officials who turned out to help.
and Under 20 Men: 1 D.Taylor (Herne Hill) 26:06; 2 S.Sharp
(Belgrave) 26:34; 3 G.Staines (South London) 26:45; 8 K.Hegvold
(M40) 27:39; 13 S.Kennefick 27:58; 14 R.Alsop 28:00; 16
W.Cockerell 28:09; 27 J.Wolf 28:41; 28 G.Lavender 28:47; 36
K.Quinn 29:03; 39 A.Jones 29:10; 52 L.Catley 29:46; 56 M.Byansi
29:56; 57 P.Carstairs (M40) 29:57; 66 W.Lynch 30:18; 73
L.Greatorex 30:37; 76 M.Webb 30:42; 86 M.Anderson 31:14; 87
J.Skilbeck-Nelson (U20) 31:14; 88 S.Connor 31:16; 92 S.Zealy
31:27; 136 R.Harding 33:48; 142 R.Marcus 34:22; 155 H.Corbett
(M40) 35:10; 161 J.Murray 36:36; 169 finished.
1 Thames H&H 145; 2 Belgrave H 226; 3 Herne Hill H 290; 4
South London 435; 5 Ranelagh H 438; 6 Aldershot F&D 448; 7
West 4 645; 8 Boxhill R 669; 9 Reigate Priory 799.
after two matches: 1 Thames H&H 340; 2 Belgrave H 401; 3 Herne
Hill H 636; 4 Ranelagh H 898; 5 South London H 1044; 6 Aldershot
F&D 1057; 8 Reigate Priory 1251; 9 Boxhill R 1372.
17 Men and Under 15 Boys: 1 M.Lloyd (South London U15) 15:40; 2
M.Jiggins (Belgrave U15) 16:06; 3 P.Cowling (Belgrave U15) 16:39;
5 W.Bailey (U17) 17:26; 6 E.Rimdap (U15) 17:27; 7 J.Sines (U17)
17:50; 8 R.Collier (U15) 18:46.
1 Belgrave 23; 2 South London 69; 3 Herne Hill 118.
after two matches: 1Belgrave H 63; 2 South London H 105; 3 Herne
Hill H 177.
13 Boys: 1 P.Humphrey (South London) 16:32; 2 L.Shettle (Belgrave)
16:55; 3 B.Ladbroke (South London) 17:10; 6 C.Taylor 18:45.
1 South London H 61; 2 Belgrave 87.5; 3 Herne Hill 91.5.
after two matches: 1 South London H 143; 2 Belgrave H 150.5; 3
Herne Hill H 201.5
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Cross Country Plate
running from Anne Hegvold
Women’s Cross Country League Division Two, Race Two, Tilford, 17
Collier proved that she could deliver the goods by winning the
second race of the season, despite previous race’s set-back.
The girls are holding third position in the league, and
with the strong performances of Catherine Olawore and Lizzie
Hodges, chances are that they will continue on this form.
Little Kirsty Burns, as an U13, is still running well, placing
14th U13 girl. Hopefully,
she’ll maintain this interest, and we’ll see her running well
in this race for the next couple of years.
Hearn is getting back into racing again, and managed 9th position
in her first race of the season.
A touch more speed work is perhaps needed still, but with 2
more league matches to go, there’s a chance she can still pull a
strong performance out of the bag.
Hegvold, for the senior’s, had an excellent race and showed that
she is a talent to be watched. First in Division 2, she was part
of the leading pack of four overall, which was eventually won by
Clare Pauzers (Herne Hill). Non-scorer Mathilde Heaton is
waiting to be cleared to run for Belgrave, but will help reinforce
the team packing we’re seeing a lot of this season.
Nikki Neal (previously Haines) is back racing with a
vengeance having had a baby at the beginning of the year, and was
possibly surprised at the strength of the team this season. Tania
Sturton had a reliable run as always, despite a leg injury, and
Vicki Goodwin returned to cross-country after a few years absence,
her more recent focus being on the track.
were a few absentees, resulting in the Belles just being pipped by
the Stragglers. With
two matches to go, and our lead to date being confirmed,
we still have a chance of promotion as Division 2
champions, but the Stragglers have proved they won’t stand by
and let that happen easily.
the next race practically on home turf at Richmond we should be
able to field a strong team and extend our lead.
Women. 1 A.Hegvold (Belgrave) 20:07; 3 M.Heaton (n/s Belgrave)
21:05; 5 N.Neal 21:24; 9 T.Sturton 21:56; 16 V.Goodwin 23:37; 35
F.Eagle 25:45; 54 N.Mills 27:17; 74 D.Hopkins 31:24.
1 Stragglers 58; 2 Belgrave H 62; 3 Reigate Priory 264.
after two races: 1 Belgrave H 31 (83); 2 Stragglers 31 (119); 3
Reigate Priory 26 (264).
20 Women. 1 J.Gardner (Guildford & Godalming) 18:48; 9 D.Hearn
after two races: 1 Guildford 12 (20); 2 Ranelagh H 9 (83); 3 Epsom
& Ewell H 9 (94; 6 Belgrave H 2 (78).
15 Girls. 1 L.Collier 12.35; 13 C.Olawore 13.26; 16 L.Hodges
13.35; 25 K.Burns (U13) 14.08; 39 C.Hopkins 15.23.
Teams: 1 Dorking 48; 2 Guildford & Godalming 50; 3 Belgrave H
Overall after two races: 1 Sutton & District 23 (113); 2
Guildford & Godalming 23 (114); 3 Belgrave H 20 (145).
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of Thames "Junior" Cross Country
miles, Farthing Downs, Coulsdon, 10 November 2001.
the first time this winter the men’s team placed just out of the
medals but made up for it by providing the two individual male
group of four broke away on the first loop around Farthing Downs
with a representative from each of the main protagonists in the
Our own Stephen Kennefick, a past winner of the North of
Thames Senior Championship, looked comfortable in that foursome
and not too far behind was 17 year-old Jonathan Blackledge,
leading the under 20 competition by a street.
on the second circuit it came down to two men - Kennefick and
Haarer of Ranelagh.
Each man took his turn at testing his rival until from half
a mile out and all the way down the long descent to the finish, it
was one almighty sprint.
Eventually it was the Ranelagh man who cracked but as
Stephen said afterwards, “It was just the luck of the draw, it
could so easily have been me!”
maintained his high order placing and is in a position to contest
the under 20 award for the next two seasons.
Alister Jones shows every sign of being a regular scorer in
races ahead while Warren Lynch ran well to close in the team.
was the first time that a women’s race has been incorporated in
We didn’t have a Belgrave squad but Tania Sturton, fresh
from a win in the colours of St. Mary’s University College in
the week, placed a creditable 7th, enjoying the extra distance.
1 S.Kennefick (Belgrave) 29:14; 2 P.Haarer (Ranelagh) 29:20; 3
I.Munt (Herne Hill) 29:31; 7 J.Blackledge (1st U20) 30:04; 16 A
Jones 31:01; 45 W.Lynch 31:31; 61 L.Greatorex 33:26; 89 D.Anderson
35:27; 162 finished.
1 Ranelagh (2, 5, 6, 22) 35; 2 Herne Hill (3, 10, 12, 21) 46; 3
Kent (4, 8, 11, 26) 49; 4 Belgrave (1, 7, 16, 45) 69; 30 teams
1 J.Butler (Blackheath) 33:31; 2 C.Pauzers (Herne Hill) 34:19; 3
F.Clark (Crawley) 34:47; 7 T.Sturton 37:20;30 finished.
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up against it in Priory Relay
Joachim Wolf sets out for the Bels. on stage one.
Photo by Patricia Mead
Priory 6 x 2.5 miles Cross Country Relay, Reigate Priory Park, 3
spite of setting an overall time 20 seconds faster than our
winning performance of last year, the Bels. had to settle for
second place behind a Herne Hill Harriers outfit who were clear
rivals immediately made an impression with their B team leading
the first stage, through Andy Weir, and their A team lying 3rd,
just ahead of our own Joachim Wolf, who gave us another solid
start. Skipper Roger
Alsop then set about the runners ahead with a determination that
took Belgrave into the lead on stage two with
the club’s fastest run of the day.
It was hoped that Charles Herrington and Rob McHarg would
be able to extend the advantage but both were unable to turn in
times as fast as they would have liked and with Herne Hill’s
Dave Taylor on the final stage the Bels. were up against it.
Lee Greatorex was promoted from the B team when it was
realised that we were going to be one man short and in spite of a
strong performance the red and black of Herne Hill once again went
ahead. Will Cockerell
made sure that at least the silver medals would be salvaged,
running two seconds faster than his previous best for the course.
member Alister Jones, Running Captain with New Zealand’s
Wellington Olympic, was welcomed into the squad as he started out
for the B team and he was followed by Austrian 800 metre champion
Mario Handle, another newcomer, who was fastest B runner.
1 Herne Hill H 1:22:14; 2 Belgrave H 1:24:19; 3 Brighton &
Hove AC 1:25:45; 33 teams started; 30 finished.
– J.Wolf 13:56; R.Alsop 13:35; C.Herrington 13:48; R.McHarg
14:02; L.Greatorex 15:01; W.Cockerell 13:57.
– A.Jones 14:21; M.Handle 13:53; D.Kelleher 15:51; K.Quinn
14:27; S.Connor 15:24; W.Lynch 15:50.
– W.Lynch 15:22; S.Zealy 15:34; D.Anderson 18:03 (delayed
start); H.Corbett 18:10; R.Bale 18:29.
D.Taylor (HHH) 12:52; A.Moses (Reigate Priory) 13:11; M.Buss
(Brighton & Hove) 13:34.
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Men's AAA Relay
AAA 6-Stage Road Relay, Sutton Coldfield, 27 October 2001.
Barden, Lee Hurst, Alaster Stewart, Paul Freary and Steve Sharp
take charge of the trophy. Photo by
was our third trip to Sutton Park for the “Six-Stage” and as
it turned out it really was a case of “third time lucky”.
This event was first held in 1969 but was not tackled by
the Bels until thirty years later – 1999 – when we came away
just out of the medals in 4th.
Then last year saw us fight back from a first leg 35th to a
final place of 6th. This
time we took the lead on the third lap and after a tremendous
battle with Southern 6-Stage winners Windsor, Slough Eton &
Hounslow, held on until the end where the final margin of victory
was no more than 4 seconds. It was a day when the whole race
took on a Southern slant as Newham & Essex Beagles came home
4th, Blackheath 8th and Aldershot 10th.
With third place going to Welsh Champions Cardiff, only
four slots were left in the top ten for the normal favourites from
the North and Midlands; previous Champions Morpeth were down in
Windsor had the top two fastest times of the day plus another in
the top ten, for the Belgrave team only Steve Sharp gained a
top ten clocking. The Bels. strength was in the fact that
the whole team was solid – a mere 23 seconds covering fastest to
slowest of the six men.
No wonder team selection had been so tough!
a couple of stages to go the odds seemed to be favouring WSE&H
but nothing is certain in athletics and this time the gods smiled
in our direction. Conrad
Milton and the Windsor Team Manager were magnanimous in defeat
after they really believed that they’d got it; and all credit to
Windsor runners Sam Haughian and Mo’ Farah who ran superbly.
course was longer than the advertised normal distance, probably
being right on 6 kilometres and as a result all individual
times were about 30 seconds longer than of recent years.
Sixty-five teams started and 64 finished
few Sutton Park ghosts had to be faced by Lee Hurst.
His nightmare last leg in the 12-stage did not leave him
with any great appetite for a late run so, offered first stage, he
grabbed the chance. Lee
looked good and felt it as he limbered up. We were looking for a
top 15 place – hopefully 12th – and by golly he got it right
on the nail. The Windsor man was just a second ahead while a fair
sprinkling of other clubs in the top dozen were not expected to
stay there for too long.
Birchfield H 17:22; 2 Blackheath H 17:26; 3 Swansea H 17:28; …
12 Belgrave H 17:49.
M.Boulstridger (Birchfield H) 17:22; M.Skinner (Blackheath H)
(Swansea H) 17:28; L.Hurst (12th) 17:49.
Freary’s training had been going so well that he’d been
predicting a 17 flat time for himself but a minor cold during the
last week had knocked his confidence back a shade and he was urged
not to go off too fast. Imagine
the consternation then when the announcer relayed the fact that
going out past the Jamboree Stone “Freary for Belgrave was up to
4th!” Imagine too
the even greater concern shown when they returned to the same spot
some 1500 metres later and it was announced that he was now in
second! In fact he
had latched onto Windsor’s Ben Whitby and the two of them had
motored through the pack. Paul
had run a “blinder.” The
positions remained the same until the end of the leg and Paul’s
17:30, converted due to the extra course length, gave him 17:00.
Another target hit dead centre.
Windsor SE&H 35:14; 2 Belgrave H 35:19; 3 Newham & Essex
R.Finch (Southampton) 17:12; R.Whalley (City of Stoke) 17:15;
B.Whitby (Windsor SE&H) 17:26; P.Freary (5th) 17:30.
to give him plenty of people to chase we’d put Steve Sharp on
three never dreaming that at this point we’d be so far forward.
In no time flat he was tearing lumps out of the solitary
man ahead and then steadily opened up a gap until he was 44
seconds ahead of the men from Berkshire who sank to 7th.
But there was an almighty shake-up going on behind Steve as
Swansea, Salford and Cardiff carved up the opposition and
Aldershot’s Chris Thompson set the day’s fastest time to that
point. Our man later
said that it was hard being out there on his own but had to admit
that it is something he is going to have to get used to!
Belgrave H 52:45; 2 Swansea H 53:02; 3 Salford H 53:08.
C.Thompson (Aldershot F&D AC) 17:02; M.Morgan (Swansea H)
17:13; M.Vaux-Harvey (Kidderminster) 17:19; S.Sharp (4th) 17:26.
first hit from Windsor’s “double-whammy.”
As our own Kassa Tadesse set out on his tour of
Sutton Park, Sam Haughian was in pursuit of the day’s
fastest run. Man
after man fell like wheat at harvest time to Sam’s scything
Aldershot, Cardiff … Swansea … Salford … until just a claret
and gold vest remained ahead.
Over half a minute was taken out of Kassa but there was
still a ten second advantage in our favour when Sam ran out of
road. Superb running;
but thanks to Kassa we lived on and as our man ran down to the
Park gates to meet a taxi to whisk him off to Birmingham New
Street Station the battle was taken up by Al Stewart.
Belgrave H 1:10:13; 2 Windsor SE&H 1:10:23; 3 Salford H
S.Haughian (Windsor SE&H) 16:54; K.Tadesse (Belgrave) 17:28;
I.Gillespie (Birchfield) 17:33.
Hart vs. Al Stewart? Pretty
much on a par we would have thought. The Windsor supporters didn’t seem to think so and as they
urged their man to drive on up the hill the gap came down … and
down. There were
hearts in mouths as the Windsor man closed to within one second
but he didn’t go ahead and that canny Paul Freary read the
situation perfectly. “Al,”
he called softly but clearly,
“You’ve got it. He’s
come up that hill miles too fast.
He’ll never last now.”
How right Paul was. Al
took in his words, stayed relaxed and worked away.
The gap went up. It
stretched back to it’s original 10 seconds and then another 10.
There was now a 200 metre gap behind Windsor to Cardiff and
Salford – medals now looked “on”
but just how much could Al give to Spen for the final
showdown over stage six.
Belgrave H 1:27:59; 2 Windsor SE&H 1:28:34; 3 Cardiff AAC
M.East (Newham & Essex Beagles) 17:28; A.Jones (Cardiff)
17:30; A.Stewart (Belgrave H) 17:46.
veered off through the take-over zone exit, punching the air in
exultation as Spen set out having reassured his team mates:
“Don’t worry if the gap comes down – I’m going to take it
steady for the first mile or so .”
If there was a man in our squad that could hold off Mohamed
Farah it was Spen – but we’ve been in this situation before.
Team Manager and Lee Hurst counted down the seconds … 25
… 30 … 35 and then Mohamed set off like a man on a mission.
The gap did indeed come down; it was halved by the Jamboree
Stone. Then up to the
cone and back again and we were told that it was back to 20
seconds. The tension
at the finish was excruciating.
The announcer wound it up for the climax:
“They are past Keeper’s Pool, Belgrave leading.
They’re approaching the finish.
Here’s the lead motorbike.
Here’s Belgrave – but that gap’s not 20 seconds.”
No. Indeed it
it was down to six or seven and shrinking.
But Spen had judged it to perfection.
We were home by a few ticks of the timekeeper’s watch
before Mo’ also swept across the line.
Oh! Sweet Relief.
Belgrave H 1:45:28; 2, Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow
1:45:32; 3, Cardiff AAC 1:46:31; 4, Newham & Essex Beagles
1:47:04; 5 Birchfield H 1:47:11; 6 Salford H 1:47:29; 7 Morpeth H
1:47:48; 8 Blackheath H 1:47:50; 9 Bingley H 1:48:24; 10 Aldershot
F&D AC 1:49:14.
M.Farah (Windsor SE&H) 16:58; I.Hudspith (Morpeth) 17:02;
I.Grime (Newham & Essex Beagles) 17:28; S.Barden 17:29 (4th).
of the day:
S.Haughian (Windsor SE&H) 16:54; 2 M.Farah (Windsor SE&H)
16:58; =3 C.Thompson (Aldershot F&D AC) & I.Hudspith
(Morpeth H) 17:02; 5 R.Finch (Southampton) 17:12; 6 M.Morgan
(Swansea H) 17:13; 7 R.Whalley (City of Stoke) 17:15; 8 M.Vaux-Harvey
(Kidderminster) 17:19; 9 M.Boulstridger (Birchfield) 17:22; =10
B.Whitby (Windsor SE&H), B.Tickner (Wells City H),
S.Sharp (Belgrave H) & M.Skinner (Blackheath) 17:26.
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Women's AAA Relay
in at No. 7 in our first ever Women's "National 4 Stage"
AAA “National” 4-Stage Road Relay, Sutton Coldfield, 27
was the “big-time” and no mistake.
In the 25 years that our women’s team has been in
existence we have never tackled logistics like these – getting
accommodation booked, transporting athletes up to Birmingham over
two days, getting them to the course, haggling with officials
about the inclusion of a non-scoring runner in the “B” team.
Catherine Eastham assisted by Tania Sturton did a grand job
and gave the supporters so much more to enjoy than the one men’s
race. A new level of
performance is also being looked for these days and to have both
men’s and women’s squads together added greatly to the
occasion and gave us an additional and unlooked for bonus –
unofficial top combined men’s and women’s team. There really is an excellent chance now of medals in next
Spring’s Southern 6-Stage event – and who knows what to follow
in the National event.
teams tackled the first of the four 4.134 kms circuits and 73
completed the race.
didn’t take long for the fastest time of the day to get logged;
Helen Pattinson swept around in 13:59 for Preston Harriers
chased hard by Charnwood’s Tara Krzywicki and then there was a
little gap before a close knit bunch hove into sight with –
Birhane Dagne for Belgrave in 4th.
What a start! But
of course it didn’t stop there for just 22 seconds later Getty
Tamrat, not yet eligible for first team competition, fought her
way up the final rise ahead of another
knot of runners in 9th place.
Preston H 13:59; 2 Charnwood AC 14:03; 3 Arena 80 AC 14:28; 4
Belgrave H 14:34; … 9 Belgrave H B 14:56.
H.Pattinson (Preston H) 13:59; T.Krzywicki (Charnwood) 14:03;
C.Hoyte (Arena 80 AC) 14:28; B.Dagne 14:34 (4th); G.Tamrat
Clark has been in great triathlon and duathlon shape recently,
handling the half-marathon type distances with ease.
You’d have thought that she might be lacking a little
pace – but oh! no. Parkside’s
international Andrea Whitcombe swept through moving from 11th to
1st and Wakefield, Shaftesbury and Swansea also squeezed past
Juliette but the Belgrave girl wasn’t the slightest bit
“fazed” in this company and overtook Arena 80 and Preston
Harriers for a net loss of just two places and, more importantly,
getting a gap of 11 seconds on the next team down the road.
This was a cauldron of fire for Syreeta Stracey.
She was obviously not going to be able to hold on to the
9th place that Getty had gained but when she crossed the line we
were still 4th “B” team on the road with another 52 teams
behind her. We’d
bet this one-time sprinter/long jumper never dreamed when joining
us that she’d one day be running in the National Road Relay
Parkside 29:33; 2 Wakefield H 29:44; 3 Shaftesbury Barnet H 29:46;
… 6 Belgrave H 30:14; 30 Belgrave H B 31:51.
J.Wilkinson (Bedford &C) 14:12; D.Henaghan (Morpeth H) 14:28;
L.Wright (Leeds C) 14:30; J.Clark (16th) 15:40; S.Stracey (45th)
Sharp was up next, urged on by husband Steve and coach Terry Noad.
Swansea, Wakefield and Parkside all fell to her stride as
she ran a cracking 9th fastest for the stage.
Meanwhile, Bedford & County, Bristol and Liverpool H
had risen up the list so overall we stayed in 6th place.
Tania Sturton took five places to move the “B’s” into
25th – where we ran out of runners, still 4th “B” team at
Charnwood AC 44:32; 2 Shaftesbury Barnet H 44:58; 3 Bedford &
County 45:01; … 6 Belgrave H 45:43; 25 Belgrave H B 48:39.
M.McCambridge (Bristol AC) 14:17; S.Morris (Bedford &C) 14:18;
J.Clague (Liverpool H) 14:42; M.Sharp (9th) 15:29; T.Sturton
gaps were wider now and there was every hope that in our first
attempt at the race we’d be among the top ten. Far from settling for top ten, however, Anne Hegvold, in only
her second race for the club, gave way only to a blazing fastest
run of the stage and third best all-day from a Birchfield Harrier
– and there we were, a brilliant 7th from 86 starters and
exceeding all expectations.
Charnwood AC 58:44; 2 Bedford & County AC 59:26; 3 Bristol AC
1:00:14; 4 Liverpool H 1:00:17; 5 Shaftesbury Barnet H 1:00:25; 6
Birchfield H 1:00:30; 7 Belgrave H 1:01:32; 8 Wakefield H 1:01:36;
9 Tipton H 1:01:49; 10 Swansea H 1:02:06.
A.Allen (Birchfield) 14:04; J.Potter (Charnwood) 14:12; L.Yelling
(Bedford &C) 14:25; A.Hegvold (14th) 15:49.
of the day:
H.Pattinson (Preston H) 13:59; 2 T.Kryzwicki (Charnwood) 14:03; 3
A.Allen (Birchfield) 14:04; =4 J.Potter (Charnwood) &
J.Wilkinson (Bedford &C) 14:12; 6 M.McCambridge (Bristol)
14:17; 7 S.Morris (Bedford &C) 14:18; 8 L.Yelling (Bedford
&C) 14:25; =9 D.Henaghan (Morpeth H) & C.Hoyte (Arena 80)
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Ladies Cross Country Plate
leads the way to a massive win on the Common
Surrey Cross Country League Division 2 Race 1, Wimbledon Common,
13 October 2001.
the bad news from the first fixture of the season was that due to
a marshalling error in the first race (U13/U15), Louise Collier
missed out on taking first place. Having already completed the
first of two laps, Louise and a Herne Hill athlete were clearly in
the lead, only for one of the course marshalls to fail to direct
them down along the correct path. The error was not noticed until
the first runner came home confused as to why she'd suddenly won.
Concerned that Louise was perhaps injured and had pulled out, Kim
Collier practically ran the entire course trying to find her. The
two runners were eventually found, very shocked and upset.
although they have both lost out on potential victory and points
which may impact on their bids to win the end of season individual
title, they were both found safe and well. A formal complaint has
been made and the marshall involved has apologised to both
athletes. However, an investigation is required to ensure that
such an incident, involving young athletes, does not happen again.
this incident, the youngsters managed a good start to the season,
finishing 5th overall. Catherine Olawore's training paid off with
a strong performance, and she was followed closely by Belinda
Cobden-Ramsay. Our under 13 girls also had a good race, with
Kirsty hot on Belinda's heels, and our 200m sprinter Emily
finishing, naturally, with a sprint finish! The combination of the
two age groups seemed to work well with the bigger field providing
more competition for the girls than we've seen in recent years.
can we say about the senior race? Obviously our track & field
success is rubbing off onto the cross-country and road team! We
started the season with 11 Belgrave vests in the line-up,
practically a record in its own right (although we're hoping for
even more as the season progresses).
Tamirat is still waiting clearance for Belgrave but what an asset
she is, finishing 1st overall in the combined race for both
divisions, a minute ahead of the next fastest runner. Despite this
result not counting for the team, we still had the 1st Division 2
athlete home in Maria Sharp who was fighting it out to the end
with Anne Hegvold who was 2nd home in the division. Both then
dashed off to watch their husbands compete at Brockwell Park -
perhaps we could do a bit more recruitment along the husband/wife
three other scoring athletes managed to pack well, with Tania's
running going from strength to strength in 4th place, Rachel
Weston running despite injury coming in 5th, and Syreeta returning
to cross-country in 9th place. Filling in the numbers were Kate,
Catherine, Nina (captain), Sophia and Jo. And there are more yet
to come, so keep watching this space. Hopes of promotion to
Division 1 as Champions are high.
Women: n/s G.Tamirat (Belgrave) 21.46; 1 M.Sharp (Belgrave) 23:26;
2 A.Hegvold (Belgrave) 23:35; 4 T.Sturton 24:42; 5 R.Weston 24:54;
9 S.Stracey 25:05; 27 K.Dillane 27:57; 49 C.Eastham 30:01; 58
N.Mills 31:14; 67 S.Howard 32:34; 84 J.Poloni 38:22.
1 Belgrave H 21 (15 league points); 2 Stragglers 61 (14); 3
Wimbledon Windmilers 82 (13).
Girls: 1 M.Knespl (Herc.W 14.19; 2 J.Goodwin (CH) 14.35; 3
A.Beverley Ranelagh 14.37; 13 C.Olawore 15.26 (6th U15); 21
B.Cobden-Ramsay 15.49 (11th U15); 22 K.Burns 15.51 (11th U13); 39
E.Collins 17.38 (22nd U13); dnf L.Collier.
1 Sutton & District 47 (13); 2 Hercules Wimbledon 57 (12); 3
Guildford & Godalming 64 (11); 4 Ranelagh 67 (10); 5 Belgrave
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Senior Men's Results
Country Plate Competition
Hurst in great form at Brockwell Park - Bels. narrowly beat
Men's Surrey CC League Division 1 Race 1, Brockwell Park, 13
Spring like conditions with the Brockwell Park grass long and
lush, a large Belgrave contingent turned out for the first of the
Sweatshop Surrey League races for 2001-2002. Often we seem to
begin the series with a lack lustre performance and then spend the
rest of the winter deciding whether to try to get back on terms
with the leaders. Some considerable effort had been put into
rounding up a solid squad to give us a reasonable start.
Youth's race saw Jonathan Blackledge providing the hors d'oeuvre
by going over the top of the first hill with a lead of twenty
metres and returning less than 13 minutes later with getting on
for a minute's advantage. The pressure was on for the seniors to
get round their first lap in a similar time. Jon was backed up by
Matt Jiggins and Paul Graham and just lost a close team race to
South London Harriers.
the men's race, the initial charge up the slope saw plenty of
claret and gold clad runners staking an early claim for forward
places and soon a bunch of six or seven were away with Lee Hurst
and Steve Sharp representing the Bels. Charles Herrington was
behind this leading group and then after a short interval the
Belgrave train could be seen working up a head of steam -
Kennefick, Hegvold, Alsop, Cockerell, Wolf and Stewart - all went
through in quick succession with backup close to hand in the form
of Najibe Hliouat and new man James Browne.
out for the second circuit and shrugging off a challenge from Lee,
Herne Hill's Dave Taylor decided that he'd had enough of his
present company and began pushing on alone. Lee Hurst was having a
great run, however, and fighting to stay as close as he could to
the leader, began to draw away from his conqueror at the SEAA
relays, SLH's Stuart Major. Reigate Priory's Alastair Moses came
next, "Sharpy" was in 5th but Charles was dropping back
now and Joachim Wolf was forced to come out of the race with a
hamstring problem. There were plenty of white vested Thames men in
the teens and twenties - this was going to be close.
leading positions remained unchanged to the end but it was cut and
thrust in the engine room as Knut Hegvold and Al Stewart, the
latter using the event as a training run, smoothly worked their
way through in spite of the fierce resistance shown by their
team-mates. Again those at the funnel were treated to the
Cockerell finishing burst - eyes fixed on the horizon and arms and
legs going like pistons - every man overtaken was another point
gained, which could be very valuable at the end of this season.
we'd pulled it off. But let's not kid ourselves - 20 points is
nothing in this competition and "Thames" were not at
full strength. Race Two at Wimbledon Common is as much a home
match for the Oldest Cross Country Club in the Land as it is for
us and they'll be itching to get back at us.
London Harriers were surprisingly below par while Reigate Priory,
newly promoted, shocked by getting up to fourth overall. For Phil
Carstairs it was the first time in years that he has not scored in
the opening race while Lee Hurst heads the field in the
"Blackstaffe Shield" competition.
Men: 1 D.Taylor (HHH) 23:44; 2 L.Hurst (Belgrave) 24:00; 3 S.Major
24:10; 5 S.Sharp 24:19; 12 K.Hegvold (M40) 24:58; 13 A.Stewart
25:01; 16 C.Herrington 25:07; 20 S.Kennefick 25:32; 21 W.Cockerell
25:33; 23 R.Alsop 25:41; 31 N.Hliouat 26:15; 34 J.Browne 26:27; 45
K.Quinn 26:53; 60 L.Greatorex 27:48; 62 M.Kazimierski 27:55; 65
P.Carstairs (M40) 28:06; 67 W.Lynch 28:11; 76 M.Anderson 28:30; 79
S.Connor 28:41; 83 R.Harding 29:02; 105 J.Skilbeck-Nelson (U20)
30:49; 121 A.Jowett 32:33; 125 J.Murray 33:15; 129 H.Corbett (M40)
33:39; 133 R.Bale (M50) 34:27; 143 finished.
1 Belgrave 175; 2 Thames H&H 195; 3 Herne Hill H 346; 4
Reigate Priory 452; 5 Ranelagh 460; 6 West 4 546; 7 Aldershot
F&D 609; 8 South London H 609; 9 Boxhill R 703.
17/Under 15: 1 J.Blackledge (Belgrave U17) 12:41; 6 M.Jiggins
(U15) 14:10; 7 P.Graham (U17) 14:11; 13 P.Cowling (U15) 15:22; 15
W.Bayley (U17) 15:53; 16 E.Rimdap (U15) 15:58; 21 R.Collier (U15)
1 South London H 36; 2 Belgrave H 40; 3 Herne Hill H 59.
13: 1 P.Humphrey (South London) 14:26; 2 L.Shettle 15:27; 5
C.Taylor 17:02; 6 P.Mabbutt 17:28.
1 Belgrave H 63; 2 South London H 82; 3 Herne Hill H 110.
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start out on Road Relay trail
of England AA Women’s 4 stage Road Relay, Rushmoor Arena, nr.
Aldershot, 30 September 2001.
“Belles” were only able to field three runners from the
required four but the men were in this position just four years
ago – and have now reached the medals.
The odds are that our women’s team’s rise to that level
could be even quicker!
Tamrat had a great start, taking the lead in a group of four
immediately, but the fast pace took its toll in the 4th kilometre. Anne Hegvold was surprised to be up against Paula Radcliffe
on the 2nd leg and despite this being her first race since
recovering from injury, put in a sterling performance. Leg three ?
Our correspondent thinks we should just ignore this one but she
looks forward to the day when she can get a really strong team out
and then just sit back with the stopwatch and a hot cup of tea!
Bedford & County; 2 Windsor SE&H; 3 Shaftesbury Barnet H.
- G Tamrat (6) 13:28; A.Hegvold (7) 14:41; C.Eastham (13) 16:55.
Hurst chases the Windsor runner on stage 1. Photo
by Pat Mead
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All-time Belgrave Rankings for SEAA 6 Stage Road Relay
ever Belgrave medals in SEAA 6-Stage Relay
of England AA Men’s 6 x 6 kms Road Relay, Rushmoor Arena, nr.
Aldershot, 29 September 2001.
seen some pretty low times in the 13 years that the “Southern”
six stage relay has been in held in Rushmoor Arena.
There was the time in ‘97 that we forced ourselves to
start knowing that we only had three men, just to try to break out
of the mould of being a “track & field club only.”
Roger Alsop was one of those three and he had been in our
original complete team of ’91 – now, at last, we were in the
to train timetables and traffic jams in Wimbledon and on the M25
meant that our pre-race schedule was thrown into disarray.
Add to that the fact that the “B” team was being hit by
drop-outs over the final 24 hours while 50% of the “C” team
had already fallen by the wayside earlier in the week, and some of
the turmoil that existed in the lower orders can be understood.
But that “A” team had stayed rock solid right to the
end; it had to with
individual places in the National 6 Stage team depending upon the
Hurst is looking more like his old self and in a tactical battle
on the first lap of stage one he was right in the leading bunch.
He came home 9th and set Paul Freary off with the
opposition nicely lined up ahead. Blasting the first circuit (as is his way) Paul took us into
second and then gritted his teeth to hold onto that position
behind a Newham & Essex outfit that had really set their stall
out. Solid running
from Skipper Roger Alsop maintained our position and with half the
race gone the three eventual medallists were now established –
but what would be the finishing order?
All was to be revealed on stage four.
Mohamed Farah is some talent.
As our own Steve Sharp set out after the leader he was soon
“blitzed” by Mo, still only 18 but setting out on one of the
all-time great runs on this course – an amazing 17:28 that took
him through to the front and pushed us down into third.
As expected, Steve was our own fastest of the day, setting
a club best of 18:21.
eligible to compete for the Bels., Stephen Kennefick took up the
had been so tight to get into the “A” squad that Stephen, who
had missed the Surrey Road Relay through being on holiday, had
been forced to run a time trial around the Wimbledon Park course
so that he could be measured up against those who had turned out.
As it happened, the selectors got it right – but only
just as Stephen was a mere 4 seconds faster than Will Cockerell,
running in the “B”s.
National CC silver-medallist Sam Haughian on last leg there was no
way that Windsor were going to be caught now.
The “Beagles” were also beyond our reach, 41 seconds
ahead, but Thames Hare & Hounds were beginning to look a
little threatening as they took off just 19 seconds down on our
last man Al Stewart. The
gap closed initially but the Thames man was being a little
optimistic and turning in another fast relay run Al took us well
clear of our local rivals and cut into the Newham & Essex
year-old Jonathan Blackledge, not cleared to represent us in
first-claim competition until two days later, started out for the
Cs and ran a terrific 19:35, so the talent is lining itself up to
keep us in forward positions in the years to come.
On the disappointing side, Kevin Quinn barely kept going as
he was hit by stitch very early in his first stage run, giving the
“B”s a nightmare start.
Windsor SE&H 1:49:52; 2 Newham & Essex Beagles 1:51:57; 3
Belgrave H 1:52:32; 4 Thames H&H 1:53:18; 5 Aldershot F&D
1:54:43; 6 Shaftesbury Barnet H 1:55:11; … 17 Belgrave ‘B’
– L.Hurst (9) 18:38; P.Freary (2) 18:25; R.Alsop (2) 19:16;
S.Sharp (3) 18:21; S.Kennefick (3) 19:20; A.Stewart (3) 18:32.
– K.Quinn 20:56; M.Byansi 21:14; L.Catley 19:42; W.Cockerell
19:24; K.Hegvold 19:32; J.Browne 20:18.
– J.Blackledge 19:35; P.Carstairs 21:49; R.Foley 20:38; M.Webb
20:39; D.Anderson 24:04.
M.Farah (Windsor SE&H) 17:28; S.Haughian (Windsor SE&H)
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All-time Belgrave Rankings for Surrey Road Relay
startling run from Al Stewart and our best ever team time - but
County AA 6 x 3 miles Road Relay, Wimbledon Park, 8 September
6 x 3 miles.
spice this year was the fact that Belgrave runners were aiming to
impress to gain selection for the "A" team for the SEAA
6 Stage race three weeks later and Alaster Stewart did just that
with a scorcher on stage three. A time just 2 seconds over 14
minutes gave him a club record for the course and placed him 3rd
on the all-time Surrey list behind Dave Taylor (HHH) 13:33 and
Stuart Major (SLH) 13:58. Had the conditions been a little less
breezy, who knows, he may have clipped 14 minutes.
man James Browne was given the task of starting the team off and
he held up well in his first serious team race although having to
give way to non-Surrey “B” runner Joachim Wolf who reduced his
best for the circuit by 20 seconds. Reigate led through Alastair
Moses with South London Harriers, starting strongly with Stuart
Major, in 2nd. Running first stage for an incomplete veterans’
team Charlie Dickinson had a terrific run to break the M50 course
record with his 15:45 but whether he will be credited with it, as
he ran for an incomplete team and out of his age group, remains to
under the quarter-hour for stage 2, Norwegian Knut Hegvold, a
veteran in the next few weeks, kept the "B"s ahead of
the "A" team for whom Kevin Quinn came home
disappointed, some 20 seconds slower than twelve months earlier.
SLH had now gone ahead, courtesy of Gary Staines, with Reigate
hanging on to second and Boxhill Racers getting up to 3rd. Our
“B”s were 4th and the “A”s 5th – 56 seconds down on the
status quo was restored by Alaster Stewart’s run as he handed
over in equal 2nd place with Boxhill Runners. SLH were 42 seconds
clear with the next team behind us the Belgrave “B” squad
thanks to Guy Lavender. Medals now looked a certainty but whether
we could get back to take gold from the “Irrepressibles” was a
little more difficult to predict.
Catley was on the come-back trail after injury. A 15:41 5000m on
the track a week earlier gave us hope and he didn’t disappoint
as he ran some 10 seconds faster than expected. The gap was down
to 35 seconds.
Now, could Will Cockerell get close to the leaders and give
our Skipper a chance on the last leg. They don’t come any
tougher than Will; he was flying after the South London man as the
track was approached. Into the arena and all down the back
straight the gap closed until, at the takeover, Billy the Kid was
a mere 4 seconds off the lead and had cut his personal record by
over a minute!
for us, our rivals had one more ace up their sleeve for the final
stage with Jason Simpson, a young man who had recently run a
14:40-and-bits on the track while our own Roger Alsop’s recent
best was somewhat slower. It was too much to ask and although our
Captain ran to our second fastest time of the day, the SLH man
stretched away – and it was silver again for the Bels. albeit in
our fastest ever time for the race. Guy Lavender grittily turned
out a second time for the "B”s to bring them home in 5th.
4 x 3 miles.
credit to our women’s team who managed to turn out a foursome in
spite of their main target for the weekend being the National 10
kms Championship the following day in Cheltenham. Tania Sturton,
running first leg, put up 7th fastest time of the day and Kate
Dillane moved the team to their highest position, 3rd, with her
second stage run.
1 South London H 1:28:13; 2 Belgrave 1:28:48; 3 Boxhill Runners
1:31:00; 4 Reigate Priory AC 1:31:13; 5 Belgrave B 1:33:20; 20
teams started and 16 finished.
– J.Browne (6) 15:13; K.Quinn (5) 15:04; A.Stewart (3) 14:02;
L.Catley (2) 14:49; W.Cockerell (2) 14:57; R.Alsop (2) 14:43.
– J.Wolf (4) 14:48; K.Hegvold (4) 14:59; G.Lavender (4) 15:09;
W.Lynch (5) 16:25; M.Byansi (5) 15:43; G.Lavender (5) 16:15.
L.Matthews (TH&H n/s) 13:44; A.Stewart (Belgrave 14:02;
G.Staines (SLH) 14:08; P.Haywood (Boxhill) 14:10; A.Moses (Reigate)
14:11; J.Simpson (SLH) 14:12.
M40 – C.Dickinson M50 (3) 15:45; H.Corbett (5) 18:29; D.Anderson
(5) 18:55; no 4th runner.
1 South London H 1:12:23; 2 Ranelagh 1:15:10; 3 Dorking & MV
1:15:52; 6 Belgrave H 1:21:45; 13 teams started and 10 finished.
(4) 18:09; K.Dillane (3) 19:56; J.Smiter (7) 23:16; C.Eastham (6)
J Ray (Dorking & MV) 17:26; S.Young (Dorking & MV) 17:30;
P.Major (SLH) 17:40.
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Park 4 x 2.2 miles Relays, 5 July 2001.
an enjoyable diversion and a harbinger of the Autumn relays ahead,
Dave Denton’s low key mid-summer race in the grounds of Nonsuch
Park, across the site of Henry VIII’s palace, gave the Bels.
their 5th consecutive win in the event. Back from injury Will
Cockerell brought the team home in 3rd spot with Epsom & Ewell
H enjoying their time at the head of the pack and Warren Lynch not
so far back in 4th.
Making short work of the opposition Junior Galley took us
out to a 50 second lead on lap two and with Stephen Kennefick
notching up the evening’s fastest time in his first scoring run
for the club, we were “gone away” by two minutes and more
after three stages.
It was left to Al. Stewart to coast round at about one
minute below optimum pace to close in and for the team to take
home first prizes.
A spectating Alan Black was pulled in to replace Marcello
Bizio who injured a calf muscle while warming up for the Bs.
When will Alan learn to keep away from such events!
Belgrave H 44:17; 2 Epsom & Ewell H 45:50; 3 Sutton Runners
48:06; ... 11 Belgrave H ‘B’ 52:23; 41 teams finished.
W.Cockerell (3) 11:09, J.Galley (1) 10:56, S.Kennefick (1) 10:34,
A.Stewart (1) 11:38.
W.Lynch (4) 11:45, A.Binda (M40) (4) 11:58; A.Black (M60) (10)
16:14; W.Cockerell (10) 12:26.
1 S.Kennefick; 2 J.Galley.