Chiltern League round 2

Round 2 of the Chiltern League at Teardrop Lakes, Milton Keynes, was back to normal cross-country conditions with mud, rain and some wind!

Despite a depleted squad, the Senior men held onto 5th place in the team standings and the Veteran men retained 1st place. Damian Nevins came home in 6th place followed closely my middle-distance specialist James Downing making an excellent debut in 9th. Jim Cooper ran strongly despite being on the night shift this week finishing 25th just behind his arch rival in the v40 standings. Luke Hunt continued his good form in 68th followed by Alan Wray in 87th.

Chris Finill continued his gradual return to form just outside the top 100 and Peter Norris had his best race of the winter in 114th There was a welcome return to cross-country racing for Declan Traynor who led home a group of athletes Graeme Jones, Sam Fenn, Nick Andrews and Noor Mohamoud. Steve Bland ran well with Jason Kabel, Kevin Conacannon and Tom Morris (guest) completing the team.

  Senior Men Team Total
1 Marshall Milton Keynes AC 4592
2 Bedford and County AC 4211
3 Chiltern Harriers 3622
4 Wycombe Phoenix 3543
5 Harrow AC 3481
  Veteran Men Team Total
1 Harrow AC 1484
2 Watford Harriers 1371
3 Headington Road Runners 1243

Pictures from the match can be found here:

National CC relays at Mansfield

On Saturday, the Senior men’s squad fielded 2 complete teams in Mansfield at the National CC relays with the ‘A’ team finishing a superb 15th – the Club’s best result since 2007’s 12th place.

Neil Johnston ran a strong first leg to hand over to Neil McCartan in 22nd place who picked off another 2 places. Third leg runner Conall Kirk flew past another 5 runners leaving last leg Damian Nevins to hang onto 15th place. The ‘B’ team finished a respectable 70th place out of 153 teams. First leg runner Jim Cooper was in 80th position as he handed over to Noor Mohamoud who along with Joe Gammell and Jonny Hill worked through the field to make up 10 places.

The Senior women fell foul of the sickness bug in the Bland household as they were unable to field a full team. First leg runner, middle-distance specialist Laura O’Connor suffered an ankle sprain early on but battled on to hand over to Eilish O’Grady in 65th place. The steeplechaser stormed through the field coming home in 40th place. A top 50 place was on the cards!



North of the Thames & Liddiard Trophy

At the North of the Thames / Liddiard Trophy cross-country championships on Saturday November 17th at Kingsbury, Harrow’s Senior men’s ‘A’ team placed a respectable 10th and the ‘B’ team 24th out of 25 teams.

Jim Cooper led the way with a top 20 finish, well supported by the Chris Jones on his return from injury in 32nd, Peter Norris slowly returning to form in 61st. Nick Andrews had a good run in 65th, with Steve Bland also inside the top 100. Danny Watkins, Jason Kabel and Tom Morris completed the team. Mike Lepps made a welcome return to racing and bagged a top 10 place in the v55 category.

The women’s team suffered from some late withdrawls due to injury and illness so it was left to mother and daughter Mary and Katie Watkins to battle it out for bragging rights- mum winning by 7 seconds!

SEAA cross-country relays

Congratulations to the U13 and U15 Girls teams for representing the club at the SEAA cross-country relays on October 20th at Wormwood Scrubs. 

The team enjoyed the different format and a large field.


U13G team (28th)       U15G team (26th)    
No Name Leg Time Leg   No Name Leg Time Leg
86 Bethany Kunjasic 09:08 1   95 Hettie Grimes 08:58 1
94 Cary Adams 09:26 2   70 Sofia Latham 08:25 2
68 Kayla Saunders 08:43 3   92 Holly Kunjasic 08:52 3


London Youth Games CC champs

The Club will be organising the Harrow Borough teams for this years London Youth Games Cross Country championships on 17th November.

The Harrow AC schools cross-country challenge on Wednesday October 17th will form a trial to gain selection for most athletes for this event.

All details are in the attached flyer – LYG_XC_2018_flyer

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