ATW CC races at MTS

We finally had our second cross country race of the season thanks to round 2 of the ATW XC Series at Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood. It’s been a long wait since the first race in October so everyone was keen to get back out and race again. As it is April, (not a month known for XC!)  the ground was very dry and hard, giving the race a very different feel than what we are used to and testing running conditions.

Overall it was a great performance from our women’s team with all three athletes running well. Jo Finill led the Harrow women home with a great performance calmly picking her way through the field as the race progressed to finish 16th overall in 37:28, a great return for her first race in 15 months! Next home was Jennifer Keal who continued her run of consistent performances for the club and showed the rewards of all that dedicated lockdown training to finish 30th in 39:36. Completing the trio was Lesley McArdle in her return to racing after a lengthy absence following illness and injury, hopefully this has laid down a marker to start building back up from after finishing 39th in 41:10.

Congratulations to our Harrow men and junior teams for their performances today and a big thank you to ATW for organising the event! Ian’s match photos are online here.

Men’s report: Well done to everyone who ran at Round 2 of the Activeworld xc series at Merchant Taylor’s yesterday. The course was dry but technically challenging and pretty uneven underfoot! 

Damian Nevins couldn’t keep up with the front group so held onto 6th place for most of the race, Declan Traynor (17th) showed a return to form to hold off Adam Towle (21st) who is still getting to grips with cross-country. Ever consistent Chris Finill  grabbed a top 50 placing despite tweaking his hamstring during the race.

Nick Andrews also slowly coming back to form enjoyed the course in 54th. Donning a Harrow AC vest for the first time, Jag Matharu was inspired to place to finish 65th. Peter Butler , Rob Hawkes and John Hinchin all clinched top 100 spots. Kevin Concannon and Tom Morris both had solid runs in 129th and 137th. 

In other news; Luke Hunt continued his resurgence in form to claim his first sub 16 minutes track 5000m at Battersea Park on March 31st. Let’s hope this is the start of a successful summer for him.
Phil Benson in his final year studying medicine in Bulgaria ran a pb over half-marathon this morning (73:46)- just reward for months of consistent training- as he finished in 6th place in the Stara Zagora Half-Marathon. Earlier this month John Hinchin ran 63:10 at the St Alban’s 10km- a good test after recent injuries.

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