Results round-up - March

Thank you to David Chalfen for writing this up, and congratulations to everyone involved.

At the always tough Southern XC, Andy Greenleaf led the team in an outstanding 11th place, with strong runs by Nick Torry in 29th (coming up to his 43rd birthday), Jonathan Poole, Nic Besson, Chris Phillips- Hart and Hugh Torry. This earned the team a battling 6th place in the region, not far off fourth team, despite missing some of its big hitters.

Tash Sheel, who had snuck in a mid week race in Civil Service colours the previous week, had one of her best runs to place 65th, chased by Anna Hollingsworth and Vic Crawford, the scoring team of four completed by Daisy Gladstone and placing 13th, Daisy having raced the hard way after doing the numbers allocation for the many Serpies on the day. Amongst the Under 17s Jonah Kramer ran strongly to place 22nd over 6k. A week later Jonah placed fifth in a very competitive London Schools XC Champs to secure his place for the county in the English Schools Champs next month.

A couple of outstanding Masters runs at the Farnborough Half too, V60 Kevin Murray zipping round in 82.15 while ageless Dean Morley ran 83.05 in the V55s.

Six days later at the Last Friday 5k, there was a Serpie whitewash of the top three with Jonathan Poole clocking a swift 14.57, edging Andy G’s 15.04, and then a gap to Nic Besson in 15.30. Also a good return by Rick Weston in 15.50.

At the very swift and stacked Chichester 10k, Fabio Gelbcke ran a 32.53 PB scraping 51st place and ditto on the PB front from V40 Emilie Isaacs in 38.34.

A day earlier Anna Hollingsworth ran 18.20 at Hackney Marshes parkrun, whilst on a longer excursion at the very hilly Watford Half Marathon Chris Oddy took third in 70.53 within part of a longer training run.

Izzy Clark edged back towards her better form with 17.29 at a muddy Bushy parkrun, progress from her recent 17.39 at Burgess Park, whilst Jonathan Poole took the honours at Northala in 15.50. 

At the season’s final Met League, notable for the mighty Highgate team (credit where it’s due), Hugh led the men’s team in 50th. The women were led home by Katie Williams racing well in 20th with Tash Sheel close behind in 21st, with the very muddy top field not being appreciated by most road running types.

There were two excellent PBs at the Sri Chimnoy 10k at Battersea Park on 22nd February: Chris Tsantoulas coming home in eighth with 34:42, and Simon Morris hot on his tail in tenth in 34:53.

Next main race for the club’s fastest is likely to be the Big Half on 1 March, incorporating the UKA Champs as in recent years.


Isaac Leigh

Endurance Running committee lead

Submitted: 29 February 2020