Southern Counties XC Championship (men): 29 January 2011

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All runners

Pos arrow Name arrow Time arrow Cat arrow Club arrow Pace arrow
1 1 Richard Phillips 51:57 V35 Serpentine 5:34
2 2 Aodh O Neill 53:03 SM Serpentine 5:41
3 3 Hugh Torry 54:18 SM Serpentine 5:49
4 4 Will Green 55:35 V35 Serpentine 5:58
5 5 Will Jones 56:44 SM Serpentine 6:05
6 6 Andrew Reeves 57:11 V40 Serpentine 6:08
7 7 Pau Herrero 57:31 SM Serpentine 6:10
8 8 Dave Miller 58:15 SM Serpentine 6:15
9 9 Wesley Harrison 58:46 SM Serpentine 6:18
10 10 Ebrima Noble 59:18 V40 Serpentine 6:22
11 11 Andrew Orr 59:33 SM Serpentine 6:23
12 12 Richard Fanning 59:44 V40 Serpentine 6:24
13 13 Will Forbes 1:00:02 SM Serpentine 6:26
14 14 Jolyon Attwooll 1:00:39 V35 Serpentine 6:30
15 15 Duncan Hancox 1:00:42 V35 Serpentine 6:31
16 16 Paul Hayman 1:00:42 SM Serpentine 6:31
17 17 Charles Lescott 1:01:22 SM Serpentine 6:35
18 18 Jamie Smalley 1:01:42 SM Serpentine 6:37
19 19 Andrew Taylor 1:02:34 SM Serpentine 6:43
20 20 Jonathan Rae 1:02:58 SM Serpentine 6:45
21 21 Ben Cope 1:03:46 SM Serpentine 6:50
22 22 Brent Plump 1:04:50 SM Serpentine 6:57
23 23 Nick Smeeton 1:04:59 SM Serpentine 6:58
24 24 Alistair McColl 1:06:00 SM Serpentine 7:05
25 25 Joshua Paparo 1:06:09 V35 Serpentine 7:06
26 26 Dave Morgan 1:06:17 SM Serpentine 7:07
27 27 Alex Elferink 1:06:47 V35 Serpentine 7:10
28 28 Roger Reid 1:06:57 V40 Serpentine 7:11
29 29 Stephen Brown 1:07:03 V35 Serpentine 7:12
30 30 Richard Taylor 1:07:31 SM Serpentine 7:15
31 31 Alessandro Poggi 1:07:59 SM Serpentine 7:18
32 32 Michael Stainton 1:09:03 V50 Serpentine 7:24
33 33 Justin Lock 1:09:04 V35 Serpentine 7:25
34 34 Bradley Cobb 1:10:03 V50 Serpentine 7:31
35 35 Paul Jenkinson 1:10:15 V40 Serpentine 7:32
36 36 Ben Gilmore 1:10:23 SM Serpentine 7:33
37 37 Stephen Laverty 1:10:30 V35 Serpentine 7:34
38 38 Nick Tucker 1:10:32 V40 Serpentine 7:34
39 39 Mark Wadley 1:11:33 V45 Serpentine 7:40
40 40 Stephane Schneider 1:11:33 SM Serpentine 7:40
41 41 James Hill 1:11:40 V40 Serpentine 7:41
42 42 Paul Fromme 1:12:52 V35 Serpentine 7:49
43 43 Jean-Luc Hoez 1:17:08 V50 Serpentine 8:16
44 44 Richard Hardiman 1:17:12 V40 Serpentine 8:17
45 45 Robert Maslen 1:19:30 V60 Serpentine 8:32
46 46 David Hinds 1:21:35 V60 Serpentine 8:45

Race photos

Race photos are at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=261163&id=646576598

Race conditions

Cold, overcast, underfoot conditions partly firm after overnight frost, partly very muddy.

Report

6 to score team:-
12 570 Serpentine R C
24 1228 Serpentine R C
29 1666 Serpentine R C
49 2296 Serpentine R C
62 2859 Serpentine R C
74 3327 Serpentine R C
82 3688 Serpentine R C

12 to score team:-
5 1798 Serpentine R C
11 3962 Serpentine R C
18 6186 Serpentine R C

Full results on www.seaa.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63&Itemid=68

On Saturday 29 January, Serpentine cross country team travelled to Parliament Hill for the second time this season for the South of England Cross Country Championships. With the men's race being 15km, the race always being very competitive at the sharp end and the course being famously muddy and hilly, this isn't one for the faint-hearted. Last year at this race our men's six-to-score team finished 12th while in 2009, when the race was held in Hillingdon, we finished in 15th, but we hoped for a better result this year given that our squad is larger and we think faster.

With Nick Torry being injured, Richard Phillips was our first finisher in a very creditable 30th out of 885 finishers and many more starters. He was followed by Aodh O'Neil in 51st and Hugh Torry in 83rd, Hugh now having started a couple of minutes late in three successive Southern Championships, this year being the first that he wasn't to blame. Will Green, who still doesn't think he "gets" cross country came 112th, Will Jones came 138th and Andy Reeves came 156th, closing our A-team after both Miguel and Tiago Branco ended up dropping out and Martin Gaunt also complained that his spikes were painful and dropped by the wayside. Our A-team finished in 12th which is a little disappointing, but the standard was very high and we hope we'll be better prepared next year.

Pau Herrero surprised himself slightly by enjoying the longer distance and came 163rd ahead of Dave Miller in 187th and an-improving Wesley Harrison in 200th. Ebrima Noble started as usual very quickly before fading slightly to 217th, ahead of the more consistently paced Andrew Orr in 228th and Richard Fanning in 233rd. Our B team was 24th (I haven't checked but this might be a record for our B team) and the fifth B team home. In the 12-to-score competition we therefore ended up in 7th.

Will Forbes came 245th ahead of Jol Attwool, Duncan Hancox and Paul Hayman who finished together in 274th, 275th and 276th in what must have been a good sprint finish. Charles Lescott came 293rd while Jamie Smalley came 303rd. Andrew Taylor was a slightly below par 325th ahead of Ben Cope in his first cross country race for a while in 369th. Brent Plump (in charge of the pub) came 406th ahead of Nick Smeeton (back from loads of holidays) in 411th. Alistair McColl was 447th, Josh Paparo (who I often see secret training) came 454th and Dave Morgan, another one gearing up for London marathon, came 456th.

Alex Elferink was 477th, Roger Reid was 485, Stephen Brown was 489th, Richard Taylor was 498th, Alessandro Poggi, still recovering from injury, was 514th. Michael Stainton was 546th, Justin Lock, back after a break from racing, was 547th, Brad Cobb as 569th, Paul Jenkinson was 573rd, Ben Gilmore was 578th, Stephen Laverty was 586th, Nick Tucker was 588th and Mark Wadley was 616th. Bringing up the rear of our team was Stephane Schneider in 617th, James Hill in 622nd, Paul Fromme who used, one day, to be fast in 659th, Jean-Luc Hoez in 743rd, Richard Hardiman in 745th, Robert Maslen in 785th and David Hinds in 814th. We definitely had the biggest team of all the teams on the day.

A lot of people said that it wasn't as muddy as they'd hoped, but it was very cold indeed. Many thanks to Malcolm French, our team manager who was marshalling, Jeanette Mueller who gave our the numbers, all the other the marshals and officials (except the rubbish SEAA who by making people cram into a tent to get to the start effectively caused a lot of people to miss the start) the Serpettes who cheered us on for a good hour and some after their own race had finished, everyone who took photographs and eventually the Roebuck where we went for a few drinks.

Our next big race is the final Metropolitan League fixture on 12th February at Horsenden Hill. This is going to be a big deal and expect ritual suicide if we don't win.

Eric

Race helpers

Bethany van Loenen, Emma Smith, Richard Wisdom, Claire Levermore, Malcolm French


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