Six athletes travelled to London to run the iconic Parliament Hill cross-country course in London at the Southern Cross-Country Championship on Saturday 25 January.
Despite the weather being dry for the last week or so, the course did not disappoint and offered up a mud-fest!
First up was Matt Geddes in the Under 15 category on the 4.5km full loop. Matt positioned himself well from the start, up the brutal first hill and despite taking a tumble and finishing head to toe in mud Matt crossed the finish line in 39th place.
Next up was Eva Hall in the Under 13 category on the 3km loop. Again Eva positioned herself well at the start and nearly lost one of her spikes mid-race, finishing strong, taking a number of places on the finishing straight and crossing the line in 50th place.
Bradley Andrews-Callec and Rory Baines set off in the U13 category on their 3km loop. Rory struggled from the start with a sore back yet still managed a very respectable 160th place out of over 300 runners. Bradley position himself well towards the front of the pack at the start and ran superbly, finishing in 10th place!
Last up were Hollie Masefield and Ella Hughes in the U15 category. Hollie and Ella had to run a 2 loop 4km course and both showed their usual grit and determination running strong races with Hollie finishing in 114th and Ella 173rd.
All six athletes ran brilliantly and represented the club extremely well!
Huge thank-you to Annabel Masefield and Judy Andrews-Callec for their organisation and help with the trip. Big thank-you to Chris Hall and Andrew Geddes for getting stuck in and helping all of the athletes out of their muddy spikes!