Report by Andy Tuttle
Three of our young athletes eagerly await their invites to run for the Berkshire team at this season’s English Schools cross country championships to be held in Blackburn next month. This follows some fine performances at the Inter County Schools South event held at Reigate Priory. The event is a competition between six Counties, Berkshire, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, with each county allowed 16 runners in each age group.
Yasmin Ryder ran really well to finish 5th in the Senior Girls race, with only two Girls from Essex and one each from Kent and Surrey in front of her.
In the Inter Girls age group Charlotte Clover needed to improve on her 9th place from the Berkshire Championships to qualify and she responded in style. Charlotte finished 9th in the race and recorded 4th out of the Berkshire athletes. Izzy Fry also improved from 7th Berkshire member at the Berkshire Schools, to 5th this time out, and an impressive 11th place on the day in her first year in this age group.
Samuel Wright will almost certainly make the reserve list for the Junior Boys team, he was the 10th scorer for the team with 8 to qualify.
Only two club members took part in this year’s South of England AA cross-country championships. James Craggs finished a very creditable 155th in the Senior Men’s race, held over a challenging 9 mile course. Sam Wright (pictured) ran strongly over the hilly terrain to finish 122nd in the U15 Boys’ event.
St Bart’s pupil Yas Ryder – Berkshire School’s U19 – 2nd
Congratulations to Yasmin Ryder (St Barts) who finished an excellent second in the year 12/13 age group at the Berkshire Schools event held at the Newbury Showground.
In the year 10/11 Girls race Izzy Fry (Park House) and Charlotte Clover ( Downe House) ran well to give themselves every chance of making it to the English Schools Championships, both Girls finished in the top 8 with 8 places up for grabs.
In the year 8/9 Boys Samuel Wright (John O’Gaunt) was given an invite to the next round at Reigate in two weeks time. Well done to all the clubs young athletes that ran, when the full results are available I will update the report.
A massive thank you to all of our Marshals, Officials and Bev on car parking duty to help make the event a very successful one. Jill Wright wanted me to pass on her thanks to you all on behalf of the Berkshire Schools Athletics.
Sam Wright U15 Boys winner 2015
Maisie Jeger U11G winner
After a busy weekend, Maisie Jeger (U11G); Sam Wright (U15B) and Izzy Fry (U15G) have established unassailable leads in their respective age-groups in the club cross-country championships.
With two rounds remaining, the current leaders in the other Divisions, are: James Craggs (Senior Men); E-J Bailey (Senior Women); Yasmin Ryder (U17G); Ed Fry (U13B), Amelia Munday (U13G) and Callum Fry (U11B).
Tom Watkins: 3rd in Men’s race (Photo: Barry Cornelius)
Josie Robertson and Maisie Jeger and the Under 15/17 Girls team made it three wins out of three in the latest round of the Oxford Mail cross country League at Culham. Josie was able to respond to any challenge that came her way in the under 9 Girls, while in the very next race for the under 11 Girls Josie’s sister Luci and team mate Maisie Jeger were soon to develop a tidy lead they held right to the end, with Maisie 1st and Luci 2nd. Many athletes were racing for the second day in succession, Izzy Fry followed up her win yesterday with a 2nd place in the Under 15 Girls, Charlotte Clover finished 2nd under 17 today after a fine 4th place in the Surrey champs yesterday, and Yasmin Ryder kept herself right in the medal hunt with 4th in the same age group. The Under 15/17 team kept their score down to just 13 points today and are sitting pretty at the top of the league table. In the Senior Men’s Tom Watkins went two places better than yesterday to record 3rd place.
Thank you very much everyone. (More results to follow shortly)
Results, Photos (Barry Cornelius)
Izzy Fry – U15 County Champion 2015
What a fantastic team effort from so many of our club members today to host the 2015 Berkshire County Championship. 36 athletes took part across the age groups and a further 29 members were on official duty to help stage the event.
Congratulations go to all our medal winners today, Izzy Fry won her first County cross country title in the under 15 Girls, and our Veteran Men kept their un-beaten run at the Championships going for yet another season, with Wayne Lillis runner up and Martin Walker picking up the Bronze. The Senior Men’s team did not surrender their title lightly, they totally packed the mid field order to finish 2nd and 3rd teams, Tom Watkins ran well to finish just outside the medals in 5th place.
Senior Women’s Team
Our Senior Women kept up their impressive record to record 2nd and 5th teams, while our Veteran Women finished just four points behind Champions Reading A.C , with E-J Bailey having a fine run to secure the Bronze medal and our final medal winner was Samantha Van Huyssteen, she made a welcome return to cross country by winning the Bronze medal in the Under 20 age group. Yasmin Ryder should receive a County call up after finishing 7th in a top class Under 17 Women’s race, along with Sophie Crumly in the Senior Women’s, and Maisie Jeger, Ed Fry, Samuel Wright and E-J Bailey all might make the reserve lists after they all finished in 12th place in their respective age groups.
Full results from Power of 10 or download them here in .pdf format
More Photographs here thanks to Emma.
Around 15 members were blessed with superb weather on the annual excursion to Combe Gibbet. Blue skies, sunshine and frost-hardened tracks were in sharp contract to last year’s gale-force winds, driving hail and flooded roads. Sam Wright proved a worthy substitute for his Dad (currently on crutches following knee surgery) and got everyone to the Gibbet without deviation, hesitation or repetition.
Refreshment at the Dundas Arms was a welcome bonus.
Thanks to the Wrights and Bob Taylor for organizing an excellent event.
The 2014 Boxing Day Handicap saw 66 runners complete the 1.8 mile course. The overall winner was Wilf Waldon and first club member home was Phoebe Ryder (2nd overall). The fastest time of the day was 09:20 recorded by Brad Yewer.
Full results and Photos (thanks to Charles Fowler)
Some more photos this time from Emma Guite
I have been taking names for this season’s National to be held at the fantastic Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath, London on Saturday 21st February. If anyone else would like to be added to the list could you please let me know, the entry fee is £7 which I would like to collect before sending the entry off on Monday 5th January.
Races start with the Under 17 Women at 11.00am and finish with the Senior Men at 3.00pm, The age groups are – Under 13’s, Under 15’s, Under 17’s, Under 20’s & Seniors.
The county championships will take place on Saturday 3rd January at Hungerford Common. Entries are now closed. Timetable, parking information etc. are available on the Berkshire AA website. Please contact Andy Tuttle is you need any additional details.