Parliament Hill, normally a quagmire for the Southern Counties Cross Country event, was unusually firm, albeit wet and muddy in parts. First away in the bright sunshine were the U15 Boys, with Belgrave represented by Julius Bennet, finishing in 198th in a time of 18.01. With three athletes in the next race, theU13 Girls, the ever solid Isla Walrock was our first finisher, 53rd in 15.06, followed by Juliet Michot 210th in 14.57 and Chaiyla Norvill-Williams, 276th in 17.01
The U13 Boys race saw Henry Shippey having an excellent run to place 203rd in 13.16, despite his last minute change of plan that day to race rather than to play football for Clapham Rangers. Not far behind was Sam Pound, 259th in 13.56.
With Allison Dagleish our only representative in the U15 Girls race, she did well to battle on to secure 267th slot in 25.33. The final race of the day as far as our Junior team was concerned was the Junior Mens U17 race. Timin Kamani ran his first race for the squad, placing an excellent 110th in 22.29, with Joseph O’Clery not far behind in 23.31 to finish in 151st place.
All in all our Junior’s ran well, in particular given that they were competing with athletes across the entire Southern region of England, generally recognised as the toughest of the four regional championships.