Belgrave’s men secured Division 1 status for another year with a solid performance in the fourth and final fixture of the Surrey League cross country season.
With mounting injuries and illnesses to big players, an impressive 15 men still turned up in the claret and gold to get us across the line, with ever-presents Paskar and Andrius leading us home.
A brave run from Phil Wicks, returning from a lengthy calf struggle, scored us valuable points at a boggy Lloyd Park in Croydon.
|Belgrave finisher||Overall score||Name||Time|
|14||74||Frank Ward (2C)||37:17|
The sum total was a comfortable league survival ahead of Ranelagh and relegated Striders of Croydon.
Final team standings after four fixtures
|3||Thames Hare and Hounds||1251|
|4||Guildford and Godalming||1805|
|5||Herne Hill Harriers||1890|
|6||South Loundon Harriers||1972|
|9||Striders of Croydon||3301|
Team manager’s verdict
Yes, that’s a pretty good turn-out considering I compared us to Apocalypse Now on Thursday night. “The horror, the horror”, I wailed in my best Marlon Brando voice.
But the nuggety Ed and Nick said they’d crawl from their sickbeds and feel their way around [they did a lot more than that], and it was a deelish surprise to get Wicksy out, and although his calf tightened badly on the second lap, he doesn’t feel that too much damage has been done.
With Steve getting fitter all the time and the epic Mcdougall/Mills rivalry continuing apace, this time joined by Ben; and the Cockerpillar scoring 10th for us at the start of the millennium and again 19 years later, we can feel satisfied there’s a lot more to come from this hard-bitten squad.
Timin is a fine prospect but is going out far too quickly in these races, for a distance and quality he’s simply not used to. But it’s a nice problem to have, reigning in such a talent, whilst Joseph was more clinical. We have huge hopes for both athletes in the coming 35-odd years…
It won’t be long before James starts scoring for us as he too gets better each time out. Finally a welcome to Yordan and cheers to Frank for running in memory of Bill. Frank first troubled the scorers for us in 1982. There’s absolutely no reason why we can’t gobble up the three clubs just ahead of us next season – and who knows about the other 3! – the wheel doth turn.Will Cockerell, men’s TM
Paskar is league’s second best overall performer
Club legend Paskar Owor’s 10th place means he finishes second individual performer over all four Surrey League races.
|Owen Hind||KEN||14||[6, 2, 4, 2]|
|Paskar Owor (V35)||BEL||34||[4, 15, 5, 10]|
|Jim Allchin||THH||36||[12, 7, 9, 8]|
|Colin High||G&G||46||[20, 10, 11, 5]|
|Finn Johnson||H/W||53||[10, 5, 18, 20]|