SEAA Cross Country Championships 2017 - Parliament Hill - Report


The weather was unusually mild for this years South of England cross country Championships and racing conditions at Parliament Hill were excellent with some of the ground underfoot, firm!

Fifty BBHAC young athletes took on the challenging Hampstead Heath course and all our junior teams finished in the top 10 with the U17 girls being highest placed in 4th.

Jess Keene continued her great winter season winning an impressive bronze in the U20 women’s 6k race.

Lottie Weitzel and Genny Allan had a great run in at the end of the U17 girl’s 5k race placing 35thand 36threspectively, just 1 second apart. Millie Smith was just behind in 43rdwith Amy Leach in 50thand a great run from Jess Sellar finishing 54th. Graces Scopes in 87thand Charlotte Fairies in 138thcompleted the squad and secured a fine 4thin the team race.

The U15 boy’s efforts contributed to a respectable 5thteam place and Matthew Francis led the attack with a solid top 20 finish coming 19th. Peter Guy had another strong run placing 40thas did Joe Georgiadis finishing 54thand Oscar Heaney Brufal had a good run in 127th. Ben Gardiner lost one of his spikes but was lucky enough to find it, pick it up and carry on home but still finished well in 186th. Jake Leng was 214th and Seb Large 268throunding off a great team result.

The U13 boy’s had the biggest squad on the day and did well finishing 7thoverall. Sam Reardon and Tom Brash continued their private battle and ran strongly finishing 34thand 35thbut with exactly the same time. Luca Thurlow, in only his second BBHAC race must have seen Sam and Tom in front as he finished with pace just 2 seconds behind them in 37th. Max Gregson was a solid 134th, Oliver Robertson 157thand Jamie Sears 160th. Matt Smith crossed the line in 172nd, Oles Chaban was 206th, Adam Parkinson 257thand Nick Paddington completing the squad in 295th.

The large U13 girls team also placed 7thand saw great runs from Lily Meers in 30th, Heidi Forsyth in 49thand Amarisa Sibley in 61st. Ellie Dolby started the race positively and did well to continue, finishing 69th.Kelsey Pullin had a strong run crossing the line in 102nd, Olivia Berry was 121st, Hanna Clark 156th, Zara Aslam was 169thand Isabella Louth rounded off the team effort in 198th.

Morgan Squibb ran a solid race U15 girls race and rewarded with a 10thplace finish, Zoe White had another great run in 47thas did Jess Neal in 57th. Good to see Rosie Allan running well and finishing 129th, follow by Niamh Milmo in 160thand Emily Davis in 220th. The team was 10th.

The U17 boy’s squad was also 10thdespite Lewis Mills having to pull out during the race with a sore knee. Hopefully no lasting damage done and he can rest up and still compete later this winter. Callum Myatt had a great run finishing 66th, with Oscar Hussey running well in 74th. Michael Eagling was 124thand Finlay Brannan, in only his third race for BBHAC was strong finishing 141st. Charlie Andrews has been running well all winter and was moving along nicely but fell heavily landing on his hip and struggled to complete the course but did so and shouldn’t be too disappointed.

Winter team captain Marco Arcuri led the charge in the U20 men’s 8k race coming 56thwith Thomas Desborough 80thand James Crawley 81st unfortunately one athlete short of a complete scoring team.

Good luck to all competing in the London schools on Wednesday and the inter counties at Brands Hatch on Saturday, where our athletes will be hoping to secure places in the prestigious English Schools cross country Championship, held this year in Norwich.