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Weekly Update - 24th Jan. 2024

London International Cross Country, Parliament Hill (Sat. 20th Jan.)

The inaugural London International Cross Country Meeting took place on Saturday at Parliament Hill, incorporating the British Athletics Cross Challenge, home countries international and trials for the World University and World Cross Country Championships which meant the races were of a very high quality.

Representing the South of England Holly Dixon put in a solid run in the senior women's 10k for 20th place. Good runs by Amelia Lawrence (U17W) running in the U20 race, Aniket Iyengar (U15B), Celia Allen (U15G), Celia Yeatman (U15G), Alex van den Berg (U13B), Sophia-Rose Bonnar (U13G) and Seren Yeatman (U13G).

Kent Schools Cross Country Championships, Dartford (Sat. 20th Jan.)

Meredith Cummings finished 11th in the junior girls race earning selection for the Kent Schools team for the Inter-County Championships to be held in Ardingly, Sussex next month.

Box Hill Fell Race, from Stepping Stones Public House (Sat. 20th Jan.)

Eight of the club's fell runners travelled to Box Hill for the first fell race of the year including three who were having their first go at a fell race (although opinions are divided as to whether this really counts as a fell race, it is challenging enough but it is no Ben Nevis), writes Clem Dixon. Our first finishers were Tom Brooke (8th), James Macdonald (12th) and John O'Mahony (16th) all of whom ran it last year with James and John 2nd and 3rd in the M40 category. Next was one of the newbies, Geoff Smith in 41st completing the four to score team which was second to a strong Serpentine squad but only by the slender margin of 10 points. Next year!

Will Longhurst was next home for the club and promised to be back for more. Graham Maynard finished ahead of Tarbo Fukazawa, the latter struggling with a sore hamstring but managing to finish. Even less lucky than Tarbo was James Floyd who has been struggling with a bad back, he got as far as the start line but by then was in too much pain to give it a go. At least he hung around to take pictures at the finish.

Thomas Brooke - James Macdonald

John O'Mahoney - Geoff Smith

Full results can be viewed here.

London Indoor Games (U20/Senior), Lee Valley (20th/21st Jan.)

The London Indoor Games is possibly the UK’s largest Open meeting, running over four days and involving close to 2,000 athletes, writes Mick Bond. The first weekend is for the U20 and senior age groups and a number of club members took part.

In the sprints Doyin Aderinto ran her quickest time of the season with a 7.73s clocking in the first round of the 60 metres, whilst training partners Derin Aderinto and Mary Schouvaloff clocked 8.11s and 8.09s respectively over the same distance. Ciara McGinty was just outsider her PB with a 8.16s run in the Under 20 race. On the men’s side Omari Markland Montgomery ran 6.95s twice in his two 60m races whilst Osagie Imanswuomo recorded 7.09s in the second round after hamstring cramp disrupted his first round race


On the longer 200m sprint Shaquille Fernandez-Folkes just got the better of Jack Ebanks running 23.82 s to 23.78s.


Keziah Olaleye ran PBs in both the 60 hurdles (9.38s) and 400m (60.72s) as she prepares for her first summer running 400 hurdles. Brandon Sikity ran 9.14s in the senior men’s hurdles for an indoor PB.


This coming weekend it is the turn of the Under 17’s and Under 15’s.

Canterbury 10 (Sun. 21st Jan.)

Congratulations to Susan Dixon for another age group win, this time at the Canterbury 10 on Sunday where she finished 182nd overall in 1:12:13 for first W55-64. Other club members running were Peter St-Amour who crossed the line in1:08:36 and Sally Carr recording a time of 1:19:45.

Farnborough Winter Half, Farnborough Airport (Sun. 21st Jan.)

Alex Tringham recorded a time of 1:35:21 at the Farnborough Winter Half-Marathon.


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