Well it has been a long time coming but the senior men won the team race in the last of the seasons Hampshire cross country league fixtures at Dibden Inclosure on Saturday to wrap up the overall league title. I have gone through the archives available on the Hampshire athletics website and spoke to a few of the veteran men and nobody can remember if Southampton AC in all of its guises has won the senior mens league title before so suffice it to say it is the first win for the club in a generation if not ever.
Alex Wall-Clarke who is in great form right now won the senior mens race on the day to take 6th in the overall league standings but individual pride of place goes to Alex Milne who didn’t run on the day but his results in the 4 previous races were good enough to seal the overall individual league title. Jamie Knapp needed to finish in the top 3 (assuming Alex didn’t run and wasn’t in the top 2) to take the title but came home 15th to finish in 3rd place overall. Alex Bruce-Littlewood was 2nd on the day, Matt Bennett was 5th (also 5th overall) and James Smith was 17th (3rd vet to finish) to complete the scorers and see the team win 4 of the 5 races and therefore secure the league title. Tom Cully was 19th (3rd U20 and also 3rd U20 overall in the league), Pete Merritt was 48th, Robert Finch 59th, Emyr Morgan 72nd (25th vet), Richard Miller 97th (40th vet), Paul Johnson 105th (48th vet and the only vet to complete 4 of the requisite races to qualify for an overall league position which was 26th vet and 60th overall), Nick Willson 112th and John Withey 115th (55th vet).
Luke Powell was 5th in the U17 mens race and 7th in the league overall. Sean Miller was 21st for the U15 boys, Leon Longhurst was 24th and Ben Williams completed the scorers in 26th (16th overall) to bring the team home 5th and secure the bronze medal in the league overall. Seth Furniss was 32nd (19th overall). Toby Hale didn’t finish but was 6th overall from performances in the previous 4 races and Barney Clacy’s previous 4 races earned him 23rd place overall. For the U13 boys Harry Crosby was 32nd on his cross country debut for the club, Felix Clacy was 38th (32nd overall) and Jack Greatorex completed the scorers in 46th to bring the team home 8th on the day and finish 5th in the overall lague standings. Oliver Thatcher bravely ran despite broken bones in his hand and was 53rd and James Moore was 56th (36th overall). Ben Brown took the individual overall bronze medal in the league after top 5 performances in the first 4 races.
For the senior women, Bryher Bowness was 16th (although listed under Southampton University on the results and therefore not counted towards the team score), Sarah Kingston 20th, Anna Sharp 25th (9th U20, 19th overall in the league and 7th overall in the league U20 standings) and Nicci Blandford completed the scorers in 29th (5th vet, 17th in the overall league standings and 5th vet overall). the team were 4th on the day and took the same position in the overall league standings. Hannah Coomes was 46th (33rd overall) and Lynn Massey was 104th (48th vet, 63rd in overall league standings and 27th vet in overall standings).
For the U17 women Anna Reavey was 10th (11th overall), Hannah Polden 12th (10th overall) and Maya Gill 13th (14th overall). The team were 2nd on the day. Phoebe Moriarty-Palios was first home in 6th for the U15 girls (8th overall) followed by Aimee Rayner who ran her best race to date in 10th (21st overall) and Poppy Wright who bravely ran on the day so that the girls had a team was 46th despite virtually limping round. The team were 7th on the day but pipped for the overall team bronze medal by Wimborne. Holly Powell was 10th overall for her performances in the first 4 races. In the U13 girls race, Megan Hulbert was 14th (16th overall), Olivia Reavey 22nd (15th overall) and Madeline Cooper completed the scorers in 30th (19th overall). The team were 5th on the day and finished 4th overall in the league. Molly Chalk was 44th and Kayleigh Harrison 54th.
In the U11 guest race, Kate Jeffery was 2nd for the girls with Melissa Cooper in 6th, Kiera Bessant 8th, Emily Churcher 10th, Ellie Thatcher 15th, Milly Hulbert 25th and Natasha Harrison in 32nd. For the U11 boys, George Lambert was 12th and Charlie Morse 13th.
Full results can be found through the following link to the Hampshire athletics website.
And pictures of the young athletes and women ploughing through the water and mud on the day can be seen below courtesy of Rob Gill.