An even 10 podium spots as D&T dominate NWLL XC match

Dacorum & Tring AC’s cross country team dominated the fourth match in the North West London League cross country series for young athletes, held at Hampstead Heath, scoring six individual podium spots – including two outright wins – and four team medals.

The U15 age group ran rampant over the competition, with both the boys’ and the girls’ teams winning their division. In the U15 boys’ race, four runners finished in the first five places, with a fantastic performance from every runner.  Joe Chamberlain won by a considerable distance, while Tom O’Reilly crossed the line in 2nd, and Jamie Bailey got the better of Jack Raine for the first time as the two finished 4th and 5th respectively.  Tom Durrant was close to the top-10 with his 11th-place finish, while Euan Rigarlsford took a strong 17th.

The dominant U15 boys team, from left: Tom D, Tom O, Euan, Jack and Joseph (Jamie is behind Tom D)

The U15 girls (pictured in main photo, above, from left: Jessica, Stella, Grace, Lauren and Emma) were led home by Stella Whitlum in 3rd, with Grace Hucknall hot on her heels in 5th. Jessica Hill finished within the top-10, followed closely by Lauren Collis and Emma Cresswell. The girls put together a fine team performance with all of them picking up places in the last half mile of the race.

In the U17 women’s race, Indira Patel earned her third straight victory, finishing 37 seconds ahead of the second-placed runner, while Angus Saunders ran a well-judged race to come through strongly in the latter half of the race, crossing the line in 3rd – his best finish of the season. With Patrick Scahill finishing 11th, the U17 men’s team achieved a well-deserved third place in the team standings.

Indira grabbed any easy win in the U17 girls’ race – her third in the series

The U13 girls achieved impressive results, finishing 3rd as a team, and Isabelle Jelfs achieving her best-ever finish in the series, a close 2nd – just one second behind the first girl! Also producing her best race was Indie Frost in 6th, with Amy Lane showing her usual consistency with a strong top-20 performance – just 14 seconds behind Indie.

Alexia Bede, running in the U11 girls event, had her best race of the season, crossing the line in 7th place.

The final match takes place in two weeks time at Wormwood Scrubs, and afterwards presentations will be made to the winning individuals and teams. Expect more silverware from D&T’s young athletes, with many of them up for individual awards and the U15 boys set to win team gold, while the U13 girls’, U15 girls’ and both the U17 men’s and women’s teams are also in the running for medals.

AthleteAge GroupDistanceTimePlace
Alexia BEDEU11 girls1500m6.557th
Isabelle JELFSU13 girls2000m7.522nd
Indie FROSTU13 girls2000m8.096th
Amy LANEU13 girls2000m8.2317th
Stella WHITLUMU15 girls2400m12.013rd
Grace HUCKNALLU15 girls2400m12.255th
Jessica HILLU15 girls2400m12.519th
Lauren COLLISU15 girls2400m12.5811th
Emma CRESSWELLU15 girls2400m13.0212th
Indira PATELU17 women3600m15.351st
Joseph CHAMBERLAINU15 boys3600m13.261st
Tom O'REILLYU15 boys3600m13.382nd
Jamie BAILEYU15 boys3600m13.544th
Jack RAINEU15 boys3600m14.065th
Thomas DURRANTU15 boys3600m14.4511th
Euan RIGARLSFORDU15 boys3600m15.1317th
Angus SAUNDERSU17 men4200m16.123rd
Patrick SCAHILLU17 men4200m19.4411th

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About Catherine Davies

Catherine has been an active member of Dacorum & Tring AC Road Runners since 2007, and her three children have all passed through Mike Dunphy's Middle Distance squad.