Sunday 8th January 2017 @ Haileybury College
It has been many years in the making for St Albans Athletics Club but we can finally now say that we have the squad that we have aspired to for many years; with lots of hands on deck from photographers, administrators, coaches, team managers, marshals, caterers and most of all, athletes from under 11s through to seniors.
The sun was shining, the atmosphere was building and everyone was raring to tackle a proper cross country course even if it did result in them lying on the floor contemplating whether they’d ever feel alive again afterwards.
Under 11 Girls - 1st Team - Annabel Hedge 5th, Poppy Fisher 6th, Florence Crowley 8th. Martha Duncan and Iris Foley ensured our team success by finishing in front of Herts Phoenix athletes.
Under 13 Girls - 1st Team - Lily Tse (2nd) Mia Pullan (3rd) Antonia Jubb (4th) and also Eve, Sara and Sarah (7th, 8th and 9th) securing 2nd Team
Under 15 Girls - 1st Team - Kiera Stern (3rd) with help from Niamh Gallagher (9th) and Christina Durbin (11th)
Under 17 Women - 2nd Team - Jessica Laitner (4th), Hannah Rayden (8th) and Emily Anders (10th)
Under 20 Women - 2nd Team Alex Bentley, Naomi Baker and Juliet Merelie
Senior Women - Megan Steer 9th (2nd U23) - also great to see Hannah Hull and Frankie Durbin making their debuts this cross country season
Under 11 Boys - 2nd Team Noah Brown 7th, Alex McDonald 9th, Pedro Gomez Jones 14th again all 11 of you helped secure the overall 2nd position
Under 13 Boys - narrowly missing out on a team gold by 1 point but safely secured the silver - Sam Hicks (4th), Robert Quigley (5th) and Tommy Wilson (9th) - 3 St Albans teams out!
Under 15 Boys - 3rd Team
Under 17 Men - 3rd Team - Jed Lumb best run of his season (5th), closely followed by Oliver Davis (7th) with Cameron Clark and Adam Busby helping secure the team bronze
Under 20 Men - Ben Clarke (5th), Edward Anders (7th) and Jacob Hine (8th) brought home another team gold
Senior men- Team Gold and our only County Champion great to see James Mcmurray 1st , Ollie Poulain 17th and Jamie Abbiss 21st continue to succeed at senior level .
Our mission statement as a squad is to provide an inclusive environment for distance running and enable progression to the senior age groups .
Perhaps our biggest achievement of the weekend was the fact that St Albans was the only club who managed to get a team out in every single age group with 36 male athletes and 33 female athletes competing demonstrating not only our progression as a club but the tremendous dedication from both the athletes and their parents. Even if you didn't have the race you’d hoped for remember that you must have some bad races to be able to fully appreciate the good ones! So give yourselves a pat on the back and we look forward to another great turn out and more superb performances at the Chiltern League next weekend.