Set against the backdrop of the London city skyline, a number of our athletes battled the hills and the mud at Parliament Hill in the iconic National Cross-Country Championships.
The performance of the day was from Noah Homer in the under 13 boys who achieved a fantastic 4th place in the 400 strong field. Run over a 3 km course the event was very competitive including the winners of the Southern, Midland and Northern Championships. Noah got a great start up the first hill and was in around 10th moving into 4th position after a large hill and muddy section of the course.
In the Under 17 women Bethan Homer ran a great race over a 5km course finishing in 65th. This was a fantastic performance out of 300 competitors. Like Noah, Bethan is bottom age so has another year at this age group. Martha Wood also ran a strong race finishing in 172nd.
In the under 15 girls Maria Taha enjoyed running in her first National Cross-Country finishing in 303rd. This is her first season of cross country running and showed real determination and courage to compete at this level.
Under 17 boys saw Ethan Patel, George O Connor, and George Hope race over a small and large loop of the course (6km) in the 303 strong field. Ethan was first back for RSCAC in 97th closely followed by George O Connor 113th and George Hope in 178th.
Not to be out done by her brother George, Caitlin O Connor ran in the under 20 Junior Women over 6 km. Caitlin finished 94th in the 150 strong field. Tom Lloyd also had a fantastic run in the under 20 Junior Men’s race.
The 1000 strong Senior Women’s race saw a gallant run from Jennie Lloyd who worked her way through 8km course finishing in 495th, she was closely followed by Dale Lyons in 557th.
To make it a real family affair Barry Lloyd was the first RSCAC athlete back in the Senior Men’s in 575th supported by Andy Bradley in 696th and Sam Crawford in 1223rd. Great performances in a very competitive race which was won by Mohamed Mohamed, with Emile Cairess in second and Alex Yee, double Olympic Gold medallist in the Tokyo Triathlon, finishing in 3rd place.
Blessed with sunshine on the day, I am sure that all the RSCAC athletes that competed will remember the day for many years to come. Well done to all.