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for the A team handing over      Kingston (running the 6th       Nine athletes went home
in 6th to Lily Tappenden         fastest leg) up to bring the    with medals including Ben
who in turn in held onto 6th.    team home in second. The B      Gardiner who also went home
Jessica Neal ran a determined    team were a great 13th overall  with a shiner collected head
last leg maintaining a 6th       (3rd B team) and this was       butting a flying swing. Ben
place finish. The B team was     due to fine legs from Jenny     looked more like a boxing
incomplete but saw good          Allen on 1, Grace Scopes on     champ than a cross country
runs from Isabelle Bridge        2 and Stephanie Taylor on last  athlete!
(back from injury) and Zoe       leg. Fantastic to have great
Austridge.                       strength and depth.             National Cross Country
                                                                 Relays Mansfield
More medals were to come         The U15 boys were the last      1st November 2014
and the U13 boys, fresh from     off and like the U15 girls
their National road relay        we had two strong teams         Blackheath and Bromley
bronze, led the way with         of three competing. Henry       Harriers Athletic Club U13 boys
Peter Guy on the first leg       Cowie once again ran the first  and U15 girls are both national
handing over in first (having    leg with real determination     champions.
run the 2nd fastest leg of the   bringing the A team home in
day). Joseph Georgiadis had      3rd, Michael Eagling had a      Mansfield was the venue for
another strong run and passed    strong run holding onto 5th,    The National cross country
to Ben Gardiner in 2nd. Ben      handing over to Coleman         relays and despite an event
on the last leg was up against   Corry who held on for a         packed weekend all our
some very strong boys and did    fine 6th place. The B team      athletes produced some
well to finish in third winning  were led out by a gutsy run     fantastic results in what
a fantastic bronze for the       from Callum Myatt, George       turned out to be a brilliant
team. Robert Suckling and        Pope moved through the          weekend of running.
Cameron Swatton made up          field handing over to Lewis
two thirds of the B team and     Stickings in 19th which Lewis   Two age groups as National
were well up the field and like  held onto. They were the 2nd    Champions, a very impressive
the U13 girls it was a shame     B team to finish, again great   statistic.
we could not field another U13   strength and depth.
athlete to complete the teams.                                   The course at Mansfield is
                                 This week’s girls’ team         undulating, woody, dryish
The U15 girls National           manager’s award goes to         under foot and very well
Road Relay Champions             Yasmin Austridge (chosen        marked out. Having walked
were up next and they            by Andy Frankish and not        the course, pinned numbers
didn’t disappoint winning a      her Dad!) for a great first     on and secured timing chips
fantastic silver medal behind    leg performance. The boys’      to their ankles, all were ready
a very strong Herne Hill         team manager’s award goes       to go.
team. First off was Yasmin       to Robert Sucking (who
Austridge (running the 7th       narrowly missed out on Wally    After the U20 races
fastest leg) handing over to     of the Day award) for yet       commenced the day’s
Millie Smith in second place.    another gutsy and determined    proceedings Jessica Keene
Millie’s strong run set Naomi    performance.                    had a great lead off leg for
                                                                 the U17 girls, running the
                                                                 fourth fastest leg of the day,
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