Twenty-one Harriers travelled to Morden Park on Saturday for the South of the Thames 5 mile race. The course comprised a series of laps looping around the park with a few ups and downs along the way. There was lots of surface water and the mud was of the wet splashy variety.
The rain started just as the gun went off but was thankfully short-lived. As we set off the noise from everyone splashing through the mud, along with a fair amount of whooping and shrieking, was deafening but as soon as we hit dry land everything went quiet. Andy Howey and Alex Jeffries battled it out for first Harrier home with Andy winning through in the end. There were some close battles behind them too with a few seconds separating Mike King and Kieran Fitzpatrick, James Sarre and Simon Howden / Chris Walmsley and Adam Dennis respectively.Meanwhile Mike Russell was hot on the heels of Jillian Holford for most of the race, the latter being quite worried at times! There was also a strong performance from Ana-Marie Green in her SOTT debut.
Andy Howey finished in 34th place and was first M50. The men finished 13th out of 47 teams in the four to score and 6th out of 16 teams in the eight to score. The women, whilst not so highly placed, managed to form a complete team for the four to score with a total of 7 runners overall and it was good to see so many women turn out for this event.
|Place||Name + Cat||Time|
|34||Andrew Howey M55||29:27|
|85||Mike King M40||31:59|
|94||James Sarre M40||32:28|
|95||Simon Howden M45||32:36|
|136||Chris Walmsley M45||34:46|
|138||Adam Dennis M40||34:49|
|W44||Jillian Holford W45||36:45|
|169||Michael Russell M50||36:52|
|171||Geoff Turner M55||36:53|
|195||Nick Pierce M65||38:43|
|W65||Ana-Maria Green W50||39:26|
|199||Andy Page M55||40:05|
|202||Andrew Deighton M50||40:37|
|203||Mark Taylor M65||40:46|
|W79||Clare Andrew W45||41:36|
|W80||Lesley Page W45||41:42|
|W85||Suzannah Kinsella W45||43:05|
|W93||Claire Hayhurst-Knowles W50||43:54|
|W101||Carol Tsang W40||45:10|