Herne Hill Harriers round-up: Anderson third on England debut as youngsters win two team titles at Surrey Cross County League events


Phoebe Anderson finished third on  her England international debut racing in the U20 women’s race in Belgium Cross Cup in Rotselaar.

She was nine seconds behind the race winner in her age category. It bodes well for the English National Cross Country Championship in Nottingham later this month.

Harriers’ young athletes claimed two overall Surrey League team titles in the Surrey Cross Country League events.

The ladies league was wrapped up in Richmond Park, where Herne Hill’s U13 girls team were winners both on the day and over the course of the four-race season with the U13 boys emulating that feat at Croydon’s Lloyd Park.

The girls were in unstoppable form with Lily-Rose Brown, 11, winning the race for the third fixture in succession to also be crowned as the individual champion in her age group for the season.

Eva O’Hanlon placed fifth, Vivi Marshall seventh and Anna Forster ninth to close in the winning A team, with Izzy Perry 10th, Rosalie Laban 11th, Grace O’Hanlon 12th and Anna Parocki 44th combining well in a B team who were fifth overall and first B. The Herne Hill B team were fourth in the league over the season, ahead of most A teams.

Oak Buchan (third) led the U13 boys team, backed up strongly by Fabien Whitelock (fourth), Keeran Sriskandarajah (sixth) and Josh Lee-Baum (seventh) to form the winning A team. They are league champions with team wins in three of the four races. Buchan was third overall.

The U15 boys and U17 men raced together – finishing fifth on the day and fourth in the overall league.

Sam Camenzuli was 14th with Dylan Sweet (26th), Jacob Alley (36th) and Alexander Spaul (40th) in action.

The U15 girls placed seventh – both on the day and over the four races, with Phoebe Bowen placing second on the day to secure the overall individual league title in her age group following a couple of previous race wins. Clare Van Heel was 32nd, the only other Herne Hill U15 girl to race on Saturday.

The senior men were fourth on the day – fifth overall – despite missing some key runners.

Arlo Ludewick followed Liv Stillman’s earlier example in the women’s race as he became the second U20 to lead a senior Harriers team on the day with an excellent 16th in a strong field. Like Stillman  he was the first U20 in his race on the day. Carl Delaney was 18th.

The rest of Harriers’ A team packed well – Andrew Warburton (36th), Brandon Dewar (37th), Rich Henderson (40th), Jack Dickenson (44th), Jeff Cunningham (49th), Jack Brotchie (53rd), Simon Coombes (58th) and Andrew Grigg (66th) the remaining scoring 10.

Eoin Brady led the B men in 70th – just ahead of Matt Munro (72nd) –  with Josh Pewter (82nd), Ant Buchan (86th), Matt Cartwright (90th), M50 Francis Marsh (93rd), Mohammed Ismail (99th), Myles Preston (114th), Jon Key (118th) and Gav Newsum (123rd) to finish second,only Kent ahead of them.

The women’s team placed sixth on the day and in the league, led home by U20 Stillman, returning to racing for the first time since May.

Stillman finished 15th and first U20, followed by Julia Wedmore (17th). The team was closed by Sue Swaine (54th), Lara Langston (62nd) and Karen Ellison (67th).

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