The Haslemere Border AC Juniors were out in force at the second fixture of the Border League Cross Country competition in Guildford’s Stoke Park last Sunday. On a day which saw a welcome return of the sunshine after the overnight downpours, the HBAC athletes, together with colleagues from Emma MacReady's St Edmunds Running Club, aged from 7 to 15 took on 13 other clubs from Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire in eight categories over the course of the day.
First to lead the HBAC contingent home was last year’s series medal winner Emily (4th), supported by the remaining U9 Girls Sophie (6), Jemima (13), Delilah (36) and Imogen (38) giving a team position of 2nd. The U9 Boys of William (3rd), Thomas (29), Freddie (43) and Kyle (61) bettered their previous match score with a 6th place.
The U11 Girls were next up and despite missing their two top scorers from the previous match achieved 5th place with Zoe (19), Freya (32), Yasmin (34), Molly (38), Tabitha (39), Madelaine (40), Milly (45), Erin (50) and Ellen (65). The U11 Boys were very competitive in a traditionally strong field and chalked up a 4th place with an exhibition of paced running from Harry who came in 1st, supported by Josh (10), Toby (22), Sebastian (37), Ben (48), Arun (56) and Jacob (59)
The U13s Girls had a very good showing with Alice (29), Amy (35), Olivia (42), Isabella (58), Becky (60) and Chloe (64) grinding out a respectable 7th and saw the boys Jack W (9), Ethan (26), Jack S (33), Joshua (38) and Harry (53) improve on Match 1 with 5th place
Finally the U15 girls, Tiffany (18), Imogen (33) and boys, Max (18), Ben (23) despite not having enough athletes to comprise a fully scoring team achieved 8th and 7th respectively.
“I was very proud to be a part of the day” said Paul (HBAC Juniors Coach) who accompanied the teams. “There was an amazing team spirit and I was particularly pleased to see so many of our athletes in the older age groups, something we traditionally struggle to achieve”
Bring on the next race-at Reigate on the 5th February