Sunday the first of February saw our juniors competing in the third of the Border League Cross Country series at a drafty Stoke Park in Guildford. In nearly freezing temperatures, we together with our fellow collaborators Waverley Harriers fielded athletes in nearly all the age and gender categories against teams such as the mighty Guildford and Godalming AC who were out in force.
First in for HBAC were U9s Evie Denton and Freya Hampshire neck and neck in the field and finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively; they were ably supported by Eva Payne and Yasmine Gubby for a second place overall. Oscar Gratton was next in for HBAC in the U9 Boys, our lone representative in this category but finishing strongly in 16th position.
Our U11s were represented by Alice Robinson, finishing in 10th place despite the obvious impediment of a nose bleed, together with Joss Harris, Becky Pennant, Isabella Croucher and Olivia Bristow (most of whom were competing as youngsters in their age group), combining to chalk up 9th position. The boys (all from Waverley) went one better finishing in 8th place overall in a race dominated by Aldershot who looked very strong as always.
In the U13s, our lone girl Georgia Denton fought hard for a 47th place and with no representatives in the boys race, it looked like our day was over but we finished the day with a full U15 girls race (thanks to Waverley Harriers) and earned 7th place as well as a representative in the U15 boys.
Special thanks of the day go to Richard our team manager who will be sadly missed when he steps down at the end of the season and Owen from Waverley Harriers who supported Richard on the day. It also goes without saying that without the mums and dads who brought our young athletes there and stood around on that chilly morning deserve their share of the credit for some great results and probably our best turnout in the three years that we have been competing in this league. See you all next month
Our U11s, smiles before and after the race!!
Strong finishing from our U9s