Caspian Holmes produced his best performance to date to bring home a bronze medal in the South Of England Cross Country Championships on Saturday, writes Geoff Jerwood.
The U13 boy will be looking to test himself at national level when the English Cross Country Association Championship comes to Parliament Hill at the end of February.
Holmes was close to also winning a team medal – Jack McLennan (33rd), Edward Cunniffe (36th) and Matthew Ladure (42nd) helping them finish fourth. Further back was Lucas Heath (72nd), Dylan Gillies (80th), Felix Joliot (88th), Will Perry (108th), Hugo Jenkins (148th) and Askia Mulimba (154th).
The U13 girls came sixth. Their scoring quarter were Orla Wright (24th), Sophie Jack (46th), Florence Mills (71st) and Lily Kitto (72nd). They were followed in by Summer Mackay (93rd), Emilie Cherel (157th), Sophia Mendes (158th) and Emma Chambers (179th).
The U15 girls were 10th thanks to Orla Carroll (48th), Eva O’Hanlon (50th), India Blakey (55th) and Vivi Marshall (61st). Behind them were Rosalie Laban (80th), Grace O’Hanlon (83rd), Martha Brennan (98th) and Rene Powell (157th).
Alex Wilson (38th) and Fabien Whitelock (54th) represented an incomplete U15 boys team.
The U17 men – Robin Bebbington (50th), David Aisa Miller (94th), Harry Bell (119th) and Sam Maloney (121st) – finished 13th.
Herne Hill’s women were 14th out of 40 complete teams. Katie Moore came over from Northern Ireland and was 27th out of 366 finishers at Beckenham.
The team scorers behind Moore were Sarah Grover, not fully recovered from recent tonsillitis in 85th, and relative newcomers Natalie McDougall (129th) and Eliza Cottington (141st_. The remaining Herne Hill finishers were Inga Bellahn (229th), Jenny Nandi (268th), Jess Winfield (270th), Alison Beck (305th), Penelope Cummings (318th), Eibhlin ni Bhradaigh (339th) and Sarah Allen (355th).
The men’s 15th-placed team’s six scoring runners were Marc Geraghty (99th), Eoin Brady (113th), Jeff Cunningham (117th), Simon Coombes (125th), Jack Dickenson (151st) and Joe Elliott (206th). Elliott ran away from Ross Brown (216th), he was followed by Robin Jones (270th), Ben Millar (298th), Billy Herklots (302nd), Jonathan Ratcliffe (328th), Ollie White (365th), Mohammed Ismail (422nd), Trevor Chilton (437th), Tim Kerr (506th) and Andrew Simms (588th).