After their medal achievements at the South of England Championships hopes were high within WSEH AC for repeat performances at the National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill Field London on Saturday. There were certainly some good performances but the best result came from an unexpected quarter – the U13 Girls. Charlotte Dewar led the way with an excellent bronze individual medal. Freya Wilcox was next to appear in 45th place, closely followed by Oona Gibbons in 57th spot with Rachel Clutterbuck 59th to pick up the team silver medals. There were two other WSEH finishers – Alana Thomsen 128th and Daya Baga 207th. Team winners were Chiltern Harriers.

The Under 15 Girls also gave good account of themselves – finishing 5th in the team event. First to appear was Eloisa Harris in 47th place, chased hard by sisters Amy Young(53rd) and Jasmine Young(69th). Katie Clutterbuck completed the WSEH team in 129th spot. There were two other WSEH finishers in Lily Rolfe with 201st and Madison Foxcroft with 356th. Team winners were Norwich AC

As Southern Champions, there were high hopes for the WSEH U20 Womens team – however the absence of several key athletes severely dented the team’s chances. Nonetheless those that did toe the start line gave good account of themselves to finish a creditable 5th in the team race. Meg Ormond further enhanced her international credentials with a fine 7th place. She was followed by Hannah Novakovic in 27th place with Izzie Rayner(69th) and Becca Pope (91st) completing the team. Juliet Soane was the other WSEH athlete to finish in 96th place. Team winners were Sale Harriers, Manchester.

The U15 Boys team were led home by Sam Hodgson in 24th place. There was a gap before Luke Hynes appeared in 94th place ahead of Ross Van Heerde (134th) and Will Goddard (164th) completing the WSEH team in 8th place. There were two other WSEH finishers in Jordi Evans–Rodriguez(344th) and Josh Patterson(370th). Team winners were Aldershot & Farnham AC.

The Under 13 Boys team will have enjoyed the experience but were never in the medal hunt finishing in 30th place. Best of the quartet was Rocco Hudson in 98th place with Matt Knight 99th and George Thomas 322nd and Meher Baga 499th. Team winners were Chiltern Harriers.

There was a good turn out by the WSEH Senior Men, with eight athletes toeing the start line. Of these team captain Simon Millett was the first to finish in 140th place. James Tidd was next to appear in 203rd place closely followed by Steve Kimber in 208th place. Jonny Dry finished in 378th place and the WSEH team was completed by Ben Findlay (590th) and Steve Fell(629th) to secure 31st place in the team event. There were two other WSEH finishers – Seb Pencole (1185th) and Dereece Greene (1639th). Team winners were Tonbridge AC.

There were just two WSEH runners in the Senior Ladies Race with Chalotte Firth placing 66th and veteran Vick Brookling 655th.

It was a similar story in the U17 Mens race where Dan Brookling was 36th and Mark Stringer 262nd.

This dual representation also occurred in the U17 Womens race with Molly Jones in 47th place and Maya Hodgson 86th.

There was just one WSEH athlete in the U20 Mens race – Sean Jackson finishing in 211th place.

WSEH AC added to their tally of four National Champions from last week’s British Senior Indoor Championships with a further two National Champions from the U20, U17, U15 Championships in Sheffield over the weekend. Dominic McDougal scored an impressive victory in the U17 Mens 1500m straight Final on Saturday with a win in 4m11.86secs. Alex Haydock-Wilson’s path was more tortuous having to negotiate heats, and semi-finals before making his mark with a victory in the U20 400m in 47.99secs in the Final on Sunday.

WSEH had three other medallists. Temi Ojora was the silver winner in the U17 Womens High Jump with 1m79 and Orla Brennan took a medal of the same hue in the U17 300m in 39.56secs. There was also a bronze award for Teepee Princewell in the U20 Mens Triple Jump with 14m85.

Abby Masquelier looked set to claim a medal after finishing 2nd in the Semi Final of her U15 Girls 60m Hurdles race but things went adrift in the Final and she finished 8th in 9.47secs, well outside her Semi Final time on 9.35secs.

Other WSEH Finalists were:
U17 Mens Triple Jump – Kam Cheung Lambert 8th 12m49
U17 Womens 300m – Jemina Copeman 6th 41.49secs
U17 Womens Pole Vault – Jasmine Presho 8th 3m20

Mueller International Games – Birmingham
Morgan Lake continued to enhance her High Jump reputation by taking 2nd place with 1m94 in the Mueller International Games in Birmingham on Sunday.