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Middlesex XC Champs Wormwood Scrubs, 7th Janauary 2012

Another excellent turnout at the Middlesex Cross Country Championships saw the Senior Men finish third team and the Under 20 team finish second team reports Paul Leppard.

In the Senior event, Highgate dominated the race as they finished their scoring six in the first fifteen for 52 points but the battle for second place was really tight with Harrow just pipping us to second place by one point; scoring 131 to our points total of 132. Robert Thompson was again first scorer for the club in ninth place with  Martin Bateman 18th, Daniel Thompson 21st, Sam Blanshard 22nd, Dean Clark 23rd and Anupam Das 38th making up the scoring six.

The strength in depth of the team was again really impressive as we put out the highest number of competing athletes in the mens race (28) with only Highgate putting out a stronger scoring 12.

In the Under 20 race, Carl Yates finished third to lead the Under 20 men to silver medals in the team competition, scoring 25 points to finish behind Ealing Southall & Middlesex (15 points) and in front of Harrow (30 points).  Joe Carton finished seventh and Luke Pierre Inkson 15th to complete the team.

Middlesex Cross Country Championships Senior women’s race, by Lesley Conway

The senior women’s race, a much smaller affair then the men’s, was well contested at the head with three leaders jostling for first place until about the last quarter of the second lap before eventual winner Kate Brown of Loughborough University kicked in and kept ahead by ten seconds of her rivals from Highgate and Harrow. Highgate were clearly the gold medal team followed by Harrow and Thames Valley Harriers with equal points.  In the field of 67, Hillingdon’s red stripe was sported by just two:  Kate Verber, in her third cross country event for the club, and Pauline Fischer; both maintained good pace and finished 43rd (in 42 mins 13 secs) and 47th (in 43:25) respectively.

Full results may be found here. Videos of some of the races can be found in the right hand menu.

Juniors report required.