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Athletics: Woodford Green & Essex Ladies youngsters impress at latest Met Cross Country League meet

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:23 16 November 2017

Woodford Green youngsters in action at the Met Cross Country League race in Welwyn Garden City (pic: Sally Chapman)

Woodford Green youngsters in action at the Met Cross Country League race in Welwyn Garden City (pic: Sally Chapman)

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A round-up of the latest mews from the Woodford Green & Essex Ladies athletics club

Woodford Green youngsters in action at the Met Cross Country League race in Welwyn Garden City (pic: Sally Chapman) Woodford Green youngsters in action at the Met Cross Country League race in Welwyn Garden City (pic: Sally Chapman)

Woodford Green & Essex Ladies’ future looks bright after several of their youth sides won their divisions at the second race of this year’s Met Cross Country League series.

The under-11 girls’ scoring team of Holly Hudson, Abigail Reid, Molly Sheerin and Rosemary Kelly helped the ‘A’ team remain top of their division with success in Welwyn Garden City.

There was also success for the under-13 boys’ squad of race winner Jimmy Geller, Nathan Wright, Luca Gormley and Evan Johnson, who all finished in the top 10.

Zahara Malcolm, Kezia Beeton, Larna Morgan and Miya Maeda combined to help the under-13 girls’ team win their category.

The junior boys’ squad of Joe Geller, Kai Boggon, Thomas Adolphus amd Vikesh Weerakkody also triumphed in their division.

The women’s senior team also had a fair amount of success, led by Kat Gunderson, who came home 25th after clocking a time of 23 minutes and 44 seconds.

Two seconds back was Suzanne Turvey, who seems to be rediscovering her off-road form.

Rachel Lund was next home in 55th, clocking 25.26, with Zoe Watson 68th in a time of 26.01.

Georgia Warren enjoyed a strong debut for Woodford Green, coming home in 26.44 to finish 84th. Jenny Thomas (28.13) in 127th and Alex Wardle (32.13) in 201st also finished the race for Woodford Green.

The scorers combined to see Woodford finish seventh overall, with the club 165 points behind leaders Heathside and still have some work to do to avoid relegation.

The senior men, meanwhile, were led by a fine effort from Edward Shepherd, who finished in 23.54 to place second overall.

Second-claim runner Thomas Frith was next home in 15th in 24.37, while Canaan Solomon (25.32) and Ahmed Abdulle 
(25.53) both finished inside the top 50.

Bertie Powell (26.14), Tom Phillips (26.15), Darren Southcott (26.2) and Daniel Steel were also in action for Woodford Green at the event.

Other club members to finish inside the top 100 were Ryan McKinlay (26.26), Tom Beedell (26.45), Simon Veedell (27.09) and Harold Wyber (27.29).

Overall, the ‘A’ team earned enough points to place second in Division One, with the club second in overall standings.

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