Speedy Samuel storms home to take English Schools’ title with superb run in Sevenoaks

PUBLISHED: 16:30 30 November 2017

The Ilford AC cross-country team at Hockley

The Ilford AC cross-country team at Hockley


After his superb win at the London Youth Games Cross-Country last week, Ilford AC’s Aaron Samuel was even more impressive over the weekend.

Samuel and Matthew Hick were both at the English Schools Cup Final in Sevenoaks with Samuel causing a storm in the under-15s.

He made a promising start and kept with the leaders in the first 2k, before taking the lead with 600 metres to go.

He powered away to record a magnificent win on the day, while Hick was in the under-13 race and despite a bad start, he worked his way into 64th by the end.

While the Ilford pair were battling it out in Kent, four Ilford athletes went to Hockley for the second race of the Essex League.

Freezing conditions greeted the runners on arrival, but it had cleared by the time an Ilford trio toed the line for the under-15 race.

After the first lap, Farris Patel was fifth, with Jak Wright two places back and Bradley Deacon in the top 20, before the test of the hilly long lap.

In the end, Patel finished seventh with Wright in ninth, while Deacon had his best Essex run to come home in 15th.

Jordan Hinds was the Ilford runner in the under-17 girls and she decided to make a slow start, preparing herself for the hills.

And it seemed to pay off as she moved through the field and battled her way home in 15th spot.

Also in Hockley, the ladies finished joint third as they look to return to Division One.

Bree Nordin led them home in 43rd, with Nicola Hopkinson, in 59th. The pair claimed first and second in the V55 age group.

Carlie Qirem was 62nd, with the team being completed by Anna Crawley in only her second race for the club, finishing 86th.

Also in action were Dianne Crisp (88th), Julia Galea (114th), Nicola Chester (117th), Frieda Keane (120th), Sharon Honey (127th), Launa Broadley (129th), Sheila Sinclair (133rd) and Pam Jones, who was the first V80 runner and 135th overall.

For the men, Alex Richards was an impressive sixth, closely followed by Tom Gardner in 12th and Malcolm Muri in 24th.

Steve Philcox was third V50 athlete, while the scoring team was completed by Paul Holloway in 63rd and Sam Rahman in 70th.

Meanwhile, Carlie Qirem was at the Richmond Park half-marathon on Sunday where she conquered the hilly course to clock 1:51.56 to finish 143rd and 37th female.

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