Shepherd leads Woodford Green home as they edge out rivals Newham at Nationals

PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 March 2018

Tom Phillips leads the way for Woodford Green in the National Cross-Country Championships

Tom Phillips leads the way for Woodford Green in the National Cross-Country Championships


Woodford Green had a real battle with great rivals Newham & Essex Beagles at the National Cross-Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields.

The senior men put in a good performance on the tough, hilly course in a huge field, with Ed Shepherd leading the way for Woodford as he finished 21st.

He clocked a useful 41mins 29secs, while Tom Beedell was a couple of minutes behind him as he crossed the line in 121st place.

Angus Holford was 131st in 44.06, with Jashua Entwistle clocking 46.11 to finish 250th.

Not far behind was Darren Southcott whose time of 46.20 was enough for 264th place, while Tom Phillips came 316th in 46.51 to complete the Woodford team.

In the end they finished on the same points as Newham, but pipped them courtesy of Shepherd’s higher position. Woodford were 16th overall with Newham in 17th. Also in action for the men were Simon Beedell was was 346th, with Harold Wyber in 406th, Alistair Holford in 1,985th and Peter Caton back in 2,125th in the field of 2,328.

The Woodford youngsters have had a superb winter and the under-15 boys continued that on Saturday to finish ninth in the country as Rhys Edwards led the way in 81st, clocking 17.01.

Ben Sloan was two seconds behind him in 86th, with Kieran Allgood 111th in 17.18, Sam Sloan 141st in 17.29 and Liam Waldron 278th in 18.37.

The under-13 boys were led by Jimmy Geller who came home in 143rd in 13.11 and he was followed by Evan Johnson in 183rd (13.22) and Jason Brigstock-Williams in 211th (13.33).

Nathan Wright clocked 13.39, with Luca Gormley managing 14.04, Sid Cody 14.11 and Ben Savidge 14.33. That was enough to place them 26th in the country.

There were three senior men in action with Suzanne Turvey in 104th, Rachel Lund in 198th and Alex Wardle finishing in 807th in another big field.

Alicia McArdell ran in the junior women race, finishing 78th in 29.54, while the under-15 girls’ race saw Wren Jackson in a fine 127th with Ellen Savidge in 314th and Hollie McArdell in 446th.

Joseph Geller led the way for the under-17 boys as he came home in 155th in 22.55, with Thomas Adolphus 272nd and Videsh Weerakkey 292nd.

Finally, Miya Meade finished the under-13 girls’ race in 178th in 14.33.

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