Woodford Green storm to another convincing league victory
PUBLISHED: 17:50 17 November 2011
Oli Heeks produced an eye-catching run to help Woodford’s men to top honours
Woodford Green with Essex Ladies’ men’s team delivered another outstanding performance in the second league race of the season at Stevenage on Saturday.
Having won by 57 points at Claybury in race one, this time the margin was a convincing 91 points.
The club had a wonderful turnout of 43 finishers, and the B and C teams continue to be extremely competitive.
There were many good runs and, while Daniel Agustus led Woodford home, there was a particularly eye-catching run from Oli Heeks.
Harun Abdi, Agustus, Heeks and Matt Shone started promisingly in the top 15 with Abdi and Agustus staying with the lead group for the best part of two laps.
However, Agustus narrowly failed to stay with a group of six who got away as the attacks started.
Heeks, with no real cross-country pedigree to speak of, showed the benefit of recent training by not buckling at all and finishing 15th, while Andy Mariani was in good form and he ran strongly to come through the field into 18th.
Stephan Wenk finished one place further back, while Tom Beedell faded after a strong start to finish 24th. Having been selected by his country Slovenia, Tomaz Plibersek took 29th spot, and is preparing for the European Cross Country Championships in December.
After his quick start, Shone dropped back in controlled fashion before finishing in 30th.
Jordan Donnelly finished 33rd, and two seconds behind in 34th was Jon Cook, while Bertie Powell came home in 39th and Angus Holford 46th.
Emily Moss, in her first Met League outing, led the ladies’ team home in 11th spot in 22 minutes and 35 seconds.
Next home was Kat Gundersen in 15th, followed by Bernadine Pritchett in 18th.
Evie Serventi closed in 21st and Rachel Lund came home in 26th spot, while Clauda Conway closed the team with a 50th-place finish.
Woodford were just 25 points adrift of the winners in third spot on the day and only 67 points adrift overall and with three matches still to go it’s all to play for.
Young Woodford runners achieved a rare clean sweep of first-place results with Canaan Solomon, Rosie Poole, Amelia Barrett and James Stockings all winning their respective under-13 boys, under-13 girls, under-15 girls and under-17 men races.
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