Woodford let Met League slip to Stevenage

PUBLISHED: 13:54 15 November 2012

Jessica Burgess won the girls' under-17 race at the weekend. Pic: Ken Bray

Jessica Burgess won the girls' under-17 race at the weekend. Pic: Ken Bray


But there is still some impressive results from the club’s athletes.

Woodford Green with Essex Ladies men’s team slipped to second place in the cross country league when they were edged out by Highgate Harriers in Saturday’s league match in Stevenage.

The defeat leaves Woodford with 2,181 points, just 41 points off Highgate, who now head the Active Training World London Metropolitan Cross Country League with 2,222 points. Serpentine are third with 1,776.

There was little to separate the two rivals in Saturday’s race which was won by Nelson Hall (Herts Phoenix) who led all the way to win the individual prize, while in the team events Highgate amassed 1,115 points, Woodford 1,020 and Shaftesbury 994.

The first of the 12 Woodford runners to finish was Matt Gunby when fifth and well clear of Martyn Cryer (18th) and Bertie Powell who was returning from a long injury-enforced lay-off to cross the line in 23rd place.

Next was Tom Beedell (34th), Kevin Murphy (36th), James Stockings (40th) and Darren Southcott (46th). They were followed by Daniel Bruynooghe (48th), Harold Wyber (55th), Mat Clarkson (68th) and Louis Clark (79th). Tony Russell (91st) was the 12th scorer.

Woodford were third in the individual competition, with Gunby third, Cryer eighth, Murphy 17th, Powell 18th, Stockings 22nd and Southcott 23rd.

Meanwhile, Woodford’s women’s team slipped to third behind leaders Serpentine and second-placed Shaftesbury in the league, despite a solid team performance at Fairlands Park.

Kat Gunderson provided the highlight of the day for the women when she was the fastest over-35 runner when finishing in 18th place.

Georgia Sales (10th) was the first Woodford runner to finish, one place ahead of Lauren Stewart (11th). Next was Sara Bird (14th), Linda Jackson (23rd) and Bernie Pritchett (45th).

Meanwhile, the younger runners secured a double as Isabella Hoy won the under-13 girls’ race and Jessica Burgess was first in the under-17 race.

Aoife Guyett was seventh and Olivia Housome 12th in the under-13 contest to see them finish third in the team event, while Rosie Poole was fourth, Alicia McArdell seventh and Jodie Ratcliffe 17th for the under-17s, who finished second in their team event.

In the boys’ under-17 contest, Perry Rowan, Canaan Soloman and George Hoy were third, fifth and 17th respectively to leave them in third place.

In the under-13 competition, James Wakefield was seventh and Alfie Poole eighth to see them to fourth place.

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