Thanks to the IWCP for the above.
Ray Scovell organised the event and it was put on at the same venue and day as the IOW Senior XC Championships organised and run by ryde Harriers.
Many thanks to all those involved in setting up the opportunity for youngsters to have a go at Cross Country running!
A great early season road run form Dan Eckersley saw him finish first and win the Ryde 10 for 2018. The Isle of Wight Athletic Club runner was over 30 seconds ahead of 2nd place Joe Croft from South London Harriers – both posting fast times for the hilly course.
Cloud and drizzle greeted the Hampshire Schools Cross Country athletics team for the 2018 Inter-Counties Championships on Saturday in Newbury. Each one of over 500 runners had qualified form their school, district and county before they made this level – and the races were generally very close with teams from Essex to Berkshire involved. First event was Junior Girls and Mabel Lewis came in 46th, middle of the field and 9th in a strong Hampshire team. Henry McLuckie needed just one slight injection of pace to distance the chasing pack, and cruised to another emphatic victory in the Intermediate Boys event. Henry progresses to the England Schools race in March. Flynn Powell had the worst of the conditions but a great race to finish 51st and 10th for Hampshire in the Senior Boys competition. The three IWAC athletes represented their schools (SBA & CtK), the Isle of Wight and Hampshire superbly.
Four athletes from the Isle of Wight Athletic Club traveled to Brighton (Stanmer Park) with their coach (Paul Simpson) to compete in the South of England Championships. Whilst most of the team were gaining experience and competing for the first time in such a big competition Henry McLuckie ran in the leading pack and challenged for another title. Three older international runners took the medals this time, but Henry pushed right to the line claiming an excellent 4th place (out of 169 finishers). Flynn Powell, Milly Bacon and Mabel Lewis all competed well and the athletes supported each other in what was a great day of sport.
IWCP – 19-01-18
Henry McLuckie took joint top spot in the Hampshire League standings with a great win on the Prospect Park course. Campbell Laird and Justine Bacon also achieved top 10 positions in their categories – and with many other IWAC athletes getting their highest league positions of the year (despite some big Berkshire clubs competing) the winter training is paying off. Well done to all who finished this tough course.
Many thanks to the Isle of Wight County Press for the report and pictures.