Mark Farrier, 21 November 2011 13:01

5th November 2011

Orion Harriers were delighted to host another successful Orion Primary Schools Cross Country Invitation. Eighteen schools were represented with a record number of young people competing;  a hundred and forty boys and a hundred and sixteen girls. The top two boys and girls were Orion’s very own Cory Ugbomah (1st) James Wood (2nd) Emily Sharpe (1st) and Heidi Tanyi (2nd). Greenleaf’s year 4 Rosie Shaw  ran a strong race and took the 3rd position for the girls and Theydon Bois George Johnson took 3rd place for the boys. In the team event, the boys from the Woodford Green Prep school came 1stIvy Chimneys 2nd and for the first time ever we had a draw for third place, the schools were Chase Lane and Theydon Bois. In the girls team event Yardley came 1st with 88 points followed by 2nd place Hazelwood school (competing for the first time) and 3rd place Greenleaf. The Alan Tucker award went to Greenleaf boys and Ivy Chimney girls. Orion volunteers were complimented for their organisation of the race and all schools are looking forward to competing next year. 


19th November 2011

Orion Juniors competed in the 3rd Essex league cross country race at the very demanding Hadleigh country park course. Although there were only a small number of Orion’s competing due to the London Youth Games there were some great performances on the day. First year under 13 Nancy Callagher had another great run and finished in 14th place followed closely by 11 year old Emily Sharpe (26th) making her debut on the Essex circuit. There were only two under 13 boys competing but both boys put in a fine effort. George Day led the way for Orion with a 13th place finish and Joe Clarke finished 17th out of 31 competitors. We had a full team of under 15 girls and Georgia Tuckfield was the first home for Orion in 4th place followed by Sydney Taylor (12th) Heather Marshall (24th) and Olive Findley (28th) who was also competing for the first time in this league. First year under 15 boys Charlie Weston (15th) and Ben Pattison (21st) performed very well over the 4k course. Under 17 Alberic Hall was very pleased with his 18th place followed by first year Jack Waller. Melissa Timpson again opted to compete in the senior ladies race and was the 3rd scorer for the Orion team. It was also lovely to see all our ex juniors perform well in the senior races, Clare Thurgood had a superb run to finish in 5th place and was then informed she was selected for the Essex Squad. Coming back to form Jack Stroud lead the senior men home in 18th place followed by Danny Moses (25th), Ben Hall (29th), Auberon Hall (39th) and ever improving Buddy Green (123rd). The boy’s led Orion to 3rd place in the team event.


19th November 2011

Twenty five Orion Juniors competed for their respective boroughs in the London Youth Games Cross Country Champs at Parliament Hill Fields. This shows what strength and depth that the club has developed over the years by covering two events on the same day. The most outstanding achievement came from Daniel Richards who claimed the bronze medal for the under 13 boys and proudly stood on the podium wearing his Orion vest.  Although first year under 13 Isabella Hoy missed out of the medals she ran well to finish in 7th place. Talya Abbott and Katie Inch  both put in solid performances to finish 16th and 18th respectively.  Under 13 Lucy Dodd (172th), Jake Callis (37th), James Inch (108th), and Sam Lecuyer (118th) all ran well for their respective boroughs. Coming back to form Madeleine Carr was delighted to finish in 27th place and was well supported by Sophie Grant (42nd), Joelle Ewen (47th), Georgina Gouch (109th), and Charlotte Gordon (126th). Cheyenne Antoine-Chagar ran well in the under 15 boys race and finished 32nd and was closely followed by Callum McLarty in 81st place.  George Hart put in a solid performance and was well pleased with his finishing position. Patrick Love (127th) also ran a strong race over the very demanding hilly course. The other four under 15 boys  finished in a nice tight pack with Morgan Letchford (131st), Ben Goodyear (132nd), Ben Maru (133rd), and Matthew Boyce (134th). Under 17 women Armanni Antoine-Chagar and Claire Huggins both put in solid performances to finish 5th and 11th respectively. Coming back to form George Hoy was pleased with his 20th place finish but Alex Chrisostomou was disappointed with his 43rd place having got off to a bad start at the beginning of the race.

Congratulations to everyone who competed over the weekend.

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