Herne Hill Harriers enjoy a golden day on Parliament Hill

Streatham Guardian: Winners: Eloise O'Shaughnessy, Kayak Wilks, Clarissa Nicholls and Alex Brown of Herne Hill Harriers Winners: Eloise O'Shaughnessy, Kayak Wilks, Clarissa Nicholls and Alex Brown of Herne Hill Harriers

Herne Hill Harriers won a team gold and two individual bronze medals at the South of England Cross-Country Championship as Parliament Hill lived up to its fearsome reputation.

Harriers' U13G squad struck gold in wet and muddy conditions with Alex Brown finishing third, while Saskia Millard won a superb bronze in the U15G race.

There were also outstanding individual performances by Ed Olsen (12th in the U17M race) and Karen Ellison (17th senior women).

Brown's outstanding cross-country season continued as she completed the 3km race in 12 minutes 30 seconds - 13 seconds adrift of the winner, City of Portsmouth's Josie Czura.

Eloise O'Shaughnessy (seventh) and Kayak Wilks (13th) were not far behind, with Clarissa Nicholls closing the counting quartet in 17th.

Saskia Millard matched Brown's achievement in the U15G race, finishing a comfortable third in 15:19 in her 4km race.

The U15G squad, however, missed out on a team medal as they ended fourth, despite the best efforts of Kate Brown (28th), Daisy Setyabule (38th) and Zoe Tompkins (39th).

Harriers' U13B were eighth team, with Turkay Korkmaz (18th) and Oscar Millard (23rd) the pick of the scorers.

The U15B finished 11th as Paul Burgess (30th) led the team home.

Although Harriers did not field a full U17M team, Ed Olsen once again impressed in finishing 12th in 21.44 for the 6km course.

With underfoot conditions worsening, Ellison (17th) led the senior women home in 33.51, with Julia Wedmore (97th) also running well over the 8km course.

Sam Whiting (195th) and Jessica Winfield (288th) completed the counting foursome, with Harriers finishing 21st team.

In the final race of the day, the senior men's 15km event, Harriers finished seventh, a frustrating 22 points behind Aldershot, Farnham & District AC in fourth.

Irishman Mark Dooley led the Herne Hill charge in 30th in 54:30, with Alan Barnes second man in 51st. John Kettle (68th), Tim Elsey (83rd), Simon Coombes (97th) and Jonny Muir (194th) made up the six-man counting squad.

 

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