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South of England Cross Country Championships 24th January 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Adrian Newman   
Sunday, 25 January 2015 15:06

South of England Cross Country Championships Saturday 24th January 2014

Stanmer Park, Brighton


Just nine Herts Phoenix AC athletes made the journey to Brighton on Saturday to compete in the South of England Cross Country Championships over the testing hilly courses in Stanmer Park. On a bright sunny day with a cold wind blowing across the park the conditions underfoot were quite soft but with very little mud despite the overnight rain. In the penultimate event of the day Lizzy Janes had an excellent race, running very strongly in fourth place for almost the entire race only to be pipped on the line to finish in fifth place overall out of 352 finishers. The under 13 boys combined well running as a team to finish in 9th place out of the 34 teams that completed the race, with Nathanael Zapico 34th, Joe Smith 43rd, Bryce Breen 91st and Brett Rushman, who unfortunately was knocked over in the sprint from the start running in last place over the first 200 metres then gradually working his way through the field of 227 runners to finish in 106th place. George Cook continued his good form to finish 41st out of 157 finishers but admitted that he had found the hills very tough, Florence Stansall-Seiler finished 25th in the under 20 women’s race, Hannah Booth was 99th in the under 17 women’s event and Elliot Breen was 198th in the under 15 boys’ race.


Individual Results


Under 17 Women – 5000 metres

Hannah Booth 99th 21.46

148 finshers


Under 20 Women – 6000 metres

Florence Stansall-Seiler 25th 26.41

50 finishers


Senior Women – 8000 metres

Lizzy Janes 5th 30.50

352 finishers


Under 13 Boys – 3000 metres

Nathanael Zapico 34th 11.08

Joe Smith 43rd 11.13

Bryce Breen 91st 11.39

Brett Rushman 106th 11.45

227 finishers – Team 9th


Under 15 Boys – 4500 metres

Elliot Breen 198th 18.43

233 finishers


Under 17 Men – 6000 metres

George Cook 41st 22.23

157 finishers

Congratulations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Adrian Newman   
Sunday, 25 January 2015 15:04

Congratulations to Charlotte & James, also to Sarah, Colin and Joe Gaynor on the recent arrival of baby, Alfie.

SEAA Indoor Championships Lee Valley January 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Adrian Newman   
Sunday, 25 January 2015 15:02

Herts Phoenix athletes got off to a good start for the 2015 indoor season when they competed at the South of England age group championships.

6 athletes competed at the event held over two weekends at Lee Valley Athletic Centre and 3 of them came away with medals.


Laura Armorgie was competing in her first ever event as an U20 athlete having just moved up from the U17 age group and was rewarded with the gold medal in the high jump competition. She jumped 1.70m.


Alex Hill U23 competed  in the senior women’s 800m. She won the bronze in a time of 2.15.92 having earlier recorded a personal best of 2.15.56 to take second place in her heat.


Jamie Philpott competed in the U17 mens 1500 and won the bronze in a time of 4.25.20. This was the first time he had competed in an indoor competition.


Luke Smith who is also a first year U20 came third in his heat of the 400m in a time of 52.61 to make it to the semi finals where he recorded a time of 53.20


Brother and sister Elliot & Erin Breen both competed in the pole vault event where Erin (U17) came 9th= with a vault of 2.80m and Elliot (U15) came 6th with 2.50m.

Elliot also came 5th in his heat of the 800m in a time of 2.35.82.


Metropolitan League Perivale 10th January 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Adrian Newman   
Sunday, 25 January 2015 14:59

Metropolitan Cross Country League

Match 4 at Horsenden Hill, Perivale, Saturday 10th January 2015


On a cold and very windy afternoon Herts Phoenix athletes performed commendably well despite the wet and muddy conditions underfoot over the fairly demanding courses at Horsenden Hill last Saturday. The under 13 boys, Nathanael Zapico 2nd, Joe Smith 4th, Alex Stapleton 7th and Bryce Breen 9th all ran strongly to take probably an unbeatable lead in their age group going into the final race of the season at Wormwood Scrubs on 7th February. George Cook had  a controlled and tactically mature run to win his second race of the season and Lizzy Janes continued her good form to again come second in the Senior Women’s race as she prepares for the South of England and National Championships in a few weeks time. Jaynie Awcock and Freya Stapleton had a close race with Jaynie having the stronger finish to come in a fine 4th place and Freya in 8th place.



Individual Results


Under 11 Boys and Girls – approx 1500 metres

Andrew McCann 7th 8.58

Megan Reid 33rd

43 finishers

Under 13 Girls – approx 3000 metres

Jaynie Awcock 4th 12.54

Freya Stapleton 8th 13.14

37 finishers

Team 6th – after 4 races 6th

Under 17 Women with Under 15 Girls – approx 4000 metres

Hannah Booth 12th 16.41

Anna Fuller (u15) 15th 16.56

Charlotte Stapleton 18th 17.09

Eleanor Found (u15) 29th 18.28

Georgina Newberry (u15) 42nd 21.32

45 finishers

Team 3rd – after 4 races 6th

Senior Women incl Under 20 and Veteran Women – approx 6000 metres

Lizzy Janes 2nd 22.47

Florence Stansall-Seiler (u20) 33rd 26.10

Elizabeth Parry (u20) 44th 27.04

Isabel Found (u20) 50th 27.22

Elizabeth Doyle 96th 29.55

Jayne Shepherd (V55) 121st  31.45

Sandra Berti (V55) 158th 38.28

164 finishers

Team 1st – after 4 races 1st

Veterans’ Team 5th – after 4 races 3rd

Under 13 Boys – approx 3000 metres

Nathanael Zapico 2nd 11.22,

Joe Smith 4th 11.41,

Alex Stapleton 7th 12.09,

Bryce Breen 9th 12.15

45 finishers

Team 1st – after 4 races 1st

Under 17 men with under 15 Boys – approx 4000 metres

George Cook 1st 12.52

Jamie Ives 30th 14.36

Adam Hughes 39th 15.16

Jacob Fenwick 42nd 15.19

69 finishers

Team 6th – after 4 races 6th

Senior Men incl Under 20 and Veteran Men – approx 9000 metres

Paul Greaves (V50) 147th 37.55

Jonathan Haynes (V55) 195th 39.29

Simon Doyle (V50) 243rd 41.05

Harry Gilham 251st 41.37

Brian James (V65) 289th 43.16

Peter Fitzpatrick (V60) 306th 44.16

Richard Bloom (V65) 334th 46.15

Richard Foskett (V60) 342nd 46.48

Stuart Mann (V70) 346th 47.30

Mervyn Gilham (60) 381st 53.56

John Steed (V75) 383rd 54.58

389 finishers

Team (Division 2) 9th – after 4 races 9th

Veterans’ Team (Division 2) 4th – after 4 races 4th

Herts Cross Country Championships 4th January 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Adrian Newman   
Sunday, 25 January 2015 14:55

Herts Cross Country Championships, Verulamium Park, St Albans, Sunday 4th January 2015


There was a good turnout of Herts Phoenix athletes for the Hertfordshire 2015 County Cross Country Championships which this year were held in the picturesque grounds of Verulamium Park, St Albans. Fortunately the early morning freezing fog had all but disappeared by the start of the first race at 11 am, although it remained very dull and overcast throughout the meeting. However, the cold weather and muddy conditions did not deter the athletes from putting in some pleasing performances over the hilly and twisting courses with several coming away with both individual and team medals.

Lizzy Janes continued her very welcome return to competition by finishing a very comfortable second in the Senior Women’s race, this position was matched by Edward Shepherd, just 10 seconds behind the winning athlete in a very keenly contested Senior Men’s race and he was followed closely by 3rd placed John Eves, who finished more than a minute ahead of the fourth placed finisher. George Cook had an excellent run in the Under 17 Men’s race to win the bronze medal for third place. Joe Smith ran very well to secure second place in the under 13 Boys’ race and led his team mates, Bryce Breen 4th and Alex Stapleton 12th , to win the Gold medal in the team competition. The Under 20 Women also won their team race with Florence Stansall-Seiler in 4th, Lizzy Parry in 6th and Alicia Found in 7th places respectively. Jaynie Awcock 5th, Freya Stapleton  12th and Molly Hodson 15th won bronze medals for third-placed team in the under 13 girls’ race.


Individual Results


Under 11 Girls - approx 1500 metres

Megan Reid 16th 6.50, Charlotte Hobson 25th 7.33, Zarah Bastide 26th 7.34

23 finishers – Team 7th

Under 13 Girls - approx 3000 metres

Jaynie Awcock 5th 11.48, Freya Stapleton 12th 12.11, Molly Hobson 15th 12.52, Erin Smith 24th 14.17

33 finishers – Team 3rd

Under 15 Girls – approx 4500 metres

Eleanor Found 22nd 23.03

Under 17 Women – approx 6000 metres

Charlotte Stapleton 6th 29.03, Hannah Booth 7th 27.40

18 finishers

Under 20 Women – approx 6000 metres

Florence Stansall-Seiler 4th 27.21, Elizabeth Parry 6th 27.33, Alicia Found 7th 27.40

10 finishers – Team 1st

Senior Women – approx 8000 metres

Elizabeth Janes 2nd 29.53, Elizabeth Doyle 39th 39.29

80 finishers

Under 11 Boys - approx 1500 metres

William Hughes 3rd 5.22, Vinny Clarke 12th 6.07, Andrew McCann 17th 6.15, Benjamin Cracknell 21st 6.22, Jamie Roper 25th 6.38, Hayden Baker 30th 7.15

32 finishers “A” Team 4th, “B” Team 7th

Under 13 Boys - approx 3000 metres

Joe Smith 2nd 10.44, Bryce Breen 4th 11.04, Alex Stapleton 12th 11.37, Brett Rushman 14th 11.53, Thomas Hughes 25th 13.10, Joe Snowball 32nd 15.52

33 finishers – “A” Team 1st, “B” Team 7th

Under 15 Boys – approx 4500 metres

Elliot Breen 18th 19.02, Adam Hughes 19th 19.05, Jacob Fenwick 20th 19.09, Angus Clifford 27th 22.50

27 finishers – Team 5th

Under 17 Men – approx 6000 metres

George Cook 3rd 22.51

25 finishers

Senior Men – approx 12000 metres

Edward Shepherd 2nd 39.10, John Eves 3rd 39.26, Peter Fitzpatrick 94th 56.01, Richard Bloom 107th 58.37

133 finishers

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