The future's bright for Thames Valley Harriers - although the here-and-now couldn't be bleaker after the Shepherd's Bush club got dumped into the senior men's relegation slots of the Metropolitan League on Saturday, writes Paul Warburton.
U13 Jamie Murdoch was running his first race since January,but still came fourth in the 3k event.
His Latymer School teammate Jamie Edwards was 23rd, and there was a decent race for Aneta Jaskulska in the girls U13 category where she came 10th.
But considering it was a home match at Wormwood Scrubs, the senior men had to rely on a number of veterans to scrape up points - which in athletics terms means the over-40s.
First home was Manuel da Silva in 40th, and next home should have been Calum Nicol, but he twisted an ankle on the first of two circuits of the 8k course,and did well to complete the race.
As a result, the next skyblue vest to cross the finish was Andrew Lawrence (54th), with all other TVH males getting three figures next to their name on the results list.
Although the men have been struggling the women's team put in a solid performance for ninth out 29 teams, and once again, they were led home by Lucy da Silva in fifth to cement another big da Silva family effort.
Thames Valley Harriers results only. Men, 8k: 40 M da Silva 30:18mins; 54 A Lawrence 30:44; 104 M Ponting 32:34; 119 P Wetton (M40) 32:57; 149 C Nicol 34:12; 181 R Bell (M40) 35:23; 201 L Benjamin (M50) 35:57; 204 M Wilson (M40) 36:08; 287 S Maddison (M55) 40:21; 295 T Smith (M50) 41:08; 322 M Gray (M40) 44:25 330 finishers, TVH 13th; Overall: 14th (out of 16)
U17, 5k: 53 K Kenrick 17:39; 59 M Wilcockson 19:21; 63 N Toumi 19:30 U13, 3k: 4 J Murdoch 13:10; 23 J Edwards 14:37; 4 B Toumi 19:54 Women, 6k: 5 L da Silva 21:56; 38 A Guille 24:40; 61 T Tory (W40) 25:44; 71 T Barlow 26:14; 75 D Kennedy (W35) 26:29; 136 J Lambert W45) 30:46; 139 L Gray 31:02 154 finishers: TVH 9th; overall: 12th U17, 5k: 31 K Smith 22:46; 33J Thom 23:56 U13, 3k: 10 A Janelska 15:32