HILLINGDON AC made a solid start to the five-race Metropolitan Cross-country League series following the opening event at Claybury in Essex.
Stephen Crosbie won a sprint finish to take first place in the U13 boys section, helping the A team into second spot with James Hailstone, Callum Gibbons and Dominic Speight, while H Saunders and J Gradwell saw the B team finish 10th of 13 teams.
K Newbery led the way with ninth place as the the club grabbed third and 10th in the U13 girls age group.
The U17 men came in second and 11th out of 22 thanks to Carl Yates, James Laing, M Fayers and T Grant, who all finished in the top 10, while the U17 women were sixth and 14th out of 15, led home by 18th-placed G Wilcox.
Emma Grant produced an impressive display to finish second in the women's standings, just four seconds behind the winner although the team was without several regulars and could only manage 15th out of 29.
Jemma Weekes was the club's sole representative in the veteran women's category.
The men's senior team had to settle for seventh out of 15 despite a fine run by Martin Bateman who was 26th and good strength in depth was shown by the B team finishing sixth out of 18 in their division.
The veterans again performed well to finish third out of 30, Steve Hirons and Simon Claridge leading the way with 12th and 13th places respectively.
A week earlier Hillingdon's senior men finished 28th out of 74 in the prestigious South of England Road Relay Championships in Aldershot.
Each of the six-man team ran 5km legs with Bateman (19mins 49secs), Jonathan Castro (20.54), Paul Cuddihy (19.27), Richard Mann (19.40), Anupam Das (20.31) and Richard Thompson (20.47) flying the flag for Hillingdon. The club's best-placed veterans team came home 19th in the over-40 age group thanks to Hirons (22.51), Richard Jenkin (22.18), Claridge (22.45) and Steve Wicks (23.00), while a second team crossed the line in 28th, represented by Andy Miles (21.56), Stefan Dokic (23.19), Dave Martin (25.09) and John Bignell (25.52).
In the over-60 category Dave Smith (24.04), Kevin Waterman (24.06), Nick Seaman (24.51) and Alan Butler (27.38) led Hillingdon to 38th out of 53.
A mixed vets team consisting of 50-plus and 60-plus runners Brian Leach (24.01), Tony Shaw (28.28), Mick Miller (27.53) and Brian Feldman (29.46), finished 45th.
The U13 boys were 20th out of 30 thanks to Crosbie (10.36), who recorded the fourth fastest time of the day, Hailstone (11.52), Harrison Saunders (13.05) and Speight (12.39), while the U15 team of Matt Fayers (9.43), the sixth quickest on the day, Tommie Drury (10.32), Joe Carton (10.49) and James Castro (11.38) was 17th out of 37.
Laing (13.08), Yates (13.00), Gavin Barclay (13.57) and Mark Speight (13.43) helped the U17s to 20th out of 35.
MARK Edwards continued his run of podium finishes with a bronze medal in the Marlow Rowers Triathlon.
The Hillingdon Triathlete swapped swimming for a rowing leg and moved through the field on the final two legs to finish in 1hr 26mins 57secs.
The club produced two age group winners in the Bedford Triathlon after Steve Gardner recorded his first victory of the season in his age group in 1.20.03 while Colette O'Neil took her age group title in 1.15.08, third overall in the women's section. John Levison was the club's first finisher, 28th in 1.14.20. TEXT: Three members took part in the recent olympic distance multi-terrain triathlon at camberley where edwards came fifth, roger fowkes 13th and richard nash 29th in a good quality field.steve hyett was ninth in the 1500m swim, 10km run aquathlon held at the same venue.