CROSS COUNTRY: Ealing Southall & Middlesex were in the medals in the North of Thames Cross-Country Championships at Kingsbury on Saturday.
In the last cross-country race before Christmas Karnvir Hayer won the U15 boys title and Dani Raffel the U17 women's title.
Karnvir Hayer was always in control in the U15 boys' race, finishing 50m clear of Hillingdon's Matt Fayers. Mark Cameron continued his comeback with a solid seventh and Christopher Charles was ninth - exactly the same positions as last year. With Ben Waterman in 16th, the team narrowly beat Shaftesbury Barnet to the title.
In the girls' race, Ellis Redmond and Rebecca Johnson were third and fifth.
Next to run were the U17 and U20 men. Sam Ashcroft led the way for the U20 men and was rewarded with a bronze medal. Ben McCallum headed Chris Hepworth as the pair finished seventh and eighth. Martin Shelley was the last to score in 10th place as the team won silver medals.
Myles Vale in 13th was the club's sole U17 runner.
Mel Newbery went with the early pace in the combined women's U17, U20 and seniors race and although she drifted back in the middle of the race, she held on well for seventh overall to win the U20 silver medal.
For U17 Dani Raffel, it was a step into the unknown with her first ever race over six kilometres. She made a fast start but recovered her composure and managed to hang on the second lap to take 21st overall to win the U17 gold.
Veteran Fiona Kennedy, ninth, also picked up a medal, winning silver in the veteran category. Patricia Thomas had a good race to take 17th. Behind her, Gill Morgan and Mary Wilson completed the team in 27th and 31st. The team finished third.
With the men's team normally relying heavily on the U20s, it was a weakened line-up for the senior race. By this stage of the proceedings the heavy rain was having its impact on the finish judges as well as the runners and several of the finishers were not recorded correctly.
Amongst those affected was Richard Tomlinson who finished in the mid-thirties. Rob Brown and Andy Dodd continued their good crosscountry streak to finish 42nd and 44th just two seconds apart.
John Blanchard was next to score in 55th. Mark Delahunty was the last scorer for the team in 64th as they finished seventh in the four to score competition that they won last year.
Veterans Steve Plested and Ian Birch completed the six to score team. They finished 90th and 94th.