September Handicap 2019

September Handicap 2019

With the Mayor’s fun run the next day and the juniors off at the North West London League a lower the normal turnout. However, some great performance across the field. 

Slight alterations to the course due to the Pineapple being dug up for some works, but all good practise for the cross country

Fastest on the day was Edward Fenning in 19:06, closely followed by Andy Betton (19:31) and our first lady Kat Alpe (20:03). 

The most improved where Jennifer Mullarkey with a 12.717% improvement, then Annie McAnulty (9,711%), followed by Phil Cooper (5.022%).

MWL 2019 – Race 2 – Royston – 13/06/2019

MWL 2019 – Race 2 – Royston – 13/06/2019

Men’s Team Report

On Thursday we had the second instalment of the Midweek League series, but headed over to Royston with a semi-depleted team due to ongoing injuries and mixed availability in comparison with the first race at St Albans.

Our 12 scorers on the day were Dougal, Carl, Scott, Jim, Adam Walker, Ed Fenning, Steve Moss, Tarkan Husseyin, Will Douglas, Mick O’Sullivan, Jon Willis and Andy Roper

With 5 of our scorers from the first fixture missing on top of various injuries, it was always going to be a tall order so with a bit of damage limitation we finished 5th on the day in the Senior Men’s and 3rd in the Vets. Luckily we were bailed out a bit by the women romping to victory in both the Senior and Vets side of things, to leave us still in the hunt, just about.

In the overall standings after 2 races we are 3rd in the Senior and Vets, as well as being 3rd in the overall Seniors combined with the women, and 1st in the Vets combined.

Women’s Team Report

Having made a great start to the midweek campaign the Ladies Team were determined to show that we are key contenders for the league title. Undeterred by the weather or the distance to the race, the team arrived ready to do battle. 

Whilst the rain held off during the race, the temperature at the start line made it seem closer to a Jan XC than a June 10km. After a busy and very tight first km the field spaced out and we were treated to a fast if somewhat ‘undulating’ 10km. The course obviously suited our runners as we had 5 ladies in the top ten and 4 under 40 mins. A fantastic 2nd place for Emily J, followed by Jen in 4th place on her first midweek race for the team and Alex (5th). However it wasn’t just at the front of the race that TP showed our strength with most of our runners making an improvement on times compared to St Albans – most impressive being Kellie Cuthill who was over 5 minutes quicker! Most importantly we topped the table in both the Senior and Vets team and are in first place overall. 

Now we are ahead of St Albans we need to make sure we have as many ladies as possible at Orion to keep us at the top of the table!!

Special thanks this week to Scott for carrying on past the finish line to collect Jen’s number and pass it to her as she came into the finish!

Results are below and the photo can be found here.

Track Mile 2019

Track Mile 2019

Thanks to everybody that attended the track mile on Friday evening. I thought it was a thoroughly good event and a massive thanks to all the runners, supporters and officials.

The respective winners on the day were:
Ellie Edwards – Junior female
Alessio Ferrari – Junior male
Emily Jeanes – Senior female
Raul Simmons-Perez – Senior male

I’m also delighted to confirm that the Senior female track mile club record was broken by Emily, topping 4.18: from the previous year and clocking 4.15:

Special thanks to James Joy, Roland, Francis, Mike Prior, Jason Dodd and Paul Hart for your assistance on the sidelines.


Photos and results can be found at the links below

Aquathlon 2019

Aquathlon 2019

Thanks for everyone who came to the Aquathlon yesterday. We had perfect weather thankfully and a good turnout. We had a couple of teething problems with the new run course, which we will sort out for next year – but everything else went smoothly. Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped me manage this pretty complex undertaking. I’d appreciate any feedback on the race, so that we can look to make it even better in the future. Email me at

Results can be found using the links below as well as the photos from the event.

February 2019 Handicap Results

The first time we combined the Senior and junior events to run on the same day and the weather played its part giving ideal conditions for fast times.

A few changes for both the seniors and juniors causing some confusion for both but it all worked out wonderfully in the end even if it did look like organised chaos. In total, we had 109 finishers, 72 seniors, 25 Young Athletes (over 11) and 12 Juniors (under 11). 

First Junior (under 11) home was Max Gilzean in 9:56, closely followed by Alfie Downs in 9:59 then Bethan O’Shea in 10:05. Statistically surprising this order was reversed for the handicap results with Bethan first improving by 11.936%, the Alfie with a 7.562% and the Max with -1.188%.

For the Young Athletes (over 11) it was David Sleeman first across the line in 12:39, then Benjamin Woolf in 13:15 and Ronan Ozdural 13:45. For the Handicap Sophie Moran with a 10.25% improvement, then David Sleeman, 7.88% followed by William Grimsdell with a 4.282% improvement. 

Mixed in with the juniors, the seniors started to come through. Charlie Bruce the first senior home, skillfully weaving around the juniors to finish in 18:00, with Scott Aiken in 18:10, and Chris Adams in 19:14. First lady home was Emily Clarke is 21:01 (so close to breaking 21 minutes).  Handicap results where Dean Anderson with an 18.1% improvement, Katherine Atkinson with an 11.089% improvement and breaking 30 minutes for the first time in 29:16, then Paul Nevin with a 7.053% improvement.

Link to results are below.