Sur­rey stars light up na­tional champs

Surrey Herald/News - - SPORT -

A HOST of Sur­rey ath­letes made a great im­pact at the South of Eng­land In­ter County Cross-Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in Ox­ford. As part of a hugely im­pres­sive squad, lo­cal boys Joshua Fore­man (Sale­sian School) and Joshua Genco-Russo (St John the Bap­tist) gained gold team medals in the U13 boys event. Fore­man was 13th and Josh Genco-Russo 20th, the third and fourth scor­ers in a su­perb boys team who were well ahead of a strong Buck­ing­hamshire out­fit. In fact, three of the four scor­ers are all mem­bers of the strong­est cross coun­try club in the UK, Alder­shot Farn­ham & Dis­trict (AFD). In the U15 boys race, Ol­lie Per­ci­val (Ry­dens) was the first Sur­rey run­ner home in 15th place, with the team just miss­ing out on team medals in fourth place. He was joined in the U15 team by Heath­side pupil, Mar­cus Shantry, in 38th place. Another medal was to follow in the U15 girls event, with Eu­ge­nie Cockle (Full­brook) in fifth place, the sec­ond Sur­rey run­ner home in the gold medal win­ning team. Evie Hig­ton (SJB) just missed out on a gold team medal, her 34th place mean­ing she was the fifth Sur­rey run­ner home, headed by two of her club­mates from AFD. The team’s coach, Trevor Raggett, the North West Sur­rey schools team man­ager, is now busy pre­par­ing them for their next big race, the Sur­rey County AA Cham­pi­onships in Croy­don next month.

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