National XC Championships, Parliament Hill, London (26/02/2022)

At the traditional home of the National XC Championships this years event took place at Parliament Hill Fields in London. The weather was superb from the spectators and participant's view. The tough course was made even tougher by the mud and surface water that lingered and impeded runners as the day unfolded.

It was great to see Tipton Harriers represented in a large number of age groups. In the U17 Women Jade Charlton was 38th; Jessie Walker 171st & Rosa Shadforth-Groucutt 190th. In the U17 Men sole finisher Seth Avery was 245th.

In the U13 Girls Layla Williams was 90th and Mia Fantom 263rd. In the U13 Boys Jake Harding was 245th. We had two in the Junior Women with Holly Graham 105th & Bella Fantom 120th. Tom Bentley was a very creditable 41st in the Junior Men.

U15 Boys were 27th team on the day. Led home by Tom Lucas in 92nd spot with Will Evans (165th); Flay Fellows (240th); Luke Bailey (274th); and Tyler Kendrick (369th) being other members of the squad.

In the Senior ranks the women placed 44th and the men 26th. Amie Williams was first of the female brigade with 109th; Bethany Walker 210th; Kate Williams 532nd; Lisa Kendrick 533rd; Cheryl Graham 544th; Penny Barber 594th; Sharon Bailey 784th & completing the turnout.

In the men's race Martin Williams was 181st; Joe Read 195th; Karl Quiney 321st; Alvin Karangizi 330th; Luke Vine 512nd; Todd Quiney 548th; Tom Acha 730th; Steve Brookes 784th and Krisztian Karasz 1197th. The scoring six gave the team 26th place on the day.

It was good to see some old members of Tipton around the course who had travelled from around the country to the event. Tony Milovsorov, Mike Hager, Kevin Lamb were among those there who have performed at the very highest level for the club at this event over the years along with Ian Williams, Tom Holden Mike Holden & Chris Holloway who were also to be heard cheering the runners on.

Thanks to all the Tipton families, supporters and those who arranged the weekend and shouted encouragment throughout the day.

One nice tradition witnessed during the afternoon was the welcome return of the "harriers humbug" courtesy of Kate Williams. Many years ago a benefactor of the club and President, the late Stuart Eaton began bringing green and white boiled sweets to events rewarding each runner with a gift of one after a race. Well done Kate, nice touch.