On Saturday 30th January, despite a depleted turnout, 12 athletes aged 11-14 travelled to Hampstead Heath and Parliament Hill to the Southern Cross-Country Championships.
Due to the strange order of events, the under 15 boys set off and made a fine start to the day with Joseph Owen bringing home a hugely deserved bronze medal for all his hard work and effort since the track season 7 months ago. Since then, Joe has brought home amazing results, most noticeably winning the Middlesex School Championships against athletes a year older (this was also done only 2 days before the Southern Championships) and we hope he can continue to produce results for the rest of the season. Well done Joe, we’re all extremely proud of you. But moving on, Joseph Clark produced possibly his best performance of the season to glide home in 81st, with Jay Shotter 44 seconds behind in 140th. William Jones ran strongly for 207th, although he was disappointed with his performance, Saul Ashon was not far behind in 237th and Cameron Campbell was 259th. The team achieved a great placing of 17th, beating their Essex League rivals Southend AC in 20th.

The next race to set off was the under 13 girls, and they showed strongly with 4 runners turning out: Becci Leddy leading the team home in 140th, Rosie Shaw not far behind in 149th, Iris Brandon 3rd runner home in 235th and Alex Dawson 245th, to achieve an overall team placing of 31st.

The under 13 boys ran well despite not quite having a full team – Daniel Bryant sprinting home 54th with Luca Minns only 11 seconds back in 73rd and Henry Jones by no means far behind in 160th.

The final junior race that Orion fielded runners was the under 15 girls where Aoibheann Pearce ran very well for 90th and Annalie Cole was 176th.

On the whole, it was a good day with some great performances that we look forward to bettering next year.

Saul Ashon