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Hugo Hayes (4th) leads u-15 Boys to National team silver

Despite many runners being unavailable or sidelined by illness or injury, we still had individual runners in no fewer than 9 of the 10 races at Parliament Hill, boasting three male teams (u-15, u-17 and Seniors) and one female, the Senior Women. Our u-15 Boys were a magnificent 2nd to make it 3 silvers[img:377l] in a row behind Kent & Southern Champions, Tonbridge, and we achieved our first National team medal since the “near miss” of the golden girls - Diana Jeffery, Henny Freeman, Marika Hayward, Lisa Clayton – who were 4th on countback of 4th scorer in Roundhay Park, Leeds in 1995. Our u-17 Men were our next best team in 21st, with our Senior Women 46th, out-performing our Men who, as 8th Kent club, were 104th overall. Medal contender Beth Carter was sidelined with a heavy cold, only to see the girl she comfortably beat into 2nd at the Regional Championship (Hillingdon) take the National under-17 title with ease. Hugo Hayes was our highest placed individual on the day finishing 4th in the u-15 Boys race dominated by Southern athletes – only 6 northeners in the top 20. Meanwhile, in an illness and injury-riddled u20 Men's section, our lone racer Chris Holmes (76) got the better of Blackheath's Frank Kilama, an English Schools silver medalist at 3,000m. With Hugo and Chris, no fewer than 7 IEK members made the top 100 – Jason Prickett (36th) and Emily Hosker Thornhill 55th at u-17s, plus our medal-wining trio of u-15 Boys - Alex Newson, Kieran Reilly and Jack Balsdon were 36, 44 and 55. For full results click underlined text[url=http://www.englishcrosscountry.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=39&Itemid=48] National XC 2009 - Parliament Hill[/url]