The World Indoor Champs took place over three days in Belgrade and 18 year old schoolboy Sam Reardon was on duty representing the GB mens 4 x 400m relay team running both in the semi-final and final on leg three. In the final which GB made as a non-automatic qualifier, Sam ran the second fastest leg among the British athletes with a 46.94 clocking running brilliantly to hand over to the anchor man in third place, but with the last leg runner (Learmonth) not being a 400m specialist the team faded to 6th place, but still an incredible effort by Sam and his team mates just to make the world final.

The England Schools Cross Country Champs took place the Hop Farm in Kent with many club athletes in action representing various counties. Top performances were by Joseph Scanes in the junior boys race finishing 30th, and in the junior girls race Megan Barlow ran solidly for 32nd with Lydia Witcombe 49th, while in the senior girls race Hannah Martin took 34th place.

Closer to home in West Wickham the Closing 5 took place to officially round off the cross country season. With the slowest runner off first on time handicap, if the handicapper has got it right everybody would finish together although in this race there was a 5 minute variance between first and last.

The handicap was won by Jim Phelan in 28.06 followed in second by Micah Evans in 29.03 and John Turner third in 29.31. The three fastest runners on the day were Evans in 29.03, Blair Wilson in second place with 30.14 and Gareth Evans in third with 33.05. The season long Bennett Cup handicap standings saw Steve Hough win with 183 points, with Darren Corneille second with 153 points closely followed by Steve Pairman with 152 points.

Following this the AGM was held at Beccehamian RFC and the new President David Appleton was introduced along with four new VPS, Roy Dickens, Paul Shaw, Ashley Pearson and Helga Pullin.

Finally there was also the Tri Counties Indoor Champs held at Lea Valley with many club athletes participating, but at the time of writing the full results have not yet been made available and will be included next time.

Nick Brooks