An outstanding display by Cookham Running Club’s u13s girls team depleted by half-term absentees was good enough for bronze at the Metropolitan League fixture on Saturday.
In freezing conditions, the Cookham team were led home by the fast improving Kensa Horner, who was 12th.
Not far behind her were Jemima Ridley (17th), Brogan McCafferty (26th), Zoe Allanson (34th) and Emily Roberts (35th). They held off some big London clubs for third place.
The club’s B team was 15th overall.
In the u11s boys race, Cookham finished second, ahead of Thames Valley Harriers, Hillingdon and 20 other teams.
Close packing from Tom Lebeau (16th), Ben Hearsay (22nd), George Carter (29th), Louis Seamons (37th) and Isaac Rincon (39th) saw them onto the second step of the podium.
Siena Brancato, who has finished first in many of her races this winter season, competed following illness and came seventh overall. She led Carys and Grace Allan (20th and 21st respectively), to a fifth-place finish.
Illness also depleted the senior men’s team who finished ninth of the 32 teams at the event. Elliot Lowe (22nd) and Adam Gambrill (23rd) were the best of their finishes. Beth Murray finished in a solid 15th place in the u15s girls race.
*Flo Braybrooke has gained automatic selection for Buckinghamshire Schools after her impressive display at the cross country championships at Magnolia Park in Hughenden Valley last week.
Braybrooke secured sixth place over in the girls u17s race but wasn’t the only Cookham runner to excel.
Jemima Ridley, a pupil at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, finished fifth in the u13s race while Flo’s sister Alba was eighth.
Flo is set to join Cookham clubmate Harry Turner at the English Schools Cross Country event at Norfolk’s County Showground on March 18.
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