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McGrath leads charge of the royal blue vests as Cookham RC make impressive start to cross country campaign

Cookham’s juniors launched their cross country campaign with a series of impressive team and individual displays.

Nearly 60 of the club’s juniors headed to Horsenden Hill in Ealing for the North West London Cross Country league meet, with no fewer than 11 claiming top 10 finishes.

Leading the charge of royal blue vests was Frank McGrath whose winning margin in the u15s boys race was one of the biggest of the day. Having taken the lead on the second of two laps he never looked in trouble, cruising home more than 10 seconds clear of his closest rival.

With Henry Johnston, 10th, Edwin Isted, 14th and Callum Du Preez, 16th in close pursuit McGrath led the team to second place overall.

In the girls u11s race Olivia Insley out-sprinted her rival from Barnet and District AC to win by a couple of seconds.

Daisy Ackrell (13th), Grace Colley (15th) and Holly Harrison (16th) helped the team finish second behind Highgate.

Cookham went one better in the u13s girls event with Jacqueline Heller finishing second and leading home Annabel Insley (4th), Asmi Saha (7th) and Carys Allan (18th).

The u11s boys team also claimed victory with newcomer Joe Challis heading their challenge in sixth place.

With Archie Charles in 10th, Lucas Dolphin 13th and Luke Rice 14th, they finished nine points clear of hosts Ealing, Southall and Middlesex AC Cara Terry was first home for Cookham in the u15s girls race but was chased hard to the line by Jemima Ridley.

They finished fifth and seventh respectively with Siena Branca to 21st and Erin Huddlestone 40th making up the team which finished third.

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