Holland Sports only had 5 athletes competing in the Surrey Indoor Championships at Carshalton on 17/18th Feb but these athletes had some strong performances winning 10 county medals and breaking 3 club records.

Saturday started well with James Vancliff winning Gold in the U20M High Jump and Mark Andrews winning the Silver in the SM High Jump. Aaron Houlton was up next in the U15B 60m, he ran a fine race to qualify for the semi final and then had another solid race in the semi-final running 7.98s and 7.99s in the two rounds. It was then Maddy Nunan's turn to step up in the Long Jump where she jumped an impressive 5.18m to set a new Indoor Club Record and win the Bronze medal. James Vancliff was also competing in the U20M long jump finishing 4th with an Indoor Club Record of 5.22m.

An early start on Sunday morning for Mark Andrews who won Gold in the SM Shot with a solid series of throws and a best of 9.37m, only a few centimetres short of his own indoor club record. James Vancliff was then competing in the U20M 60m, whilst his start wasn't his best he still finished strong in 7.54s (exactly the same time as he had run in his last four 60m races!). Sunday afternoon saw Hannah Griffin and Maddy Nunan competing head-to-head for the U17W Triple Jump title, a great competition finished with Hannah winning the Gold in a new Club Record in 10.71m and Maddy taking the Silver in a very creditable 10.64m. Immediately after the Triple Jump, Hannah won another Gold in the U17W Pole Vault straight with a season's best jump of 2.60m. Mark Andrews was next up in the SM Triple Jump, competing with a bad knee injury, Mark was a long way off his best but still won the Silver medal with a jump of 12.30m. Overlapping with the Triple Jump Mark also won the Silver medal in the SM 60mH. A messy race still saw Mark setting a PB with 9.67s. Finishing the weekend off, James Vancliff also won a Silver medal in the U20M 60mH.


On Sunday in the Downs X Country League on Epsom Downs Holland Sports U11 Boys Team cemented their position as top team with a clean sweep of first 4 places and had 6 in the top 8. Leading the team home was Joseph Hunt in 10m 20, closely followed by brother Jacob in 10m 23, with Luke Danby 3rd in 10m 42 and Oscar Prebble 4th in 11m 04. Lewis Jessup was 6th in 11m 12 and Daniel Asli a year down 8th in 11m 24. They were ably backed by Joe Waldon 17th in 12.00, George Spilsbury 21st in 12m 05 and Eloise Ashmore 29th in 12m 26.

In the U13's Nick Jones led the team home in 12th in 12m 51, with Ben Carpenter 15th in 12m 57, Noah Laird 17th in 13m 07, Alasdair Evans 33rd in 14m 36, Jamie Hobday 35th in 14m 55, Callum Hills 38th in 15.00 and Charlotte Hosp 48th in 17m 21 In the U15's Dillon Quirici had a fine run finishing 5th in 11m 37 and Euan Ashmore 22nd in 14m 40.


Holland Sports AC senior men's team had a great result comfortably winning the last Surrey Cross-Country League Div 4 fixture at Lloyd Park on Saturday. Unfortunately Holland just missed out on promotion finishing in 3rd place overall. Holland Sports were led home by Harry Lawson in 3rd place (12th place overall if you also count Div 3) despite suffering with a cold, and he deservedly won the U20 title. Neil Danby, Vet 50, won this title finishing 4th in 31m 34. Steve Bishop Vet 45, won the Vet 40 title finishing 5th in 32m 10. Zhan Su had a great race in 6th in 32m 13, ably backed by Sean McCabery 9th in 32m 47, Alasdair Kite 17th in 34m 19, Aziouz Lammali another Vet 50, 24th in 34m 44, Richard Knight 51st in 37m 12 and final scorer Howard Crane 56th in 37m 40. Pete Gibson was 80th in 41m 05, John Holmes 109th in 46m 22 and Richard Timmis 111th in 48m 36.

In the juniors' race (U13, U15 and U17 Combined), held at Wimbledon Common, Dillon Quirici, U15, was Holland's first athlete home in 22nd in 16m dead. Lucas Foreman was 37th (6th U13) in 16m 52, with a great run from Archie Walters in 44th (9th U13) in 17m 11, Harry Young 58th (16th U13) in 17m 35, Ben Carpenter 69th (22nd U13) in 18m 24, Noah Laird 72nd (23rd U13) in 18m 37, Callum Hills 85th (33rd U13) in 21m 08, Alasdair Evans 86th (34th U13) in 21m 29, and Oscar Powney who bravely ran on after a bad fall 88th (36th U13). Holland Sports U13 team finished 2nd team on the day and also overall.

In the women's race in Richmond Park, Maggie Berry (Statham) had a good race, particularly strong in the second lap of the 5 mile race, finishing 80th in 41m 03, with Sarah Heal 107th in 42m 41.

In the U15/U17 race there was a welcome return by Maisie Gibbins from long term injury and she did exceptionally well to finish 36th in 20m 46. In the U13 race Poppy Wells had a great run finishing 14th in 13m 08, closely followed by Millie Henson 15th in 13m 10.


On 20th Jan in the U17 London Games at Lee Valley Maddy Nunan and Bea Maynard competed in their first competition of the season. Both Maddy and Bea did reasonably well for the start of the season. Whilst there were no PBs there were two indoor club records - Maddy in the Triple Jump with a jump of 10.10m and Bea in the 300m with 45.34s. Bea also ran 9.88s in the 60mH in the second round and Maddy ran 9.70s in the 60mH and jumped 5.01m in the long jump.


In the Surrey League Juniors' race on Saturday on Farthing Downs in the U13, U15 and U17 combined race Archie Walters led the U13 team home to 4th place in a fine 63rd position (13th U13 Boy). Archie was ably backed up by Miles Brown 70th in 18m 15, Nick Jones 79th in 19.00, Sam Street 93rd in 19m 59, Thomas Erskine 100th in 20m 31, Noah Laird 104th in 20m 21, Alasdair Evans 106th in 22m 35, Calum Hills 107th in 22m 32, Sam Heath 108th in 22m 42 and Ben Lane 109th in 22m 43. Dillon Quirici U15 was 30th overall in 16m 51.

On the same day in the Surrey League Div 2 Senior Women's Race over 5 miles on Wimbledon Common in a field of 249 runners, Maggie Berry was 86th and 1st Vet 60 in 43m 36. Sarah Heal on her debut did well to finish 103rd in 44m 22 ably backed up by Grace Smith 124th in 45m 30. In the U13 race both our girls ran well. Poppy Wells 28th in 11m 54 and Phoebe Musgrove 54th in 13m 31.


In the Surrey Cross Country Championships on a bitterly cold windy day at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking, the stand out performance for Holland Sports was Harry Lawson finishing 4th in the U20 race, just 3 seconds outside a medal in 22m 17. This was Harry's best run of the season and has resulted in him being selected for Surrey in the Inter Counties Race on 10th March.

In the U13 Girls Millie Henson led the Holland Sports team home in a fine 24th place in 12m 36. Poppy Wells, birthday girl, despite having been unwell over Xmas did well to finish 48th in 13m 28. Eloise Ashmore with 2 years left in this age group was a superb 53rd in 13m 41. Issy Ford was the 4th scorer in 87th in 15m 31. The team finished 7th. Other performances were Charlotte Hosp 89th in 16.00 and Lotte McLennan on her debut 91st in 16.15.

In the U13 Boys Harry Young had a great race finishing 34th in 11m 46, followed by Sam Street 49th in 12m 05, Noah Laird 51st in 12m 06 and Ben Carpenter 71st in 12m 32 who was the final scorer. The team finished 12th. Other performances were Nick Jones 86th in 13m 01 and Callum Hills 101st in 14m 30.

In the U15 Boys Dillon Quirici had a return to form with 49th in 16m 30 and Euan Ashmore was 70th in 20m 06.

In the U17 race on his debut for Holland Sports Louis McLeod finished an excellent 34th in 24m 24 with Henry ("Harry") Fisher 38th in 24m 48.


At the Holly Run at Reigate Priory Park on Sunday Holland Sports AC's athletes did well against top class opposition. In the U11s Holland had a clean sweep of the medals therefore winning the team competition. Joseph Hunt won in 6m 34, Jacob Hunt came 2nd in 6m 37 and Oscar Prebble moved through in the later stages for an amazing 3rd place to finish in 6m 45. Lewis Jessup had another strong performance 8th in 7m 05, followed by Joe Waldon 19th in 7m 23, Jamie Walters 27th in 7m 39, Arthur Peachey 32nd in 7m 50 and Oliver Marro 69th in 8m 57.

Other medal winners were Miles Brown who seized 2nd place in the last 100 metres of the U13 race in 11m 16 and the team of Miles, Archie Walters 8th in 12m 03 and Harry Young 13th in 12m 27 winning the silver team medals. Ben Carpenter was 20th in 13m 04 and Callum Hills 29th in 14m 06.

In the U11 Girls Eloise Ashmore ran well to finish 7th in 7m 26. Our Year 4 girls giving away two years ran amazingly with Ellie Street a brilliant 19th in 8m 25 and Elise Tagg 39th in 9m 42. Honey Chalmers was 37th in 9m 27. Issy Day in her first race for Holland did well to finish 10m 05 with sister Evie 65th in 11 mins. In the U13 Girls Millie Henson finished 15th in 13m 08 with Charlotte Hosp 34th in 15m 57.


In the Surrey Men's League Cross-Country fixture at Roundshaw Downs on Saturday 2nd December Holland Sports just managed to field a team of 10 after a few dropouts through injury.

Leading the team home with his best run of the season was Harry Lawson in 6th place in Div 4 (11th if included Div 3 runners) in a time of 27m 17. Steve Bishop was 9th (24th) in 27m 57, followed by Neil Danby 10th (28th) in 28m 20. Sean McCabery had a fine run in 12th (46) in 28m 58, followed by Alasdair Kyte 19th (64) in 29m 43, with a welcome return of Jeremy Carter 23rd (76) in 30m 21, followed by Andy Irons 67th (173) in 33m 33, Pete Gibson 85th (219) in 36m 18, John Holmes 100th (239) in 37m 24 and last but not least Richard Timmis 116th (252) in 40m 59.

The team finished in an excellent 4th position and are 3rd overall in the league.


In the 2nd Downs League fixture on Sunday 3rd December despite having a weakened team through injury Holland Sports U11 Boys Team still won! Amazingly all the boys improved their times from the last fixture.

Joseph Hunt was pipped literally on the line finishing in the same time as the winner in 10m 12 secs. Jacob Hunt was 3rd in 10m 24. Lewis Jessop had a great run beating his previous time by 34 secs finishing 10th Boy (11th overall including the girls) in 11.11. Oscar Prebble had a superb run in 11th (12) in 11.14. Joseph Waldon was 13th (16) in 11.25, with Harrison Hayman 27th (30) in 11. 47, Devon Mooney 30th (34) in 11.58, Jamie Walters 34th (41) in 12.10, George Spilsbury 36th (45) in 12.19, Harvey Baines 51st (76) in 14.11 and Ben Musgrove 54th (82) in 15.11 In the U11 Girls Eloise Ashmore was 13th (53) in 12.38.

Unfortunately the hare ran the U11 course instead of the U13 course so you cannot compare previous times. Ben Carpenter had an excellent run leading the team home in 15th (20) in 11m 25, followed by Nick Jones 25th (41) in 12.05 and Callum Hills 28th (49) in 12.15. The team finished 8th. In the U13's Poppy Wells again had a strong race finishing 13th (36) in 11m 58, followed by Charlotte Hosp 36th (71) in 14.44 and Phoebe Musgrove 37th (72) in 15.14. The team finished 7th.

In the U15's Dillon Quirici finished a superb 6th in 11.24, with Rory Summerton 15th (18) in 12m 11 and Euan Ashmore 19TH (29) in 13.16. The team finished 4th, and they were all faster than last time.

HSAC men's XC team

The men's cross-country team at Epsom Downs, 11 November 2017

A great performance from the 14-strong Holland Sports AC's men's team on Saturday on Epsom Downs in the Surrey League Div 3 and Div 4 fixture. I have shown overall finish and in brackets where they came in our Div 4.

Neil Danby had another great run finishing 10th overall (3rd) in 28m 54 and easily the fastest 50 year old. Harry Lawson gave absolutely everything and was rewarded with a brilliant 17th (6th) place in 29m 27. Steve Bishop was 27th (8th) in 29m 59, followed by a fine 56th (12th) by Sean McCabery in 31m 04. Aziouz Lammali Vet 50 still in great shape after his 3hr 17 min marathon in Venice on October 22nd finished 106th (31st) in 32m 46, with Richard Knight also V50 167th (55th) in 34m 27, followed by the welcome return from a long injury layoff by Andy Irons V50 204th (73rd) in 35m 44. Howard Crane in his first race for Holland was 209th (76th) in 35m 57, followed by Rob Jupp 224th (81st) in 36m 32 with Philip Clarkson our 10th and final scorer in 245th (93rd) in 37m 20. Pete Gibson was next in 302nd (118th) in 41m 33, with John Holmes V65 304th (119th) in 40m 29, Pete Gibbons V60 319th (125th) in 41m 33 and Richard Timmis 337th (134th) in 43m 43.


On a muddy course at Nonsuch Park on Saturday Holland Sports' U13 Girls did well beating some top clubs like SLH to finish 8th out of 28 teams. Leading the team home on the 1.8 mile course was Millie Henson in 17th place in 12 minutes dead, closely followed by Poppy Wells, 22nd in 12.19. On her debut in the League having just turned 11 Eloise Ashmore had a fine run in 46th in 13m 06. Olivia Calvo in 66th in 14m 08 made up the scoring team. Phoebe Musgrove was 72nd in 14m 22, with Izzy Ford 76th in 14m 34 and Mia Calvo bravely finishing in 82nd in 15m 09 having twisted her ankle.

In the Senior Ladies' 3.6 mile race in a huge field of 570 runners Maggie Berry (Statham) V60, coming back from injury and not 100% fit, did well to finish 283rd overall (81st in Div 2), with the three debutants Grace Smith 415th (157th) in 32m 06, Lorraine Hewett V60 420th (198th) in 32m 10, and Jo Carpenter V40 476th (198th) in 34m 21.


What a fantastic performance by all the Holland Sports athletes at the 1st X Country Downs League Race at Epsom Downs on Sunday.

In the U11 Boys there was a remarkable performance by the winner Jacob Hunt. Jacob was knocked over at the start but got up and battled his way through for a convincing win in 10m 29. Jacob was ably backed up by Luke Danby 2nd in 10m 46 and Joseph Hunt 3rd in 11m 02s so Holland sports were the runaway winning team. Our B Team of Daniel Asli 5th in 11m 19, Joseph Waldon 10th (11) in 11m 44 and Lewis Jessup 11th (12) in 11.45 were amazingly the 3rd team to finish. The figures in brackets shows where they finished when the girls are included.

Our other U11 athletes performed well, many on their debut.- Devon Mooney 22nd (26) in 12m 11, Jamie Walters 27th (32) in 12m 29, George Spilsbury 30th (35) 12m 32, Arthur Peachey 37th (46) 13m 08, Joe Green 43rd (55) 13m 26, Ben Musgrove 48th (68) 13m 50, Oliver Marro 51st (73) 14m 04, Harvey Baines 53rd (83). There were 96 runners in the race.

Eloise Ashmore disappointingly was our only U11 Girl but she did well to finish 6th Girl (37th overall) in 12m 37.

There was a convincing win in the U13's by Miles Brown in 11m 34. Nick Jones finished 13th (16) in 12m 55 and Ben Carpenter 15th (18) in 13m 00 to make up the A Team which finished 3rd.Thomas Erskine finished strongly in 29th (45) in 14.22, closely followed by Alisdair Evans 30th (47) in 14m 24 and Callum Hills 31st (48) in 14m 25.

The U13 Girls team also finished 3rd and was led home by Millie Henson 6th Girl (27) in 13.15, closely followed by Poppy Wells 8th (31 ) in 13m 23 . Phoebe Musgrove made up the team 31st (60) in 15m 42. Phoebe was followed by Olivia Calvo 32nd (67) in 16.17, Charlotte Hosp 35th (70) in 16m 32 and Izzy Ford 36th (71) in 16m 33.

Our U15 Boys Team finished 5th. Dillon Quirici had a great run finishing 8th (9) in 11m 41, followed by Rory Summerton 18th (21) in 12m 16, Luca Gale 25th (29) in 13m 18 making up the A Team, Euan Ashmore 26th (30) in 13m 23, Adam Green 27th (37) in 13m 59, Jack Rafferty 28th (39) in 14m 07.

What a Great day!


Well done to all who competed today at Bruce Judd cross country relay championship. Unfortunately we did not win some medals but........

In the U13 Boys we had two teams entered. In the A team the athletes were Oscar Powney, who recorded a time of 8:03 minutes, Ben Carpenter (8:59), and Callum Hills (10:18). The team finished 19th out 29 teams with an aggregate time of 27:20.

In the B team the athletes were Thomas Erskine, who recorded a time of 9:39 minutes, followed by Alasdair Evans (10:22), and Jamie Hobday (9:57). The team came 22nd out of 29 teams with an aggregate time of 29:58.

In the U13 Girls' team the athletes were Poppy Wells (9:14), Isabelle Ford (10:02), and Phoebe Musgrove (9:42). The team came 14th out of 28 teams with an aggregate time of 28:58.

In the U15 Boys' team the athletes were Dillon Quirici (7:45), Euan Ashmore (9:27), and Oscar Voller (9:17). The team came 22nd out of 29 teams with an aggregate time of 26:29.


It was a busy day on Saturday with the Junior Boys and Girls competing in the Surrey Cross-Country League in Reigate whilst the Senior Men competed at Wimbledon Common.

In the Under 13 Girls Poppy Wells led the way in 33rd in 14m 42, followed by Izzy Ford in 65th in 16m 38, Phoebe Musgrove 69th in 17m 10 and Jessica Guppy 76th in 17m 50.

In the Boys/Youths U13, U15 and U17 race Miles Brown had a phenomenal run to be 1st Holland athlete home in 44th in 16m 07. Other U13 performances were an excellent 98th position by Archie Walters in 17m 40, ably followed by Nick Jones 110th in 18m 15 and Ben Carpenter 113th in 18m 27, Callum Hills 144th in 20m 51, Thomas Erskine 146th in 21m 14, Alastair Evans 147th in 21m 17 and Jamie Hobday 151st in 23m. The U13 team finished in a superb 2nd place.

Other performances were Matt Domingues (U17) 50th in 16m 18, Dillon Quirici (U15) 53rd in 16m 23, Henry ("Harry") Fisher 63rd in 16m 40, Euan Ashmore (U15) 114th in 18m 35, Tom Duff (U15) 115th in 18m 57, Sam Heath (U15) 135th in 19m 36.

In the Senior Men's Race, which combined Divisions 3 and 4, there were 332 runners. Neil Danby had a fantastic race finishing 5th overall (2nd in Div 4) in a time of 27m 45 and was easily the fastest Vet 50. Steve Bishop had an excellent run in 10th (3rd) in 28m 14. Harry Lawson was the 1st U20 in 38th (9th) in 29m 47, followed by a fine debut run by Alasdair Kite 126th (31st) in 32m 41, with Joshua Knight 183rd (58th) in 34m 50, Rob Jupp on debut 210th (72nd) in 35m 58, Richard Knight 214th (73rd) in 36m 02, Pete Gibson 291st (103rd) in 40m12 and Pete Gibbons 306th (111th) in 41m 42. Despite being a man short, the team finished 6th out of 12s in Division 4.