Hurricanes cope with the wind and rain to open the 2018 London Youth Games in style
Havering Hurricanes opened the 2018 London Youth Games campaign with a third place finish overall in the cross country at Parliament Hill Fields on Saturday 18 November.
More than 1200 runners from 32 London Boroughs took part in the event held in challenging conditions because of the changeable weather. Havering’s boys and girls teams coped well to finish the day with two team gold medals for the Under 13 girls and the Under 17 boys and an individual bronze medal in the U17s for Yusuf Bizimana with a great sprint finish to complete his last ever London Youth Games cross country race.
The U15 girls got the campaign off to a good start with 10th place overall and the U15 boys following up with a combined 11th place. For the majority of Havering’s U11’s, it was their first experience of London Youth Games Cross Country and the girls and boys achieved 6th and 17th places respectively.
With the U13 boys posting a creditable 7th place and the U17 girls finishing eighth, it was the Hurricanes’ best LYG cross country result in recent years and puts them third in the London Youth Games table.
Hurricanes team manager Michelle Gustavsen, said: “The standard of London's cross country rises every year but Havering's team still improved on last year's results, finishing with two team golds, an individual bronze and third place overall. It's not only a great achievement by the competitors but also their parents, without whose support it wouldn’t be achievable. We are very proud of the way they represent the borough."
The next event is the boys’ cricket qualifiers at Harrow Leisure Centre on the first weekend of February 2018.
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