So in addition to 28 Under 11 athletes there were a further 33 young athletes striving to all play a part in our attempt to retain the Howard Williams Trophy.
With our energetic and talented Under 11s winning their two trophies, boys and girls, on a fine day at Trent Park with the sun shining for once, although the ground underfoot certainly provided a challenge and a true endurance test.
Photos (Alex Wardle)
Jay Russell sums up the day - a third successive Howard Williams Trophy for our Young Athletes
So Shaftesbury were just two points down with four races to go at Trent Park. We all knew it would be a very tight race for the title and some of the results were outside of our control. We were aware that, if Shaftesbury made up ground on Harrow in the Under 13 Girls race, that could reduce the difference to a single point. That challenge went in our rivals' favour. In the Junior Women’s race we had to shake off Highgate overall, and although the North London outfit bested us in this category on the day we retained our 5th spot. So it came down to the Junior Men. Lose to London Heathside on the day then Shaftesbury would gain that final point. Also we had to ensure Hillingdon did not beat us by more 35 points. Unfortunately we were without the services of Kieran Allgood (school trip) and Joel Doye and Sam Sloan (both injured). Once that race got going it was obvious to the team manager that Heathside were not at full strength either, and although Hillingdon beat us on the day it was only by a few points. We then knew the trophy was ours by a single point and shortly after that the results confirmed it.