More than 30 runners from Croydon Harriers battled through torrential conditions at the Surrey county cross-country championships at Dorking on Saturday.
Stevie Lawrence (U17 women) and David White (senior men) produced the best individual performances of the championships for Croydon finishing fourth and 10th in their respective races.
Lawrence completed the 5.7km course in 24 minutes 44 seconds to finish just 11 seconds shy of the podium.
It does however better her previous best result in this championship, when she was fifth in 2010 in the U13s competition.
Meanwhile in the senior ranks, White also notched his best outing in these championships on his fourth attempt, achieving a top 10 finish in a field of nearly 250.
He completed the demanding 12km course in 44:46 to finish seven places higher than his 2013 efforts at Lloyd Park.
Against the elements: Joshua Haasz ran 24:19 in U17 men's race over 6.1km
He led home a 10-strong Harriers contingent, with David Brown (95th, 52:15), Colin Oxlade (118th, 53:48), Neil Aikman (144th, 55:48) and the ever improving Mark Maginn (145th, 55:50) completing the scoring six.
The team finished 13th out of the 19 teams that closed in.
Non-scoring support came from Rob Rye (200th), Norman Hemming (235th, who completed his 25th Surrey Championship in finishing) and Keith Brown (236th).
In the U17 men’s 6.1km race, Joshua Haasz (21st, 24:19) and Rob Spalding (24th, 24:47) placed well with solid support from Laurence Johnston (32nd, 26:16).
The junior men competed over the same course, with Harvey White in 10th and Alex Penfold in 18th.
The U13 boy’s team of Jordan O’Dongo (49th), Prince Reid (62nd), Caleb Drummond (83rd) and Marcus Stoute (92nd) completed their two-mile challenge to finish 11th overall in team standings.
Race to the end: Prince Reid, left, does battle with Daniel Hodgson of South London Harriers
Saarah Nawaz kept the Croydon flying in the U13 girls’ event finishing 37th in a field of 75.
In the U17 women’s race Atlanta Drummond finished 24th out of 25, and the trio of Sabrina Stoute (68th), Niamh Yehkel (69th) and Beth Matlock (70th) packed well in the U15 girls’ competition.
Seven Harriers lined up in the U15 boys’ 4.2km competition with Omar Harhara (16:40) leading the way in 23rd (three places higher than 2013) and Kieron Connor (16:57, 28th, 15 places higher than last year) in close contention.
Luke Wakeling (47th, 18:10) and Dane Lawrence (51st, 18:40) packed well to ensure the scoring quartet finished eighth overall.
Further support came courtesy of Connor Dargan (54th), Joseph Lucas (56th) and James Drummond (68th).
Leading the way: Harriers' Stevie Lawrence finished fourth in the U17s race