By Jonny Muir
Herne Hill Harriers' class of 2013 made history on Saturday, claiming a club record haul of medals at the Surrey Cross-Country Championships.
The Tooting-based club won team gold in three of the 10 races at Croydon's Lloyd Park, as well as winning two individual golds and three silvers.
Club secretary Steve Bosley said: 'I suspect it’s the first time for several years we have won three team gold medals and it is our largest medal haul for many years, possibly ever. It is certainly the first time the women have won for many years.'
The gold rush was led by Harriers' U13 girl's team, with Katy Ann McDonald and Saskia Millard clinching a sensational one-two, while strong supporting runs from Hebe Morley-Fletcher (16th) and Tatiana Cooke (19th) secured team gold.
The baton was then passed to Harriers' U15 boys' team who responded by winning the team prize by a huge margin.
After Paul Burgess won individual silver, Billy Black (seventh), Tom Singhgolden (eighth) and Mohamed Ethari (19th) ensured Harriers second team gold of the championships.
Harriers' second individual gold followed soon after, as Lewis Lloyd blew away the competition in the U20 men's field to win by 22 seconds, becoming the first Harrier to achieve the feat.
Lloyd added a silver to his medal collection, as John Tayleur (12th) and Charles Philpott (15th) closed the three-man team.
A third team gold arrived courtesy of the women's senior team - although no Harriers woman finished within the top 10, outstanding packing from Karen Ellison (12th), Suzanne Swaine (18th), Nici Cahusac (19th) and Ceri Diss (21st) meant Harriers won by four points from Thames Hare & Hounds.
The team success ended a 15-year wait to be county champions, having won the event seven times in the 1990s.
The race was also a personal milestone for Diss, coming 23 years after she won the individual race in another team-winning Harriers performance.
Having won the championship in 10 of the previous 11 years, Harriers senior men's team had to settle for bronze this time around.
Tim Elsey led the charge in eighth, with Ben Paviour (13th), Dave Taylor (16th), John Kettle (20th), David Robinson (24th) and Basil Wallace (28th) completing a team that was pipped by Belgrave Harriers and Hercules Wimbledon.
Harriers' other individual medallist was Katie Snowden, who came second in the women's U20 event.
Further performances of note included Oscar Millard's fifth place in an U13 boys' race, in which he was deemed too young to score, and Francesca Reid-Lloyd ran strongly for fourth in the U15 girls' race.
Elsewhere, Mike Cummings was 15th in the Hampshire Cross-Country Championships at Eastleigh.