A number of our top Cross Country runners were selected to represent Kent at the South of England Inter County Championships at Croydon on Saturday 11th December. Our senior women did both the club and the county proud with Holly Dixon wining gold, Kate Curran taking bronze and Megan Marchant taking 6th place in a quality field. Kent dominated the field overall and easily won the team gold as well.
Holly, Kate and Megan all smiles before the off
Holly and Kate leading the field
Three of our younger members gained selection, all were representing Kent for the first time.
Iris Williams got off to a good start in the under 13 girls race (distance 3000 m's) and was comfortably inside the top 10 for two thirds of the race. Unfortunately she suffered from a stitch in the latter part of the race and dropped back to eventually finish in 25th place out of 119 (time of 13:05) who completed the course. Although disappointed with the outcome this was still a very good performance from Iris and being 2nd Kent finisher things bode well for the Kent Champs in January.
Iris Williams (77)
Joshua Wellings had a great race in the under 13 boys race over 3000m's. With a strong finish he crossed the line in 16th place and more importantly 4th Kent scorer (in a time of 12:03) making him part of the Kent County silver medal winning team. Like Iris, Joshua could be in the hunt for medals come the Kent Cross Country Champs in January.
Amelia Lawrence competed in the under 15 girls race over a longer course of 4000 m's. There was some rough play going on in her race and she found herself being jostled off course during the race. Despite this she did well to complete the race, finishing 80th (out of 105) in a time of 17:13.
Amelia Lawrence (in the royal blue of Kent)
Amelia, Iris & Joshua
This event also hosted the Southern Masters Cross Country Championships in which we had five running in the combined men's race of 10k. Results are show below. The event was moved to Lloyd Park in Croydon at short notice after having been at a place just outside Oxford for the last few years; not only much easier to get to but a really good course, if it comes back here next year then hopefully we will get more turning out.
41. Ben Rew 39:11 (17th M40)
77. Christian Poulton 40:55 (16th M55)
104. Mark Penny 42:41 (32nd M40)
133. Ian Miller 44:24 (24th M50)
214. Clem Dixon 51:35 (30th M60)