The Southern’s – feeling more like the artic – from your frozen reporter
It was a bitterly cold day, and a good job we took our tent. But yet again our youngsters done as proud, though disappointing to see how few seniors braved the very tough course. Well worth mentioning that U15 & U17 boy’s teams were the 2nd Kent club home & the U13 boys the third.
The under 15 boys was the first race off, and as a team they finished a very fine 18th this is despite sadly Nick Armstrong having to pull out early on. Billy Somogyi was the star and finished 29th the highest place of any Bexley runner today, but with Andre Stone,105th, Joseph O’Hara 131st and Luke Francis 194th this still gave us a very good team result of 18th.
The under 13 girls was next, Victoria Blincoe 198th, Harley Wooler 225th & Eleanor Winch 237th battled around this challenging course. It was a shame we could not get one more lady to give us a team result.
Under 13 boys followed, Lewis Cailes was 125th, Harry Jarvis 140th & Mitchell Horne 158th and Luc Legon 179th (Short of time Luke had to run up the hill and down to get his number – which he then had to carry all the way round) despite this hiccup the lads finished as a team 30th. Showing good promise for next year
Under 15 girls next, Katie Hyde and Marie Eremionkhale, Katie had a good run in 188th, Maria setting a good example finishing in 209th.
Under 17 boys next, again these lads are improving and putting in some very solid results. Lewis Elsey 66th another great run, backed up by Adam Willis 89th, Tom Wright 113th, Charlie Winch 147th and Joe Gunton 171st gave us our best team result of 13th. Next year all this team will still be available in this age group with Nick & Billy joining to what looks like a very formable team.
Under 17 Girls – Beth Armstrong (our Kent Champion) had a great start leading at one point up the little old parliament hill. But unfortunately somewhere out in the far muddy fields injury forced her retirement, we all felt for her as we waited near the finish, she will be back.
Under 20 men, Tommy Taylor, come back from illness continued with a very creditable 85th, now getting some competitive miles under his belt.
Senior ladies, it was a great shame only Geraldine Legon flew the flag for us Today (where are you ladies?) anyway well done on completing a very tough course
I wasn’t alone in thinking what have the senior men ever done to the SEAA. 15km over what is now a very cut up course is somewhat hard. Again sadly not many (and I know you are out there) took the challenge. We had only had 7 runners, Jon Armstrong carried the flag with 272nd was followed by Paul Smyth 339th, Peter Griffiths 434th, Jon Hunter 665th, Richard Long 760th, Kevin Winch 790th, and then a complete Nutter Phil Mathieson in 827th who was doing the tough guy the next day– WHAT Mad! Mad!
So well done to all, great team result for the juniors, next is the Kent league on the 12th Feb. Important especially for the youngsters as they are very well placed team wise.