It’s Getting Colder

2nd Kent League fixture of the season was at Somerhill school Tonbridge, this is always a well organised event and a true cross country course with plenty of hills. There was certainly a chill in the air.

First off as usual were the U13 girls and again there was another strong run from Chi Chi Rae Garland finishing 7th. Much better run today from Olivia Hale finishing 22nd, she is now getting her fitness back, our other 3 runners finished close together in 49th Laurel Broughton, 50th Heather Beet and 51st Maya Broughton. Bexley were 6th team.

As with the U13 girls we had the same team out in the U13 boys as the first match. Luke Harry was our first runner again in 27th, Kahya Gediz was a bit further behind this time in 49th then Rishab Singhai finding the hills a bit hard in 58th and Ryan Puszyk looking more comfortable in 67th. Bexley were 9th team.

Next were the U15 girls, we had just two runners so didn’t score in the team event. Tisha Singhai got spiked in the race but still finished 34th, Jessie Sargeant having her first cross country run of the season wasn’t too far behind in 41st. Kasey May Smith wasn’t there today as she was away on a school trip to Japan. We had just two runners as well in the U15 boys, Jalen Pope had a superb run finishing 5th, Ewan Beet was our other runner in 60th.

Like the first fixture we didn’t have any runners in the Women’s U17 and U20 race. However we were strong again in the U17 men.

Ted and Jack Higgins had their usual consistent runs finishing 10th and 11th. Matthew Crane had a steady run in 33rd and Ronnie Stowell did well to finish his first cross country of the season in 35th. Bexley were 5th team. In the U20 men unfortunately Mitchell Horne was running well but had problems with his ankle and had to drop out. Regan Thomas wasn’t running as he had been away on holiday.

So to the seniors;

Unfortunately we only had 3 runners in the senior women’s race this time so not enough to score in the team event. Victoria Croucher had another good run making the top 10 again in 9th place. Laura Crane was 54th after doing the parkrun at Danson earlier in the day and Geraldine Legon 135th.

The senior men’s race looked like a stronger field than the first match. Joe O’Hara was our first runner again, he started steadier than in the first match and ran well to finish 29th. Tom Wright having his first cross country race of the season ran round hindered by a stitch but still had a reasonable run and was a few places behind in 36th. There was good back up from some of the road runners Jamie Higgins had a steady run finishing 89th, then Paul Collier in 104th, Jon Fish running his first cross country of the season came 110th, steady run from Dan Dean in 150th, Mark Collier 175, Tony Johnson 185, like Laura had run in the Park run earlier in the day, Jim Faulkner also running his first cross country of the season was 218 then Chris Gosden having a better run in 231 and then Kevin Winch and Kemal Gediz who both gave everyone else a head start after missing the start and were 239 and 240. Bexley were 7th team in the 4 to score team event and it was really good that we just managed to get 12 finishers again to score in the 12 to score team event finishing 8th. So a reasonable afternoon for Bexley.

Next match is November 10th and is our home fixture at Danson, there is no senior men’s race. We have to help organise this event so need plenty of helpers to set the course up and marshal. If any parents, relations, friends or runners (senior men, road runners) not running your help would be most welcome. We will be setting up the course from about 9.00am and first race is at 12 last race at 2pm so should be all over by 2.45.
So Danson next and then Foots Cray on November 24th (no senior women) in between there is the London Youth games on November 17th for the younger age groups.

See you all at Danson.

Richard Long