Ted Higgins wins the U20 league, and great team performances by Bexley AC senior men.

Conditions were tough, heavy going, cold and windy.

Our numbers in the younger age groups weren’t too great. We had two runners in the first race of the day – the U13 girls with Madeline Dunsmore finishing 44th and Heather Beet 46th. Similarly two in the U13 boys with Jake Benett finishing 39th and Mark Onanyga 43rd.

Next were the U15 girls – we had four runners in this race: Jesse Sargeant 31st, Mollie Bishop 37th, Laurel Broughton 41st and Maya Broughton 43rd. They finished 8th team in this match and were 6th team overall in the league after all four fixtures.

In the U15 boys Luke Harry was 25th, Jared Johnson 41st and Jude Lindstrom 43rd. They were 6th team in this fixture and 9th overall in the league after all the fixtures. Our only runner in the U17 women was Kacey May Smith and she came 27th.

So to the U17 boys. Jalen Pople who is gradually getting fitter was 9th and Alfie Green was 24th. Also running in this race were the U20 men and here as mentioned we had the winner Ted Higgins – he is also the winner of the overall league for his age group, so well done Ted – a good start to his cross country season.

Regan Thomas back from Loughborough University for his Christmas holiday was also running in this race and finished 8th.

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No senior women today. Final race of the day was the senior men. Our first runner in this race was Ted’s brother Jack and although still an U20 was able to run in the senior race. He finished in 23rd place closely followed by his training partner Mitchell Horne in 24th. Joe O’Hara was next in 40th and our fourth scorer was Simon Wells in 55th. Next was Damilore Adewale in 59th, then Paul Collier 63rd and 4th over 50, Jamie Higgins running in his first cross country of the season had a steady run in 72nd. Next was Martin Smith in 83rd, then Mark Collier in 154th, Jon Hunter 175, Tan Truong 182, Brian Crane 194, Kevin Winch 200 and Dave Winfield 203. Jon Armstrong started his first cross country of the season but unfortunately was unable to finish. But we did have 14 finishers so scored against the ’12 to score’ team event. Great team results in this race. Bexley AC was the 3rd team in the ‘4 to score’ team race – only Tonbridge and Medway & Maidstone ahead of us, and we were 4th in the 12 to score team event.

Next events coming up, there is the Cambridge Harriers 7½ mile cross country on 28th December and Kent Championships at Brands Hatch on 4th January.

Richard Long