2nd Cross Country in 2 weeks! Match 2 @ Tonbridge

No cross country fixtures for almost 2 years and now 2 in 2 weeks!

Nice weather greeted runners, spectators and officials at Tonbridge at a venue which is probably the pick of the courses currently in the Kent League. Unfortunately we did not have too many runners in the younger age groups this week. We had one runner in the first race the U13 girls, Aimee Price and she finished 32nd. No runners in the next two races but one runner in the U15 boys Finn Connolly and he came 47th.

We did score a team in the U17 girls race with Molly Bishop having a good run in 12th place followed in by the twins Maya and Laurel Broughton 30th and 31st, Laurel running on bravely to finish with a sore foot. They finished 5th in the team event. Unfortunately, Chi Chi who had run very well last week was unable to run today. Gervace Card was our only finisher in the U17 boys race in 29th place.

So to the senior races where we managed to field scoring teams in all the senior team races.

In the women’s race Alice Burnhope and Beth Armstrong started well, unfortunately Alice suffered with a bad back and had to drop out. Beth went on to finish in 31st place. Our next runner was Angela Duffy Smart running strongly in 80th position then Kirsty McEwen in 90th having a better run than last week. Sally Searle found it tougher than last week and finished 99th. Hannah Buss and Geraldine Legon completed the finishing Bexley 6 runners in 120 and 123rd positions. In the team events they finished 12th team in the 3 to score and 9th in the 6 to score.

And so to the Senior men. Ted Higgins who is still just in the U20 age category but is able to run and score in the senior race started close to the leading pack with Joe O’Hara not too far behind. However, Ted hasn’t got too much recent training behind him and dropped back a little but still finished 23rd with Joe not far behind in 27th. Our next runner was Damilore Adwlea in 56th and our 4 to score team was completed by Luke Francis coming in 78th and they were 5th team. Good run from Martin Jenner in 113 position who ran close to Martin Smith for most of the race he finished 116, Jon Fish followed closely behind in 123rd. Next was Matthew Crane in 142nd place, then Jon Hunter 163 and Tony Johnson looking quite tired not helped by running in the Danson park run earlier in the day. He came 199th. Our 12 to score was completed by Chris Gosden in 247th place and team manager Kevin Winch in 255th. In the 12 to score team event we finished 8th.

The next fixture in the Kent League is our home match at Danson Park on 13th November, no senior men for this fixture but will still have all the boys and girls races and Senior women. Be great if we could have a good turn out of club members who are not running helping out on the course. If you’re 16 and over and want to do a 3rd cross country in 3 weeks Cambridge Harriers are hosting their club 5 mile race this Saturday in Joydens Wood and all are welcome to run as well.

Richard Long