Our home cross country at Danson Park

We were the hosts for the latest Kent League cross country fixture.

Thanks to those that helped set out the course and to those who marshalled when the races were on, also to Paul Hills who designed an interesting course which was difficult to do now that the senior women are doing 8km, and to Tony Garrett who organised the marshals and to Kevin Winch our cross-country team manager.

There was no senior men’s race for this meeting.

We started with the U13 girls and we had two runners Aimee Price who finished 29th and Mia Whitwell who was 47th.

We didn’t have any finishers in the U13 boys. Two runners in the U15 girls Kaia Greener and Sophie Ansell who finished 42nd and 43rd.

Four runners in the U15 boys. Michael Akinje arrived on the course just before the start of the race, his race number was quickly pinned on but no time to put his spikes on. He finished 42nd, Thomas Savaker was our leading runner in 38th place. Fredy Todd who ran round in football boots finished 43rd and Andrei Anghel 44th. They were 8th team.

Next race was the U17 women, Chi Chi Rai Garland ran a strong race to finish 7th, Laurel and Maya Broughton finished 29th and 31st. Unfortunately, Mollie Bishop was unable to finish. They were 5th team in this race.
In the U17 men’s race Gervace Card ran a steady race and came 24th, Matthew Crane ran in the same race in the U20 age group finishing 17th.

The final race of the afternoon was the senior women’s race. Bexley had 10 women on the start line for this race. Our first runner was Alice Burnhope who despite thinking she was about to finish at the end of the 2nd lap but had another lap to do, hung on to finish 18th. Next was Beata Kubala Todd who looked like she was running strongly in 75th position. Angela Duffy Smart wasn’t far behind in 81st position then Kirsty McEwan 89th. Gill Stewart doing her first cross country looked good in 104th place. Sally Searle was next in 108th. Corinne Crane also running in her first country of the season finished 119. Another cross-country debutant Christina Fleetwood came in 127th. Hannah Buss and Geraldine Legon completed the Bexley 10 in 136th and 138th places. In the 3 to score team Bexley finished 12th and in the 6 to score team we came 10th.

So, some good runs and a good afternoon of cross country running.

Next Kent League race is a week on Saturday at Foots Cray meadows organised by Cambridge Harriers. No senior women in this match. This weekend coming is the London Youth games and Bexley have teams in the U13, U15 and U17 boys and girls.

Richard Long