Cross Country Catch Up And Round Up

The last few weeks have seen cross country races on the last 3 Saturdays involving runners from the club.

First one on 20th November was the London Youth Games cross country. This took place at the famous cross-country venue of Parliament Hill and Hampstead Heath. There was a good turnout of Bexley youngsters representing the borough of Bexley. They were a mixture of runners from our club, some of the neighbouring clubs Cambridge Harriers and Dartford Harriers and some recommended from their schools. The course was tough as usual but at least it was fairly dry and the distances were a little less than the Kent League. First race was the U15 girls, Bexley had two runners Sophie Ansell and Kaia Greener they finished 157 and 155. Next was the U15 boys and we had 6 runners in this race, Luke Bridges who came 86th, Thomas Savakar 154, Aryanan Sahota 164, Luke Hammond 178, Freddie Todd 179 and Andrei Anghel 180 they were 26th team out of the London Boroughs. U13 girls Charlie Furlong 75th, Anagha Pai 108 and Aimee Price 115 they were 21st team. U13 boys Charlie Foley 125th, Alexander Stanchev 202 and George Ansell 204. Both the U17 girls and boys scored better in the team event, the U17 girls with Mollie Bishop finishing 32nd, Sophie Moore 66th, Maya Broughton 77 and Laurel Broughton 86 were 17th team. In the boys Miles Brierley came 32nd, Gervace Card 59, Luke Harry 66, Theo Treadwell 104 and Oliver Doherty 106 and they were 13th team.

The following week 27th November was the next Kent League fixture at Foot’s Cray Meadows. It was a cold day and our new tent looked good sheltered amongst the trees. We didn’t have too many runners in the younger age groups but we did score a team in the U17 girls. We also had a very good turnout in the Senior Men’s race where we had 14 finishers. There was no Senior Women’s race at this fixture. Ted Higgins ran very well in the men’s race he ran strongly and finished 8th, there was also a good run from Joe O’Hara to finish in the top 20.

Full results;

U13 girls; Aimee Price, our consistent U13 performer this season she finished 34th.
U15 girls; Kaia Greener 47th, Sophie Ansell 48th. Sophie has run in all of the cross country’s so far this season.
U15 boys; Michael Akinje 47th, he arrived much earlier this time so had plenty of time to put his spikes on.
U17 girls; Chi Chi Rae Garland 20th, Lauren Broughton 32 and Maya Broughton 34, they finished 5th team overall in this match and 5th in the league overall after all of the fixtures.

Senior men; Ted Higgins 8th, Joe O’Hara 19th, Simon Wells 72, Martin Jenner 93, Andrei Stone 97, Jon Fish 100, Matthew Crane 112, Jon Hunter 144, Paul Dallison 163, Jim Faulkner 194, Chris Gosden 206, Steve Walters was next finisher but unfortunately didn’t count as he wasn’t wearing the correct club vest, Kevin Winch 212nd. Team finished 5th in the ‘4 to score’ team event and 7th in the ’12 to score’.

The third cross country to report on was the Kent Vet’s on 4th December; the weather was good at Dartford and the course was a good one for spectators as the runners came past the main field frequently.
First race was the 50-59 Men’s race we had two runners in this Jon Hunter who has been running very consistently this season finished 45th and Chris Gosden came 80th. Next race was the women’s race and over 60 men. We had 8 women running in this race and Kevin as an over 60. In the women’s 35-44 age category Beata Kubala Todd was our first finisher in 20th place, next was Sally Searle in 25th, Angela Duffy Smart 29th, Gill Stewart 37th, Corinne Crane 43rd and Christina Fleetwood 45th they were 8th team. Geraldine Legon was 21st in the over 55’s and Kevin 38th in the over 60’s. The final race of the day was the Men’s 40-49 age category. We had Simon Wells and Martin Smith in this and both ran well finishing 23rd and 39th.

Thanks to Kevin for all the organising behind these events also to Jon Armstrong who helped at the London Youth Games.

Bit of a break in cross country for a few weeks, then there is the Cambridge Harriers Joydens Wood race on 28th December and then the Kent Champs cross country at Brands Hatch on 8th January.

Richard Long