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brush over the fact that there       treacherous. The junior races  Sarah Belaon vs. the mud
wasn’t much competition on           saw a number of youngsters
that day...You’ve got to be in it    tripping over, with a couple   for representing the club.
to win it!                           of nasty tumbles. The senior   The team wouldn’t be
So we finished the season            races were delayed as the      anything without its ‘crew’.
on a high. Second overall on         organisers took the decision   We would like to thank all the
the 3-to-score, just one point       to change the route to avoid   B&B marshalls, spectators,
behind the winner. A special         any more accidents. This       team managers, coaches and
mention this year should go          made for a safer but rather    other volunteers – there are
to Sarah Belaon who took             uninspiring race, going round  too many of you to name, but
part in every single race and        several times a flat muddy     you have made our season
consistently scored for the          field. Congratulations to the  much more enjoyable.
team.                                only two B&B ladies that       Finally, calling all B&B senior
Kent Championship, South of          took part – Lisa May (20th)    ladies – we hope that as
England Championship and             and Jenny Neal (25th)          many of you as possible will
National Championship                                               join us next season. Those
The Kent Cross Country               South of England               races are open to runners
Championship was held once           Championship                   of all abilities. Every athlete
again at Hythe this year, on         Now this was a different       matters. The rain and the
3rd January – an ideal time          story – glorious weather and   mud are nothing compared
of the year to start our new         bright sunshine, we even got   with the sense of achievement
year’s resolutions and try to        the sun cream out. Stamner     you get afterwards!
burn off those extra mince           Park in Brighton offered us    To finish on a positive and
pies. The weather had been           a beautiful yet challenging    happy note this season – we
pretty grim building up              course, deceptively hilly.     saw the arrival of not just
to the race and the course           The standard of competition    one, but two, cross country
was extremely muddy and              was fairly high with over      babies! Huge congratulations
slippery; the downhill part of       350 ladies taking part. The    to Elaine Rayner who gave
the course was particularly          atmosphere was buzzing         birth to little Sebastian, and
                                     and overall it was a good      Jennie Butler who added little
Of course, it rained... it is cross  day out for our 4 runners–     Edie to her family. We look
country season!                      Carole Penlington (64th),      forward to seeing both new
                                     Sarah Belaon (113th), Jenny    mums back in the field next
                                     Neal (155th) and Catherine     season.
                                     Messent (268th).
                                                                                     Carole Penlington
                                     National Championship
                                     The final race of the
                                     season was the National
                                     Championship. Despite the
                                     race being held in London
                                     this year (Parliament Hill),
                                     only two B&B senior women
                                     were able to participate. A
                                     big thank you to Catherine
                                     Messent and Angela Powell
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