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Georgina Taylor followed by      South of England XC              A very sporting act carried out
Joanna Clowes                    Championships, Brighton          instinctively emphasising what
                                 January 24th                     a great sport we are involved
many scalps handing over         The U20 men’s race was a         in and Will Ruiz having travel
to Richard Webb in 22nd.         tough affair but saw Will        down from University had
Richard, having interrupted a    Fuller finish a strong 26th      a solid run in 55th and Tom
holiday to race, continued the   despite having only recently     Desborough finished with
scalping crossing the line in a  recovered from a lay off due to  great pace in 59th.
very creditable 14th place.      illness. Will Fuller showed his  Sam Leighton was our lone
Showing we have strength in      true class the previous week     representative in the U20
depth Thomas Desborough          at the Kent Schools (his first   women and did well finishing
ran the first leg of our         race back after illness) having  38th.
incomplete B team running        raced a hard senior boys race
nearly 20 seconds quicker        and pulled himself back to       National XC Championships
than last year.                  fourth. This qualified Will for  Parliament Hill
                                 an automatic selection spot for  21st of February
Kent XC Championships            the English school champs in     And so to the finale for the
Hythe January 3rd                Blackburn in March. Much to      season. Sam Leighton was
Going into the new year the      Will’s surprise he presented     again our sole representative
U20 women continued our          with a Kent Schools bronze       in the U20 women race and
medal haul winning team          medal. Apparently the boy in     crossed the line in 82nd.
silver with Kate Curran          fourth had not been registered   We hadn’t had a scoring
placing 4th, Anna Myers          by his school and so was         quartet of U20 for many
7th, Sam Leighton 8th and        running as a guest. Without      years so it was great to see
Shauna Paice making her BB       hesitation Will handed the       four Blackheath vests on the
championship debut in 9th.       bronze to the boy who had        start of the U20 men’s 10k
Thomas Desborough, just          come third, as he didn’t feel    race. Will Fuller has had a
back from a hip injury was our   he had won the medal, having     couple of bouts of illness so
only representative in the U20   crossed the line in fourth.      great to see him back racing
men after other withdrawals                                       again and he should be very
due to illness and injury,       Mary Guy                         pleased with his 26th finish.
didn’t enjoy his day much as                                      Richard Webb had a strong
he had to pull out when his                                       race in 74th as did Will Ruiz
hip problem flared up again.                                      making the top 100 in 89th.
Hopefully a little rest and                                       Most pleasing for me was
we will soon see Tom flying                                       seeing ever present Thomas
around the country again.                                         Desborough finally be part
                                                                  of a full scoring team and his
                                                                  fine 124th was good enough
                                                                  to secure a great 6th in the
                                                                  team competition. After
                                                                  a frustrating winter hit by
                                                                  injury Tom was able at last to
                                                                  make his mark.

                                                                                      Paul Austridge
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