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KCAA Cross Country Championships 9 January 2016

KCAA Cross-Country Championships - Brands Hatch

 

2016 has begun in winning ways for Blackheath and Bromley young athletes as Will Fuller wins his first GB International vest running in Edinburgh and Blackheath youngsters picked up team medals in all age groups.

Brands Hatch was this years venue for the Kent County Cross Country Championships and the weather was more than appropriate with cold rain and blustery winds.

The course, despite being in one field, was long, had hills, long lush grass, mud and was challenging.

The U13 girls typically started the days action in winning ways, comfortable taking the team title and retaining the trophy for another year. Morgan Squibb paced her race well to finish a strong 2nd followed by a determined run from Ellie Dolby in 3rd and an equally determined run from Rosie Allen finishing 5th. Jess Neal, only 3 seconds behind Rosie crossed the line in 6th, followed by a great 11th place for Daniella Harper, Niamh Milmo was 21st, Abigail Leeves 22nd, Emilie Davis 33rd and Olivia Berry completed the squad in 34th.

Rowan Fuss confirmed his dominance of the U13 boys age group with a seemingly easy run that saw him 200m clear of the field and earns him the right to keep the county trophy for another year.

Sam Reardon has been nursing a knee injury of late but was having a great run high up the field, before being struck down with the same aggravating pain that meant he sensibly had to pull out half way through the race. Justin Strover looked strong finishing 10th with Thomas Penlington in 17th and Eddie Sellar in 21st completing the scoring four and picking up team bronze for their efforts. A great effort from Ethan Kitteridge in 23rd and Jake Leng in 27th and Charles Winton in 35th backed the team up well.

Next up were the U15 girls and their performances were good enough to collect team silver. Kelsi Cornish speed off from the gun in a brave determined fashion and she maintained her great pace earning a fantastic individual bronze, Millie Smith ran a strong 6th with Lily Tappenden 13th, Stephanie Taylor 14th, Imogen Meers 17th and Isabelle Bridge 19th.

The best turn out of the day was from the U15 boys sporting eleven athletes. Angus Harrington, recently back from time off with an injury, flew off the line as though fully fit and led for some of the way, finally crossing the line in a very respectable 4th place. Joe Georgiadis ran strong and finished high up in 9th as did Robert Suckling in 19th and Coleman Corry in 21st, securing silver medals in the team competition. Great backing up with strong runs from Charlie Andrews in 25th, Keir Lundy in 27th, George Pope in 31st, Cameron Swatton in 33rd, Ben Gardiner in 39th, Leo Braden in 42nd and the smiling Seb Large in 44th.

The U17 girls retained their county team trophy and won the individual trophy in style as Jess Keene perfectly paced her race to go one better than last year. Holly Page, a Dartford international athlete, had opened up a sizeable lead over the field but Jess didnít panic and ran her own race slowly increasing her pace and closing the gap. A very strong final hill from Jess saw her catch, pass and open up a 15 second gap to take the gold comfortably. The ever improving Amy Leech had a great run finishing a solid 5th with Yasmin Austridge in 7th completing the scoring trio who collected the team trophy. Strong runs saw Genny Allen cross the line in 9th, Lottie Weitzel 10th, Joanna Clowes 12th, Chloe Kibblewhite 20th and Mary Guy 21st.

Marco Arcuri led the U17 boys home having had a great run finishing a fine 7th with Joss Barber just behind in 8th. A well paced race from Lewis Mills in 19th and good to see Charlie Davis back running and finishing 26th and James Crawley completed the quad in 35th. These collective results earned the team a well deserved bronze medal.

Sam Leighton was our only representative in the U20 age group and represented us well finishing 6th in the U20 girls race.

The next club event is the South of England Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill on Saturday 30th January 2016 followed by the National weekend in Nottingham for the National Cross Country Championships at Castle Donnington on 27th February 2016.

Paul

This week managers awards go Kelsi Cornish and Marco Arcuri.

Kelsi wins the girls team managers award for her fantastic, determined run at the Kent cross country Championships and in doing so picked up a great county bronze.

Marco wins the boys team mangers award for his well paced and gutsy run that saw him finish 7th in a very strong Kent field.

Paul

 

Full results here...

 

Photos from Rod Harrington

 

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