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24/01/15 - South of England Championships - Stanmer Park, Brighton

Cheers for Saturday was a great day out (great meaning I felt like crap afterwards!!!), was very good performances all around considering it's a beast of a course. Well done to Alex B-L, 4th spot is a great achievement. Alex Gibbins didn't feel great, but retained his form well to finish 86th, Kev May & Gareth Williams stomped up the hills to finish 195th and 203rd apiece.

Danny Brewer came 247th, Dan Kennedy making a great comeback from injury in 290th, Richard Byford continues to improve, finishing in 416th. Chris Tuck came in solidly at 471st, Andy Lawes led the mature guard home in 650th. Ian Taylor finished in 757th and last by no means least Nigel Bulmer in 837st.

Full results here:

The 2015 South of England Cross Country Championships held at Brighton this year saw two of our young athlete age groups win team bronze medals and countless other great performances from the 44 Blackheath and Bromley HAC endurance athletes running.

Despite the glorious sunshine, the temperature was only just above freezing and the very hilly course made for a tough days racing.

The U13 boys had the most athletes running and their large numbers were rewarded by taking the team bronze. Peter Guy had another great run and finished a fabulous 7th place, well backed up by a terrific run from Joseph Georgiadis in 12th.

Keir Lundy moved nicely through the field to finish inside the top 50, in 49th and completing the scoring four was Robert Suckling having a great finish in 56th. A great team performance and well deserved Southern bronze medals. The U13 talent did not stop there as a further 6 boys completed the hard circuit. Finishing well up the field inside the top 100 was Leo Braden in 93rd. The next two to finish are still at primary school (with two more years in the age group) so the runs by Sam Reardon finishing a fabulous 96th and Thomas Penlington in a great 110th, in their very first major Championship race made their efforts even more special. Cameron Swatton continued his consistent season finishing 136th and young Ethan Kitteridge in his first major Championship race did well in 165th. Ben Gardiner had a difficult day and lost a few places when troubled by a bad stitch but still managed to cross the line in 178th.

The U15 girls also won South of England team bronzes and the scoring four were led home by a great run from Yasmin Austridge in 11th, followed by Naomi Kingston 22nd, Millie Smith 24th and Genny Allen in 43rd. Grace Scopes had a strong run in 74th followed by Amy Leach 86th and Carlotta Weitzel in 91st.

Eight U13 girls stood eagerly on the start line before setting off on a gruelling 3k two lap course. First home for BB was Sophie Hoare having a great run in 16th closely followed by recently crowned Middlesex schools XC champ Yasmin Marghini, making her club debut, in a fine 18th.

Jessica Neal and Rosie Allen had a good BB battle and were only one second a part crossing the line 37th & 38th respectively. Morgan Squibb finished in 64th and Lily Tappenden just two seconds behind in 68th. Niamh Milmo had a good run to finish 146th and Zoe Austridge completed the BB showing, in 164th. The team were fourth overall just missing out on medals.

Henry Cowie was first home for the U15 boys in 42nd and Angus Harrington having a great race ended up in 54th. Coleman Corry in 89th and Oscar Hussey in 101st made up the scoring four who were placed 10th team overall. Charlie Andrews at his first major Championship was a good 189th and it was good to see Harrison Parker competing again as he finished 227th.

The U17 girls produced the highest individual placing of the day with a superb, determined run from Niamh Bridson Hubbard in 4th, still on the road back to full race fitness. “Niamh’s best ever cross country performance in 5 years of running” said team manager Andy Frankish. Jess Keene continued her consistently high class season with a solid run to finish a fine 6th place. Great to see Georgina Taylor back competing regularly again as she crossed the line in 32nd. Joanna Clowes in 87th and Mary Guy in 104th giving the U17 girls a 5th team place.

Joss Barber continued his great form to finish inside the top 20 in the U17 boys race (19th). Likewise Marco Arcuri continued his great season with another strong run in 46th. Two further athletes making their major championship debuts were James Crawley (81st) ad Bertie Harrington (138th).

Marco and James pre race rituals can clearly be seen in the race photos from Rod Harrington on our website, but it looks like Bertie could only manage one leg and Joss couldn’t manage either!!

Many thanks to Rod for loads of fantastic photos of all the races.

The U20 mens race was a tough affair but saw Will Fuller finish a strong 26th despite having recently recovered from illness. Will Fuller showed his true class the previous week at the Kent schools (his first race back after illness) having raced a hard senior boys race and pulled himself back to a fine fourth position. This qualified Will for an automatic selection spot for the English schools champs in Blackburn in March. Much to Wills surprise he was presented with a Kent Schools bronze medal. Apparently the boy who came 3rd had not been registered by his school (and therefore ran as a guest) so wasn't eligible to win a medal!. Without hesitation Will handed the bronze medal to the 3rd place boy, as he didn’t feel he had rightly won the medal, having crossed the line in fourth. A very sporting act carried out instinctively. Well done Will.

Will Ruiz having travelled down from University had a solid run in 55th and Tom Desborough finished with great pace in 59th.

Sam Leighton was our lone representative in the U20 women and did well finishing in 38th.

The curse of the falling team manager struck again this week as the boys team manager face planted on a down hill stretch whilst cheering on the team, in front of hundreds of spectators. However, there is a suspicion that Marco may have had a foot in the proceedings!

Rumour on the grape vine has it that there were more tumbles from BB spectators but fortunately the long grass was both spongy and dry making an ideal landing mat.

Once again it was great to see many of the clubs senior members out in force supporting all our athletes on the course. President Dick Griffin was joined by PP Tim Souter, PP John and PP Margaret Baldwin along with ever present VP Dave and VP Hanna Cordell.

Also great to see PP Ken Daniel there supporting so soon after his major op. Don’t ask him about it or he may well show you the photos!!

Paul Austridge


Photos from Rod Harrington

U13Boys medal winners

U15 Girls medal winners


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