Kingston Athletics Club and Polytechnic Harriers
Surrey Ladies League Cross Country, Match 2 Report – 10th November 2018 Print
Written by Liz Richardson   
Sunday, 18 November 2018 18:26

The second league match took place at Nonsuch Park, Ewell on 10th November 2018.  After a wet start to the day which muddied the course, bright sunny conditions emerged and our ladies enjoyed the earlier start for Division 2  race. The course, though a bit soggy and measuring a little longer than last season at 3.95 miles, remained mostly flat and fast.

Once again only a small team made it to the start line, meaning that it was vital for all 5 team members to finish the race and score as few points as possible in another record field for the league. Our veteran team members gave solid performances, with Liz Richardson leading the team home in 77th place in a time of 30:05.  Nicky Atkins, slightly under the weather with a cold, battled well to 105th place (31:19), with Nicki Murphy chasing hard with a time of 32 minutes 11 for 129th place.  Jo Murphy, continued her comeback, finishing in 34:33 (176th place) and Caroline Jeffcote, in her first race of the winter season, completed the team score in 270th place (41:31). 

Though the team lacks an individual scorer making an impact at the head of the field, the finish positions are representative of a very high quality and strong Division 2 field, that is now larger than the previously combined field for both divisions of the league. The second match of the season attracted a record 543 senior athletes, with 298 competing in the Division 2 race. As one of the smallest teams in the league, Kingston and Poly ladies did well to finish in 20th place out of 24 teams.


 
Surrey Mens CC League, Division 3, Match 2, November 10th 2018 Print
Written by B Hack   
Monday, 12 November 2018 09:03

Surrey Men’s CC League M2 November 10th 2018

Division 3 Epsom Downs

 


On an inclement Downs, the turnout of 13 runners mirrored that of M1 at Roundshaw and our 5 leading exponents repeated their forward placings. However, there was a fair old gap before our remaining 5 scorers hauled us back into contention, and it was, sadly, not enough to enhance our overall position at the halfway stage of this winter’s challenge.

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Surrey Masters Cross Country Championships – 20 th October 2018 Print
Written by Liz Richardson   
Monday, 22 October 2018 17:28

In continued unseasonably warm conditions for cross country racing, a small team of our veteran ladies competed at the Surrey Masters Championships on Saturday 20 th October. The championship is held in Richmond Park over a shorter 3.85 mile 2 lap undulating course. The ladies race is combined with the mens V60 race – this year comprising a field of 138 athletes.

The whole team raced well and finished closely together - with Rachel Brookes first home in 53 rd place (28:07) for the W35 team. Debbie Raymond and Liz Richardson were not far behind after, trading positions a couple of times during the race, with Debbie finishing in 29:15 (for 72 nd place) and Liz in 79 th place with a time of 29:34. Despite all 3 now being in the W40 category and racing against many W35 ladies, the team raced competitively in a very close race and were unlucky to finish in 4 th place in the W35 team race (just outside of the medals!). Nicky Atkins also had a great race in the W50 category to finish in 84 th place overall in a time of 29:58. Well done ladies – this bodes well for the rest of the season!

 
Surrey Mens CC League, Division 3, Match 1, October 13th 2018 Print
Written by A. Hack   
Friday, 26 October 2018 07:36

Surrey Mens CC League, Division 3, Match 1

October 13th 2018 Roundshaw Down

 


Matt Hyett’s squad travelled to the old Croydon Airport site on Roundshaw Down for their first Division 3 match of the winter season in an effort to establish an early challenge for a quick return to Division 2. Divisions 3 and 4 now race together, so there was a large field of over 275 (149 in D3) for the two-lap course, which appeared somewhat innocuous, but 5 Miles is 5 Miles!

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Surrey Ladies League Cross Country, Match 1 Report – 13 th October 2018 Print
Written by Liz Richardson   
Monday, 22 October 2018 17:07

The opening races of the new season took place at Wimbledon Common in warm sunny conditions on 13 th October 2018. Our ladies enjoyed a dry and undulating course over 6.9 kilometres, a little longer than the usual distance for the first race.

Despite some long-term injuries affecting several of the ladies team, it was pleasing to have a squad of 5 on the start line. A close battle between our veteran team members saw Liz Richardson, continuing her return to former fitness, lead the team home in 75 th place (34:08). Following closely behind was Nicky Atkins in 78 th place (34:36). A little further back Nicki Murphy raced well after recovering from breaking her foot a few months ago to finish with a time of 36 minutes 10 for 104 th place.

A close battle between our senior ladies saw another exciting finish - with Jo Murphy, returning to< racing after starting her family, finishing in 38:29 (140 th place) just ahead of Harriet Lester in 38:37 (143 rd place). In a seemingly ever-growing field of 239 Division 2 athletes, the team finished in 16 th place out of 22 teams and look forward to improving their position in the league over the season.

 
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