id1049-Downs League M3 Epsom Downs February 21st 2010 Report

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The TM's report.

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Sunday 21st February: Match 3 of the Surrey U11/U13/U15 young athletes’ Downs Cross Country League

As if Saturday’s blue skies had exhausted themselves, the day began with a downpour. Luckily, the rains faded away and, when the 43 U11s assembled for the first race, we were left with a stiff breeze only. Mollie O’Sullivan delivered what possibly was the best race of the season, finishing the 2km course 8th overall (13:33 min - PB improved by almost half a minute!; 4th girl). Nicholas Rilett came 12th (13.46 min), just ahead of Gian Hobbs in 13th place (13.48 min). Kathryn Bartle, delighted that with 9 years she’s now fully eligible to take part, came 16th (14.05 min; 7th girl). Olivia Siviter and Sophia Free had a very respectable debut; Olivia finished 22nd (15.18 min, 11th girl) and Sophia 29th (16.31 min, 15th girl), separated by Nina Gibbins (running for her school Hinchley Wood Primary) in 27th place (new PB in 16.20 min; 13th girl). Mollie, Kathryn, Olivia and Sophia train with the Kestrel club, and their success is testimony to the fantastic training opportunity the club offers to our youngest athletes. The K&P team finished 3rd today, and climbed to 4th overall. This is the best result of the whole season - well done to our U11s!

Next our U13s. Phil Bearman, despite having worked hard the day before, took it upon himself to in run the Downs League as well. Nick Hart and Oliver Deighton, after overnight journeys back from their half term break, also made themselves available. Likewise, Oliver Phelps, still a bit shaky after a flu, came out, and together with Joe Lavender, a recovered Laura Cook, Bridget Langford, Ella Shaw, Frances Rennie and Laura Darcey, we had a strong team of 10 runners. And strong they were. Phil finished the 2,5 km a brilliant 2nd place (12.15 min; fastest time for a K&P runner since I am taking records), Nick came 10th (13.52 min), followed by Joe Lavender 11th (14:02 min). Laura C. was the 4th girl home, finishing 15th (season’s best and equalling her PB in 14:33 min), a whisker ahead of Bridget (16th, 14.39 min, 5th girl) and Ella (17th, 14.48 min, 6th girl). Laura D. followed in 18th place (16:00 min, 7th girl) and Oliver P. in 20th place (16:38 min). On her debut, Frances came 21st (17:00 min, 8th girl), and Ollie D., battling a stitch, 22nd (new PB in 17:31 min). Our team claimed 2nd place, a mere 6 points behind winner Croydon, 2 points ahead of Sutton, 23 ahead of HPS and 25 ahead of Epsom & Ewell. Also the U13s had the best result of the season, and held an overall 3rd place.

Finally our U15s. Again, Nikolaj Schubert, Adam Curran and Jenny Miles did the brave double-take. Nikolaj, in possibly the 2nd best run of the season, finished 2nd overall (13:34 min), followed by Jenny 3rd (new PB in 13:45 min, 1st girl). Matthew Stevens held the competition from Epsom off in a sprint finish (4th place, 14:45 min), followed by Adam (6th, 15:30 min), Alex Bartle (7th overall, 2nd girl, 16:09 min) and Dominika Wrobel (8th overall, 4th girl, 17:27 min). The team secured another comprehensive win with a season’s best score, and is leading the competition by 63 points!

A big thank you to all our athletes, showing sportive excellence as well as great team spirit. Many thanks also to families and parents supporting the club in our quest to develop young athletic talent. And I am sure there is more to come. Kingston’s qualification for the London Minimarathon on 27th February, and the last Downs League match on March 7th.

Susanne Dietrich, young athletes’ XC TM

Lost property: From Saturday - 1 pair of size 9 Kilkenny spikes, which, after we washed some mud off, came out as black; 1 pair of small, mid-blue Chelsea gloves. From Sunday - 1 black sock.

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