Written by SD
Susanne's massive turnout report
First of the 2010/11 Downs League XC matches: record turn-out & fantastic result!!!
35 athletes followed the call to represent Kingston and Poly at the first of the four Surrey Young Athletes’ Cross Country league matches held on the Epsom Downs Race Course on Sunday 7th November. This was the best turn-out we had for a long time. Some athletes had never done any XC running before, and their task was to get round the course. Others have moved up an age group and had to get used running against older runners and, when moving up from U11 to U13, the longer distance. Some of course are seasoned runners and meant business. All did very well – 100% mission accomplished!
Our U11 team was lead home in 5th place by Darcy Bourne (1st girl, 12.14 min), closely followed by Mollie O’Sullivan (7th overall/ 3rd girl, 12.19 min – new PB by 1.14 min). Harry De Rosa opened his XC campaign with a great 14th place (13.24 min), chased by Stephen Hart (15th, 13.26 min). The next group of K&P runners finished 21st (Harry Schwarz, 13.49 min), 23rd (Sasha Reed, 8th girl, 13.52 min) and 24th (Kathryn Bartle, 9th girl, 13.53 min – new PB by 2 sec). Sophia Free came in 33rd (14th girl, 14.23 min – new PB by 46 sec), followed by Rebecca Keddie (36th/ 15th girl, 14.34 min), Sophie Dimbleby (43rd/ 20th girl, 15.12 min – new PB by 51 sec), Eleanor Bartle (47th/ 24th girl, 15.23 min), Lauren Hilton 50th (27th girl, 15.30 min), Charlie Jaskeran 53rd (16.30 min) and Lucia Eales (57th/ 30th girl, 16.53 min).
Altogether, 66 runners from 8 clubs or schools contested the course. Our team score is 41 points and we are in 2nd place, 10 points behind Epsom & Ewell, and 14 ahead of Sutton & District. Our best U11 team result since ages!
First scorer for our U13 team was Neil Wellard, finishing 8th in 12:45 min, with Sam Obitz (10th, 13.16 min) and Nadia Allan (13th/ 2nd girl, 13.42 min – new PB by 56 sec) hot on his heels. Unbelievably, Joe Lavender ran the course with a broken toe, finishing 17th (14:05 min). He was followed by Laura Darcey (18th/ 4th girl, 14:15 – new PB by 1.28 min) and Caitlin Dimbleby (22nd/ 6th girl, 14.47 – new PB by 11 sec). We rounded up with Frances Rennie (33rd/ 14th girl, 16.12 min – new PB by 21 sec) and Amber Dummett (36th/ 15th girl, 17.16 min). 37 athletes took part.
We scored 48 points and also in this age group, we are second (of 7 clubs). The gap to the 1st team, Sutton & District, is 21 points, and we are 4 points ahead of Epsom & Ewell. That may sound a bit scary, but there will be three more matches, and with a good turn-out, anything is possible.
The climax of the day was a fantastic win by our U15 team. Phil Bearman brought the team home in 3rd place (11.55 min – new PB by 20 sec), followed by Joe Mallet (4th, 12.24 min – new PB by 16 sec). Bridget Langford, (thrower) Matthew Stevens and Nick Hart battled for 8th, 9th and 10th place, with Bridget pipping the lads in 13.28 min (2nd girl – new PB by 1 min). Yet also the boys recorded new PBs, Matthew by 57 sec and Nick by 10 sec. Laura Dunkling was the 3rd girl in, finishing 12th overall in 13.48 min (new PB by 38 sec). Matt Broderick, coming back from illness, followed suit in 13.55 min. Next were Ella Shaw (14th/ 4th girl, 14.02 min – new PB by 35 sec) and Laura Cook (15th/5th girl, 14.17 min – new PB by 16 sec). Olivia Njae’s fine run saw her finish 18th/6th girl in 15:50 min. Alex Bartle (19th/ 7th girl, 16.23 min) just had the better of Amber Hamdani (20th/ 8th girl, 16.45 min). Finally, Marziar Gregg left the javelins at home today to test whether he has the stamina for a long run. And he has, 22nd place, 19.44 min.
We were so dominant that the “A” team (our first four runners) leads the table with 24 points, Croydon is 2nd with 37 points, our “B team (next four runners) is 3rd with 49 points, Holland Sports 4th with 55 points, Sutton & District 5th with 69 points, our “C” team 6th with 72 points, leaving Epsom & Ewell 7th with 86 points.
A humongous “well done” do all runners; you can be very proud of yourselves! And a big “thank you” to families and friends, and to all the officials who sacrificed their Sunday for this event.
And on 16th November there is the unique chance to legally have a day off school if you represent your school in the Kingston Borough Schools XC Champs in Richmond Park (Note: your school must enter you for this. And for other Boroughs, please check their websites). Next Downs League will be on 5th December.
I hope you enjoyed, and I will see you at the next match.
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