id1183-RBK Schools CC Champs Richmond Park November 16th 2010 Report & Results

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Susanne's words from a foggy,but very successful,Borough Champs for which K&P again provided logistical support.

Full results are available from your school PE Dept.

Kingston Borough Schools Cross Country Championships Tuesday 16th November-

2 golds, 1 silver, 2 bronzes and 13 K&P athletes qualified for the Surrey Schools.

Funny day that was – the Primary School kids were slightly worried that they would be swallowed by the fog, and the thick soup never lifted the whole day. Yet whoever believed that the 2008 and 2009 turn-out couldn’t possibly be topped was mistaken: despite the conditions, the 2010 RBK XC Champs attracted more schools and athletes than ever before. Even better – our athletes did extremely well and gave ample proof that training is working. 13 athletes are qualified by right for the Surrey Secondary Schools’ Champs at Reigate Priory on 22nd January, and 4 more are reserve.

Pippa Earley (3rd), Sophie Dimbleby (4th), Freya Robinson (8th), Molly Davies (10th), Luna Miller (12th), Florence Hartley-Matthews (23rd), Scarlett Tyrell (25th), Zahra Grandison (35th) and Madeline Povey (37th) represented the Kestrels in a 93 runners strong Primary Schools girls’ race, and Elizabeth Rennie came 31st in the year7 girls’ race (62 runners). The 83 runners strong y8/9 race was clearly dominated by K&P athletes, with Laura Dunkling 2nd, Bridget Langford 3rd, Ella Shaw 5th, Nadia Allan 6th, Laura Cook 7th, Elle Butcher 8th, Caitlin Dimbleby 10th, Naomi Kelly 15th, Lily Hartley-Matthews 37th, Frances Rennie 38th, Amber Hamdani 40th and Jerene Shaw-Captan 53rd. In the y10/11 race, Alice Clemens had a fine run to 7th place with Olivia Njae coming 11th. Helen Davies, Rachel Cook, Dominika Wrobel, Holly Courtney and Cathy Hensman who, sadly, we’ve lost to rowing and hockey came 3rd, 6th, 16th, 19th and 23rd, respectively – maybe they feel inspired to come back to athletics? Finally, Molly Renfer with a storming finish won gold in the Seniors’ race, and Jess Tomlinson came 5th.

Compared to the girls, a number of K&P household names were missing from the boys’ line-up. But Kestrels’ Gregor Hooke (4th), Sammy Woodhouse (17th), Max Baugh (39th), Oliver Chen (40th) and George Robinson (60th) had fine runs in the 145 strong Primary Schools boys’ race, and Rory Vassall ran to 25th place (of 66) in the y7 race. Matt Stevens and Oliver Phelps came 30th and 34th in the combined y8/9 race (75 runners), and in the 38 strong y10/11 race, Patrick Corcoran finished 4th, Tom Rouvray 15th, Nikolaj Schubert 20th, Adam Curran 29th and Matt Stevens (the thrower) 31st. The boy’s class act was once again George Corcoran who comprehensively won the Seniors’ race and, like Molly, was crowned Borough Champion. Keval Patel was 19th.

I hope nobody escaped my radar – unfortunately, not all schools named their runners… Mail me if you have been omitted, and I will amend the report. And if you go to school in another Borough and did the Champs there – let me now and I shall include this.

Second of the U13-U15 (y7/8 and 9/10) Sportshall matches at Guildford Spectrum this Sunday (28th November).

After the roaring success of our Squad at the first match, naturally, TM Gillian Libretto is keen to field strong team for this match, too. Places are still available, and you are welcome even if you are not sure what to expect – just try out an event and enjoy the bustling atmosphere. Please contact Gillian ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for details including transport on the Minibus.

Second Downs XC League match for U11-15 (aged 8 to school year 10) on Sunday 5th December.

I will soon run out of superlatives as we did ever so well at the 1st of the four Surrey Young Athletes’ XC matches on the Epsom Downs race course. Our next match will be on Sunday 5th December, and, even if it’s just to get some long runs under your belt, I would like to welcome you there. The course will be the same as before. With the event being one day before “Sankt Nikolaus Tag”, expect a surprise… Please let me know as soon as possible that you will come (contact details below).

Best wishes

Your Young Athletes’ Cross Country Team Manager Susanne Dietrich

(susanne.dietrich @ live.com; 020 8399 7084)

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