Written by SD
Now those 14 hardy souls who were committed enough to administer the freezing 2011 version of our Annual Schools Invitation fixture have thawed out,here's Susanne's Report.
Saturday 29th January 2011 - The force was with Kingston and Poly
Despite the biting cold, for the first time ever more that 160 athletes from Kingston Schools and clubs assembled in Richmond Park to contest the popular Belton XC course. Primary School and year7/8 athletes had 2.5km ahead of them, year 9/10 and older athletes faced an extra loop extending the course to 3.5km. In previous years, our fortunes had been mixed, but this year, Kingston and Poly was in full swing. We won 4 races and took silver in the 5th. Here is how we fared; full results at www.kingstonandpoly.org.
Primary Schools’ races:
Carving 1:41 min off her last year’s time, Mollie O’Sullivan dominated the 2.5km Primary Schools girls’ race. She won in 9:14 min ahead of Darcy Bourne (9.29). Sasha Reed (9:44) was 4th overall and took the bronze medal in the club champs. Not far behind were Sophia Free (10th-10:27), Annabel Hobday (11th-10.28), Mollie Davies (Kestrel’s; 15th-10:50) and Olivia Siviter (19th-10:59). Lauren Hilton came 44th (12:27) and Jessica Raymond 48th (13:22). Harry De Rosa went home too early to learn that with his formidable run to 8th place (9:50), he was the best K&P runner and hence, winner of the club trophy. Sami Allan (11th-10:25) took club silver, followed by Harry Schwarz (12th-10:37). Given that a number of our runners are school year five or even year four, this is an outstanding result!
Year 7/8 races
Nadia Allan out-sprinted the competition and won gold in a record sub-9 min time (8:51). Ellé Butcher, while ahead of Nadia in the Surrey School’s, had this time to settle for 6th place (9:46) overall and club silver. A strongly improved Frances Rennie came 9th (10:10) and took club bronze. In the boy’s race, a back-in-form Joe Lavender took silver in the race and the club gold in 8:50. Patrick Comerford came 6th (9:23) and won club silver. Well done!
Year 9/10 races
Layla Thompson, 4 years after winning the Primary Schools’ race hand in hand with her twin sister May, and back from a successful campaign at the Surrey Schools, smashed last year’s time by 2:31 min to comprehensively win the year 9/10 race. Mae took silver, closely followed by Ella Shaw (4th-14:45), Laura Dunkling (5th-14:46), Laura Cook (6th-15:15) and Bridget Langford (7th-15:40). Novice on the course Olivia Njae came 8th (17:08) and Alex Bartle 9th (18:12). Eagle-eyed TM spotted that the girls were better than previous generations of female runners at the same time of their sportive careers. So we are blessed with a superb team of runners who are able to support each other. And if one of them happens to have a bad day – there is always a team mate to step in and make up for it.
While we don’t quite have the number, we clearly have the quality in the year 9/10 boy’s team. After breaking the year7/8 course record in last year, Phil Bearman proved that moving up to the older age group and longer distance is not a problem - he dominated the field and took race and club gold in 12:43. Joe Malett won the double-silver in 13:55. Matthew Broderick came 10th (14:50) and took club bronze. He was followed by Nick Hart (12th-15:09) and Matthew Stevens (18th-17:04). The year 11/12 champs were won by Nikolaj Schubert (14:25), Adam Curran (14:58) took silver.
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Race times are:
10:45 – U11 = age 8 to current school years 5/6 – 2 km
11:05 – U13 = current school years 7/8 – 2.5 km
11:25 – U15 = current school years 9/10 – 2.5 km
Venue: Epsom Downs Horse Race Course; start and finish are off the car park at the roundabout Tattenham Corner Road/ Old London Road.
Finally, I would like to announce that athletes who will be 11-17 years of age on 17/4/2011 and live or go to school in Kingston are invited to participate in the Kingston Minimarathon Trials on Saturday 26th February 2011, 10-12:00 am, Bushy Park. Runners outside of Kingston can run and have their times recorded. Please register until 18th February online at http://www.kingston.gov.uk/browse/leisure/sports/sports_events.htm or complete the attached form and send it to Sports Events Coordinator, Active Kingston Team, Guildhall 2, KT1 1EU.
Enjoy your running.
Your Young Athletes’ Cross Country team manager Susanne Dietrich (susanne.dietrich @ live.com; 020 8399 7084)
Level1 Coach and Young Athletes' Cross Country Team Manager
Kingston Athletic Club and Polytechnic Harriers
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Surbiton KT5 9HZ
phone 020 83997084
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