Written by SD
Another campaign successfully contested and completed. Well done,all.
Downs league match 4 – The heavens opened and it rained medals
Sunday 4th March was our last Downs Cross Country League match this season, and befitting for the occasion, we had a downpour. Most of our runners had been out already on Saturday for the Kingston Minimarathon trials. And we lacked a few household names due to illness or injury, while Gregor Hooke and Darcy Bourne were running the Nationals for their School. Yet, this was no problem as, surrounded by a big and enthusiastic fan club, we literally beat the odds.
Our U11s won the match with ease and were the absolutely unchallenged winners of the League, fat 153 points ahead of everybody else. In the race Jorge Beltrao came 4th, Finlay Hardwick 5th, Ben Paton 7th, Sasha Reed 10th (1st girl), Freya Gladstone 18 (4th girl), Kathryn Bartle 21st (7th girl), Eleanor Bartle 23rd (9th girl), Blaize Lee-Blackwood 32nd and Hannah Roberts 34th (14th girl). Club mates Sam Shaw (3rd) and Annabel Hobday (19th, 5th girl) ran for their Hinchley Wood School team. In the overall Boy’s rankings (must have done all four races), Sam Shaw won silver and Finlay came 4th, in the girls rankings, Sasha also won silver and Kathryn came 4th.
Harry Reynolds was the undisputed winner of the U13 race. He finished the season in style with a sweet new PB (11:47 min) and he also won the individual boys’ title. Mollie O’Sullivan came home next in 13th place (5th girl), followed by James Hinton 16th, Rebecca Keddie (17th,7th girl), Charlie Townend (19th), George Chaplin (21st), Alex Shaw (23rd, 11th girl), Rhianna Reynolds (25th, 13th girl ) and Holly Beighton (26th, 14th girl ). Mollie and Rebecca worked the miracle of excelling at the Minimarathon trials and running new PBs on the Downs, but James is the most improved athlete, knocking a full minute off his previous time. The team came 3rd.
U15 Phil Bearman then showed the youngsters how it’s been done saddling a new PB (11:08 min) on top of his Minimarathon run to win individual gold. With a new PB of 11:38 min, Neil Wellard came 5th in the race and was overall winner of bronze. Next came Nick Hart (13th), Bridget Langford (14th, 3rd girl), Ella Shaw (16th, 4th girl), Laura Dunkling (17th, 5th girl) and Ellie Arnfield (18th, 8th girl). After four races, there was nothing to separate Bridget and Ella, and both won the overall girls’ bronze. The team came 3rd by 2 points, and was narrowly kept in 3rd place by 11 points.
So a big thank you goes to all our athletes who supported the team and contributed to our success – these were U11 Gregor Hooke, Sam Shaw, Ben Paton, Jorge Beltrao, Finlay Hardwick, Darcy Bourne, Sasha Reed, Sam Allan, Freya Gladstone, Kathryn and Eleanor Bartle, Annabel Hobday, Harry Schwarz, Eleanor McDonnell, Blaize Lee-Blackwood, Hannah Roberts, Aidan Lorde and Guy Francis; U13 Harry and Rhianna Reynolds, Mollie O’Sullivan, James Hinton, Sam Woolhouse, Rebecca Keddie, George Chaplin, Gian Hobbs, Charlie Townend, Cameron Brown, Alex Shaw, Harry De Rosa and Holly Beighton; and U15 Phil Bearman, Neil Wellard, Nick Hart, Elle Butcher, Nadia Allan, Ella Shaw, Bridget Langford, Joe Lavender, Laura Dunkling, Laura Darcey, Oli Phelps, Ellie Arnfield, Josh Pearson, Marcus Lorde, Marlie Carter-Edwards, Daniel Robertson, Frances Rennie and Amelia Beltrao. A big thank you also goes to parents and friends who were a fantastic support this season, to coaches who encouraged the athletes to come out, and last not least to our officials, who make it all happen on the day.
I hope that ending the XC season on a high you are all looking forward to the track and field season with our National Young Athletes League, Lily B (girls) and Ebbisham League (boys) campaign starting on 15th April.
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