Written by SD
Susanne's overall report and results of K&P members in this year's County Schools Championships
County Schools’ Cross Country Champs 2013 - round up
The County Schools’ XC Championships follow on from the Borough/ Districts Schools’ Champs and are meant to select the best school age athletes in a county for the English Schools’ Champs. We already had great success at the Middlesex Schools’ Champs, with Harry Reynolds winning the Junior (year 8/9) race and Aaron Bruce coming 16th. This year’s Surrey Schools’, however, were a bit of an anticlimax. The races had to be rescheduled because of the snow, and at the new dates, a number of our athletes well qualified for the race were not able to make it. But those who ran did very well indeed, and I hope that you all will be very proud that you participated in these high profile Championships.
At the Secondary Schools races held on 2nd February, first to run were the school year 7 girls. Pippa Earley (representing North East Surrey) had a fantastic run and took a well deserved silver medal, while new club member Ellie Bibby was much needed for the Kingston team to score. She finished 60th, helping the team to 7th place. In the year 7 boys’ race, Sam Shaw finished just out of the medals in 4th, leading his Central Surrey team to team bronze. Morrison Cleaver (7th), Ben Paton (18th), Gregor Hooke (28th), together with Alex Step (Tiffin School) who had been out with us at the Stoke Park relays (come on Alex, join the club…) helped the Kingston team to team silver – a real strong display by our athletes.
In the Junior (Y8/9) girl’s race, Mollie O'Sullivan finished a superb 8th, Lucie Fletcher 18th, Rebecca Keddie 40th. They were the top runners for Kingston; the Borough team came 7th. In the boys’ race, Josh Hall had a great run and was the top Kingston scorer in 7th place. Toby Deighton, best known these days for his skiing proficiency, came 47th, and the Kingston team finished 5th. Michael Brazil represented Central Surrey and came 42nd.
In the Inter girls’ race (year10/11), Phoebe Law once more showed her great talent and took the individual silver. But of course, she couldn’t push the Kingston team on single handedly, and the team finished 8th. Ellie Arnfield ran for South Surrey; she came 42nd and her team 3rd. In the boys’ race, Phil Bearman (Central Surrey) finally had to succumb to his flu and came home 10th. Being fit, he might have had more power for the finish, but considering the circumstances, he did a great job. Neil Wellard (1st year in this age group and representing Merton) arguably had the strongest run of the season and came 12th.
For the senior category (year12/13), sadly, none of our female runners were available. In the men’s race, Sam Vassall came 23rd and Nikolaj Schubert 39th, helping the Kingston team to 5th place.
The Primary Schools races were held on March 2nd. Yours truly had volunteered to look after the club’s athletes and help with the Kingston School’s teams. These are the results: In the year 4/5 girls race the Holy Cross team consisting of A. Garewell 10th, A. Silvano 13th, O. Parkins-Goodwin 18th, M. Le Huray 24th, I. Dombrowsky 27th, A. Le Huray 31st, E. Heger 36th will be pleased to hear that they came a very fine 2nd. In the boys’ race, K&P runner Olly Wilson (representing Christ Church, Berrylands) with a determined sprint finish secured the individual silver. The Rokeby team with F. Guy 12th, T. Smedley 29th, O. Laidlaw 30th, N. Hussey 32nd, H. Browne 55th, N. Conboy 56th, G. De Groot 58th, F. Farago 59th came 4th. In the year 6th race, a very well executed run by K&P runner Hannah Lester (Grand Avenue, Berrylands) saw her finish in 7th place; N. Ackroyd (St. Agatha’s) came 13th. In the year 6 boys’ race, K&P runner Jorge Beltrao in 6thplace led his school team home, and with the help of O. Lea 27th, D. Ryan 47th, M. Povey 49th, St. Agatha’s finished 4th. Well done to you all!
Where does this lead to? Dates in your diaries:
The top six athletes in the year 6 race and the top 14 athletes in the year 7 race are invited to represent Surrey in the U13 race at the South East Inter County meeting on Saturday March 23rd. The top twenty year 8 runners will represent Surrey in the U14 race at these Championships.
The top eight runners in the Junior, Inter and Senior races will have the great honour to run the most prestigious of all, the English Schools Cross Country Championships at Catton Park, Walton upon Trent, South Derbyshire on 16th March 2013. These Champs will feature Harry Reynolds, Josh Hall and Phoebe Law – have a great day!
And for our school year 4-6, 7/8, 9/10 athletes: let’s all come out for the last Downs League XC match on Sunday 10th March, to, if all goes to plan, take the triple win in all age groups. Let me know that you are coming.
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