Written by DB
The Borough Schools Cross Country Champs returned to Richmond Park after a break of a few years,with the event being jointly promoted by KSAA & K&P. This provided a more testing course,but some fine weather helped ensure the participating schools and their teachers were well represented and the fields were of fair quality & quantity.
From the K&P point of view,there were some notable performances from girls in club membership,but the boys races were a disappointment,with very few currently active athletes competing. It is true,however,that a number of members school in neighbouring boroughs and would contest their championships.
Molly Renfer(Tiffins) comfortably won the opening Year 7 Girls event;sprint hurdler Lucy Jones(Coombe) was a surprise,but welcome, runner-up in the Year 8 race,with Kitty Ayling(Holy X) 10th & Saara Morro(Coombe) 26th;in the Year 9s,Mary Iheke(Holy X) took silver,with Steph Pearce & Linda Randall(both Hollyfield) 6th & 7th,Harriet Lester(Tiffins) 8th,Kelly Randall(Hollyfield) 9th & Rosie Cruickshank(Holy X) 18th;as expected,the Year 10/11 event was dominated by Harriet Owens(Coombe),with a very clear victory over clubmate Issie Penney(Tiffins) in 2nd & Maddy Hardwick(Tolworth) proving in 4th that she can run well if she concentrates.In 9th was Harriet Caruana(Tiffins),12th Heather Offord(Coombe) ,14th was Dani Ayres(Tiffins),15th Anna O'Brien(Tolworth) & 16th Jo-Jo Kelly(Coombe).In the final girls race of the day,the Senior Girls,Sarah Harris(Coombe),mirroring the no-nonsense approach she has adopted over shorter distances on the track, ran away with the title,with Sarah Cruickshank(Holy X) 9th. Sadly,Lana Whatley aggravated an injury and sensibly called it a day.
In the Boys Champs.,it was left to Alex Woolf(Hollyfield) 6th,Jonathan Miller(Tiffins) 10th & Jack Smurthwaite(Richard Challoner) 42nd to fly the K&P flag in the Year 8 race;Bradley Sills(Hollyfield) was 20th in the Year 9s;Michael Atkins 14th & Tom Pavitt 20th (both Southborough) were the Club members in the Year 10/11s ,whilst Matthew Jiggins did well to claim 2nd in the Senior Boys.
As an overview from K&P,there were few surprises;those to the fore of their events should do well representing Kingston in the County Schools in January- and congratulations to them- but a number of those mentioned above are rarely,if ever,seen at training and they probably wont give themselves a fair crack of the whip at the sport if they dont show a little more commitment.
The full results can be seen on the Club Noticeboard at Kingsmeadow and if there are any paid up club members who think they have been missed in this report,please advise!
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