id1805-Downs Cross Country League Report

Written by Susanne Dietrich   

Dear runners, families and friends,

Here is the report from the last of this season’s Epsom Downs League Cross Country matches for our athletes ages 8 to school year 10, held Sunday 13 March 2016 on the Epsom Downs horse race course. This race also served as our own, K&P club championships, so I can report on the K&P trophy winners as well. The Downs were unusually sunny and almost warm, conditions for a good run. Unfortunately, we once more missed some of our accomplished runners. Some had raced in the Intercounties the day before, others were ill… But, again, those who came were superb.

Our U11s were bought home by Hannah Choudhury in 12:51, her second fastest time ever, and 22nd place (3rd girl). She is our new K&P Club Champion. I fine run saw Poppy Parry finish in 13:02 and 24th place (4th girl), and she won the club silver medal. It was great to have Jacob Skinner back from injury, he came 26th in 13:04. He was our first boy home, so he is the boys’ Club Champion. Right behind him was Finnian Chang in 13:12 and 27th place. He shaved 36s off his previous PB, and deservedly wins club silver. We closed with Daisy Parry in 14:22 and 36th. She adds the club bronze to her fantastic silver medal from the Surrey Schools’ Primary Schools race the day before. Overall, the team came 4th.

Our U13s were brought home by Jack Dickson in 12:13 and 7th place, his 2nd fastest time on the Downs - congratulations to our U13 boys’ Club Champion. Mack Downey was somewhat unwell, but with a very brave run in 12:56 he held on to 11th place and earned himself club silver. Next was Matteo Leforestier in 13th place. He’s back in shape, running his 2nd fastest time ever (13:01), and winning club bronze. Josh Bellamy and Michael Webb- Bourne then battled it out for the next places. With 13:33, both were awarded the same time, but Josh was a whisker ahead in 16th place, Michael in 17th. Evie Wilkinson had a fantastic debut, finishing 20th (4th girl), and with 14:03, the best time any of our girls had this season, she deservedly won the girls’ U13 club trophy. More blistering finishes were to come, with Freddie Crosby in 14:40 and 24th place pipping Louis Orlovac (14:42, 25th place). Esme Cerilli took 59s off her PB and with 14:45 finished 25th (6th girl) and won girls’ club silver; Sebastian Chang shaved 11s off his PB and finished in 14:47 and 26th place, and we closed with Jojo Mclean who in 31st place and a time of 15:06 was 10th girl on the day; she won club bronze. Our team finished 3rd.

Our U15 saw Sam Shaw back in action, and in 11:26, his second fastest time ever, he finished 2nd on the day and earned himself the U15 boys’ club trophy. Next was Kathryn Bartle in 13:09 and 13th place (5th girl), shaving 13s off her previous PB. Her excellent performance throughout all four matches earner her the individual Downs bronze medal, and she won the U15 girls’ club gold. Annabel Hobday took 3s off her PB, finishing in 13:42 and 15th place (7th girl), and winning club silver. Charlie Jeffrey improved by a full 53s, finishing in 14:12 and 18th place and taking club silver. And Imogen Busa came 21st (10th girl) in 14:50 which earns her club bronze. The team finished 3rd.

Sadly, we will “lose” Sam, Kathryn and Annabel to the U17 age group – they were our stalwarts on the Downs ever since they started athletics. Sam won Downs’ silver last season (sadly, this year he’d missed a race). He won the Surrey Schools XC Champs in 2012, was the top runner in our victorious Stoke Park XC relay team in 2013 and the bronze medal team at the Surrey County Champs the same year, last year he was a key runner in the victorious Downs League team. Also in 2015, he broke the 800m and 300m club record and was part of our record-setting 4x300m squad. Kathryn helped the U15 team to bronze in the Surrey County Champs 2015 and, probably her best XC ever, finished 12th in the Surrey Schools. Annabel is best known for her 800m and long sprints, and she was a member of our 4x200m quartet that won bronze at the Surrey Relay Champs in 2014, and last not least, Kathryn and Annabel were members of the 4x300m relay team that set the 2015 club record. The three will be important players in our U17/U20 YDL track and field team in the summer. At the other end of the age spectrum, a number of athletes will move up to the U13 age group, and we are looking forward to welcoming them in our U13/U15 track and field teams.

To celebrate the achievements of all of our runners, we will give out certificates, medals and trophies at a ceremony at Kingsmeadow in due course. To be eligible, please make sure that your club subs are paid, and for athletes aged 11 and older, your EA registration for 2016 is paid, too.

Many thanks to all our helpers and supporters this season, and a big well done to all our athletes!

Your TM Susanne Dietrich ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , phone 02083997084).

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