id830-Downs League M1 Epsom Downs November 9th 2008 Report

Written by SD   

TM Susanne Dietrich's report.

Brilliant result for K&P runners at the 1st Downs League Cross Country match on Sunday 9 November.

Windswept as usual, but luckily without the afternoon’s downpour, the Epsom Downs Race Course welcomed Surrey’s young cross country runners and their families for the first of the four Downs League cross country races this Sunday. With many new faces in our team, and many of our last year’s athletes having moved up one age group to race older athletes, we were not quite sure what to expect. So all that was called for was a nice steady run round the course.

But that’s not what happened.

In the U13 group, Matthew Broderick followed up on last year’s strong performance, came 2nd overall and - led the team to victory. In the boy’s rankings, he is 2nd, with Ed Rumbold 4th, Martin Purkiss 6th and Ollie Deighton 7th. Similarly, Minty Allen is 2nd for the girls, followed by Laura Cook (3rd), Jessica Lavender (6th) and Katie Miller (7th). The team is 13 points ahead of Sutton and 25 ahead of both Epsom & Ewell and Croydon, respectively. Thus, the prospect of defending last year’s team title is not bad at all.

In the U15 group, the race was dominated by the four top Surrey U15 boys. Yet, having individual stars is not enough to win a team event! We had a complete team out, and the commitment of each and everyone in the team was key to our success. Gaby Miles, having celebrated a 6th place in the Surrey League race the day before, pulled another superb performance out of the hat, coming 5th overall (1st girls), followed by Nikolaj Schubert (6th/ 5th boys, Max Williams (7th/ 6th boys, Adam Curran (8th/ 7th boys, Helen Davies (10th/ 2nd girls), Rachel Cook (11th/ 3rd girls) and Stefan Clarke who unfortunately picked up an injury (12th/ 9th boys). Adam is the most improved athlete, having pushed his PB by almost 2 minutes. We are leading Croydon by 5 points, Sutton by 12 and Epsom & Ewell by 15 – so why not win this team title as well?

Clearly most strongly contested race with 70 runners altogether was the U11 race. Sutton had the quality and quantity of runners to comfortably win the match in this age group. But then it was again - us! 2nd of nine teams, how good is that? In the boys’ ranking, Harry Robinson is 9th, Harry Deighton 13th, Oliver Phelps 14th, Toby Deighton 22nd and Jason Newell 30th out of 45. Caitlin Dimbleby is 4th, and Eva Clarke 13th out of 25 girls. A very fine result indeed.

Our athletes gave more than a team manager could ever ask for. While I am of course grateful to all the families for their support, the real heroes are our athletes. Well done everybody – you were fantastic.

Susanne Dietrich

Level 1 coach and Downs League team manager

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