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UK InterCounties XC - Birmingham  -  Saturday 10 March 2012

Eleven IEK among Kent's total of 67 athletes

  Two IEK Seniors in Kent vest - first time for over 10 years

    Bobby Clay wins u-15 title emphatically - Alex Clay takes u-17 silver

      Emily McKane and James Pitcher impress in debut runs

Live Sky TV coverage of this event in Birmingham meant IEK members at other cross-country events were glued to their I-phones as news came that Kieran Reilly (37th - 3rd u-20 Kent finisher) had helped Kent to team silver with the bare minimum of 4 runners needed to score, then news that Alex Clay had taken individual silver in u-17 Women's race, well in front of the girl who'd pinched the National title at Parliament Hill.

Alex led Kent to 13th of 37 counties with newcomer Emily McKane, 2nd Kent finisher, turning in one of the performances of the day in 87th, 3 seconds ahead of former Kent champion Amber Reed.

Then news that, among 279 of the country's best runners in her age group (among them Anna & Amy two

of IEK's Red Sparrows) Bobby Clay had retained her unbeaten record so far this season - Bobby romped home in the u-15 Girls race, 26 seconds ahead of the Yorkshire girl who'd pressed her so closely at the Nationals at Parliament Hill.

By their own high standards this season, Anna Weston (137) and Amy Old (213) each had an "off day" but were still in the mix to help Kent to 15th of 39 competing counties

After a 10-year absence of IEK Seniors at this national level, two first-year Seniors made good transitions from u-20 racing just weeks ago - Emily Hosker Thornhill (95)  was 5th scorer in a Kent team which was 8th of 25 counties - fellow St Marys student, Jason Prickett (66) 

was one of only 4 Senior Men of Kent to turn out for their county in a competition where six are needed to score

22 counties fielded a team in the u-20 Women's race where Kent's leader was 77th and Beth Burnett - 5th Kent runner - was 130th of 144 runners.

In the u-15 Boys event, Kent were 11th of 40 counties - James Pitcher ("JP") continues his climb through the ranks : James (55) well and truly got the better of Kent bronze medallist Tim Forsyth and was only 4 seconds adrift of Ashford's Jack Goss, county silver medallist at Wilmington in January.  

Barney Howard (146) was 5th Kent man home when he got the better of Tonbridge's 2nd runner, the two recording identical times


No photographs of this event are available