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Kent League Cross Country Stanhill Farm Wilmington

Saturday saw a fantastic start the cross country season from the young, and slightly more mature, members of Invicta East Kent Athletics Club. After a good month of solid consistent training, there were some superb individual performances at Stanhill Farm, Wilmington and all round excellent team results.


Performance of the day came from the U15 boys’ team with Charlie Brisley dominating from start to finish in confident style. Matthew Stonier was not far behind in an excellent 5th place, Oscar Parrick in 17th, Sam Newson 23rd, Elliot Wraight 35th Oliver Weston 44th, Alex Holliday 53rd, Jo Fox 56th and James Ackhurst 65th. They were 2nd placed team overall.


Tom Hutton was placed a superb 10th in the U13 boys and Harrison White a creditable 66th. Both worked hard and seemed to enjoy the experience.


Jildou Chappell and Emilia Stokes were in fine form in the U13 girls' event, striding out confidently securing 16th and 17th places respectively. Isabelle Harding, normally a multi eventer in track season, showed her endurance potential achieving 25th place. Bethany Waite showed determination and commitment finishing in a very respectable 61st place. This gave the team 5th place.


The U15 girls’ team were also superb. Alexandra Millard looked strong and battled hard to come in 4th. Jean Foley, a league newcomer was quite rightly delighted with her 12th place with the third member of the team, Louise Flynn achieving an excellent 25th place, bringing the team into 3rd place overall.


Again, the U17 Men put on an excellent display, with their training reaping rewards. Jo Griffiths ran himself smoothly into 10th place, followed by Marcus Etheridge 17th and Cole Gibbens 21st. These boys look like they mean business this season! 4th placed team.


Ella Fox ran a fantastic race for the U17 Women finishing in 7th place. Again, consistent training is paying off. Alice Mount worked hard too, coming home in 16th place which is super in her first year in this age group.


Dominic Woolford completed the Senior Men's race, coming in 105th in the largest field of the day of 225 athletes.


The Senior women did not disappoint either. Lilly Coward, home from university for the event, ran very strongly indeed achieving a brilliant 2nd place. Sarah Hall ran herself to a very good 30th, followed by Sarah Hotham in 38th, delighted to be competing again after injury. Vicky Talbot-Rosner completed the team in 53rd, having still managed to smile at her supporters en route! Well done ladies, a team 5th.


An excellent start to the season. Thanks of course to the coaches, Peter, Ralph and James for their never ending commitment to developing the ability of our athletes to perform at this level, to parents for providing the necessary transport logistics and also to Nikki for coordinating all of the entries. Roll on Somerhill!