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South of England X Country Championships

There were many brave performances at Stanmer park this weekend. This is an undulating course with some challenging hills but also a lovely down hill and flat run in to the finish to reward the hard work. This is also where our athletes meet the very best runners in the south of our country so they have to cope with huge numbers of participants and a ‘pen’ start.


The U15 boys were first off and both Oscar Parrick and Sam Newson ran strongly to finish in 32 and 39 respectively in a field of 232 competitors. Well done to both boys who have shown consistent form for most of the season so far.


Teigan Sullivan, back after illness ran very well to finish in 23rd place in the U13 girls. And in the U13 boys, Reef Page, Tom Hutton and Benedikt Stokes pushed themselves hard, finishing 22, 33, and 190 in a field of 260. Well done, a great achievement


The U15 girls were next on the start line with Jildou Chappell and Emilia Stokes tackling the hills. A strong start from both girls and some mental toughness saw them finish in 129th and 168th out of 211.


Matthew Stonier, Cameron Macrae, Charlie Brisley, Matthew Boucher and James Futcher were our representatives in the U17 men’s race. Matthew’s start was brilliant and saw him as part of the leading group for the most part of the first lap. Cameron was similarly placed and these two maintained strong positions, finishing 11th and 16th. Congratulations! Charlie, coming back from injury finished in an excellent 24th. James and Matthew, having their first Southerns experience, battled hard and showed great commitment, coming home in 161st and 169th respectively.


The U20 ladies were as usual totally serene in their preparation and attitude. From the start, Anna Weston strode out strongly, enjoying the run in to the finish in 13th. Sarah Hall, consistent and strong too came home in 33rd. Well done ladies.


Alexandra Millard and Roseanna Temple lined up for the U17 ladies. Both have great form in the Kent league and this field was a good challenge to build on this. Both were very determined and showed excellent stamina over the 5k course. Alex was delighted to finish 10th and Roseanna equally happy with 35th amongst a very strong field of 115.


The Senior Women and Men were last to set off and the weather unfortunately started to worsen with the rain moving in. Both races involved very large fields of runners over a gruelling 8k and 15k. Well done to our ladies who finished as follows; Gabija Rasiukevicte 88th, Rhian Dawes 163rd and Rebecca Jackson 240th.


And well done to our men, Adam McKenna finishing in 256th and Steve Barber 687th.


The cross country season continues with some of our athletes running in the Schools and Club inter county events over the next month or so. Not forgetting the much awaited Nationals at Parliament Hill and the coveted English Schools Championships for which several of our athletes will hope to gain selection in the coming weeks after successes at the recent Kent Schools Championships in Dover.