International Cross Country

Team Kennet’s Sam Hart made his Debut in an England Vest in the Home Nations International Cross Country held at  Margam Park Wales over the weekend. In the under 17 mens race he did not disappoint finishing in an impressive 6th place only 10 seconds off an individual medal, the race winner was Darragh McElhinney from Ireland, Sam’s performance with his England team mates was good enough for a team win to end the cross country season.



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English Schools Cross Country

Team Kennet Athletes were representing their County of Berkshire in the English Schools Cross Country Championships held at Norwich on Saturday, In the Inter Mediate Boys Race Sam Hart challenged the front of the race for the first half over a muddy but flattish course, hanging on towards the end just missing out on a medal by 10 seconds finishing in 6th place, but the reward is the Hart earns himself an England Vest.
Lucy Wells coming back from 3 weeks out in the Junior Girls race with only a weeks light training ran brilliantly to finish 78th and help the Berkshire Girls to 6th place in the team event but in the 8 to finish they won this and lifted the title.
In the Senior girls race Emily Faulkner continuing to improve each month finished 174th.

CAU Inter county cross country

Team Kennet had several athletes competing over the weekend, in the CAU inter counties at Loughborough  Callum O Neill ran a superb race in his first year as a senior man coming home in 119th place out of 283 finishers to  help the Berkshire team in 17th. In the under 17 mens race Bradley Thomas came 250th  in his race gaining a lot of experience.

It was also the National Prep Schools Cross Country Championships held at The Malverns, in the under 13 girls race Molly Jones came 4th just missing out on a medal, and Nancy Eadie coming close behind in 7th both girls representing Cheam school and run with the club

Oxford Mail Round 5

molly 2 u13 girlsTeam Kennet athletes were in action on Sunday in the last of the Oxford Cross Country League matches of the year. In the under 13 girls age group Molly Jones secured a Bronze medal coming third on the day, Nancy Eadie was next home in 5th place which was her overall finishing placing and Georgina Thomson was the last of the A team home in 15th place securing a Team Silver Medal. The B team was Annelise Gale 18th, Pippa Thomas 25th and Lily D Arcy Masters 29th  and Emily Tucker 33rd.

The under 15/17 Girls team came 3rd overall in the league, on the day in the under 17 age group Emily Faulkner came home in 3rd place just missing out on top three awards, Rosa Lawrence was 7th.  In the under 15 girls injury/illness kept most away. Lucy Wells did enough to secure a Silver individual medal, Pheobe Hoaen came 16th on the day in the under 15s.

The under 15/17 boys Bradley Thomas came 7th and in the under 15 boys Cameron Langley 8th and Toby Thomas 15th. The under 13 boys new comer William Jones came 22nd

In the Senior ladies Helen Preedy led the way home in 18th with Sue francis 24th. While in the men’s Chris Hall came 55th, Dean Maker 122nd were the best of the seniors.

For the younger age groups, in the under 9s, Zoe Allen came 2nd in the girls and Emma Davies 9th, Maisie Hamilton-Unwin 15th, Caitlin Davies 17th and in the Boys Oliver Tozer 7th, Lucas Mercer 13th,  Joseph Jones 15th, Jack Pike 17th. The under 11 girls Kirsten Fraser was the first one home for the club in 7th, Lottie Absolom 14th, Eve Brown 19th, Madeline Baker 28th, Aimee Dickson 31st, Ava Elverson 32nd , Tegan Kell 35th, Imogen Jones 37th and in the under 11 boys Toby Clark 16th, Jacob Woods 17th, Joshua Goatley 31st, Kian D Arcy-Masters 38th and Thomas Sportan 44th


English National Cross Country

SamAtNationalsTeam Kennet’s Sam Hart took part in the under 17 English Cross Country Championships at Wooloton Park in Nottingham on Saturday, Sam kept up with the front runners for most of the race in tough muddy conditions to finish a brilliant 14th place just 43 seconds off the leader and West Berkshire highest placed runner.


Oxford Mail XC – Round 4

Team Kennet athletes were in action in the Oxford League Cross country held near by at Harwell on Sunday.

The under 15 girls made a big impact on trying to win the under age group by winning their age group putting them just 8pts behind leaders Oxford City, Lucy Wells was 3rd place and securing  a top 3 individual finish at end of the season for the Yellow vests with Izzy Hole just a few seconds behind in 4th and with Bethan Philp 9th won the age group by 1 point.

In the under 17 age group Emily Faulkner ran superbly to finish 3rd place moving her to 4th overall in her age group and Rosa Lawrence came in 8th.

The under 13 girls team were second as they have been all season, missing their big gun Molly, it was down to the twins to battle it out for the clubs top spot, only a few seconds separated them with Georgina Thomson 8th and Rebecca Thomson 9th, Annelise Gale having another good run in 13th. the second team made up of Lily Darcy-Masters 21st, Emily Tucker 27th and Pippa Thomas 30th came 8th but holds 6th place overall, Lucia Allen was the other club runner 35th.

The Senior Ladies had a good turn out with Helen Preedy coming home in 20th, Sue Francis 26th and sue Enhard 38th  for 4th place team on the day, Kirsty Reede was next home 45th and Philomena Mburu 86th. The Men’s team moved up to fourth in their Divison 3 match with Chris Hall first home in the club 70th, Chris Turner 79th, Gavin McLaughlin 86th, Darren James 134th, Dean Makar 138th, Richard Bickerton 174th, Simon Gale 235th, Colin Price 236th, Chris Treacher 244th

The under 15 boys James McLaughlin finished 6th with Cameron Langley 12th and Ryan Cannons 14th for 4th place team, Jack Cannons was next home in 15th and Toby Thomas 16th while in the joint race with under 17s Bradley Thomas came home an excellent 5th place. Sam Campbell was the clubs only under 13 boy  finishing 24th

In the younger age groups there were two 8th places in the under 11s, firstly the girls race Kirsten Fraser later in the boys Toby Clark, while in the under 9 section Zoe Allen kept her form to come home in 5th place only a few seconds of the winner and Emma Davies just behind in 6th place, and in the boys Lucas Mercer was 11th

Other results:

U11 girls Eve Brown 28, Aimee Dickson 29, Ava Elverson 33, Lottie Absolom 39, Isla Facey 42, Madelaine Baker 44, Imogen Jones 46, Tegan Kell 47

U11 boys Edd Hall 17, Thomas Hall 24, Digby Riggall 31, Joshua Goatley 37, Alec Gardner 44, Ollie Ryan 45, Isaac Mitcham 51, Kian Darcy-Masters 52, Thomas Sportan 53

U9 girls Masie Hamilton-Unwin 11th, Caitlyn Davies 12th

U9 boys Jack Pyke 12, Josepth Jones 13th


IMG_5635Team CALLUM seaa 17Kennet’s Callum O Neill produced one of his best runs ever to secure a 17th place in the under 20 mens race in the South of England Cross Country Championships at Parliment Fields on Saturday, this was matched earlier in the under 13 girls race as Molly Jones matched this in 17th place out of 283 finishers and became the highest placed girl in the this cross country event for the club.

Rosa Lawrence also took part in the under 17 women’s race finishing a creditable 122nd

IAAF Antrim Cross Country

Lucy-IAAFTeam Kennet had two athletes take part in the IAAF Antrim International Cross Country Challenge over the weekend in Northern Ireland.
In the Under 17 age group last years under 15 boys winner Sam Hart steped up to stay in the leading pack, slightly slipping back towards the end of the race had to settle for fourth place but was the first English Athlete home, and only 5 seconds off third place. In the Challenge this result will move Sam up in to the top 6 overall standings with two races left Cardiff and Loughborough.
In the under 15 girls Lucy wells taking part in her first major competition took off well and settled in with the chasing pack, eventually coming home in 13th place and gaining a lot of experience she was the third English girl home, Lucy will move into the top 10 overall after this performance.

Berkshire XC Championships

Team Kennet had several athletes taking part in several County Championships over the weekend, in the Berkshire Championships Lucy Wells set of to retain her under 15 Girls title she won last year, she set of strong with the leaders maintaining the pace until the last third where she dropped to the second pack, a strong finish saw Lucy come home in Second place, in the same age group Izzy Hole was 20th.

Sam Hart secured a Silver Medal as well as he came 2nd in the under 17 mens age group one of the strongest age groups in the Championships, team mate Bradley Thomas was 14th

James McLaughlin another club athletes always picking up medals, came home in 2nd place in the under 15 boys race, a strong finish to keep a pack of four runners from catching him brought him home for his Silver, Cameron Langley was 22nd

The Senior womens race only Helen Preedy braved the elements to come home in 5th place in the vets.

The Senior mens and Vets races saw a great race up front where Callum O Neill kept up for half the race but slipped back to just miss out on the medals for an excellent 5th place, Chris Hall came 18th, Gavin Mclaughlin 19th and Dean Makar 30th

In the under 13 girls Nancy Eadie was 13th, in the under 13 boys Harry Davis 36th and the under 17 womens age group Emily Faulkner came 14th

The Hampshire Championships Molly Jones ran an excellent race and was just out pipped in the under 13 girls race to come home 5th, while in the Buckingham Championships Ben Schiffer-Harte was 46th in the Senior Mens Race

Oxford Mail Round 2

Team Kennet Athletes ventured out to a frosty cold Adderbury Park in Banbury on sunday for the second round of the Oxford Mail Cross Country, Lucy Wells florishing with confidence timed her under 15 girls race to perfection to come away for her first victory in the league which has lifted her to second overall. Team mate Izzy Hole was 7th and Pheobe Hoaen 22nd meant they took 3rd team.

Last match winner Molly Jones had to settle for 3rd place in the under 13 girls race but still hangs on overall leader, but with a cluster of TK Yellow vests following had to settle for second team on the day. New comer Imogen Wiggen came 7th and Georgina Thomson 13th. Rebecca Thomson 14th, Annelise Gale 22nd and Nancy Easdie 23rd brought the B team home in 6th place and the C team were led by Pippa Thomas 32nd, Lily d’Arcy-Masters 35th and Emily Tucker 40th.

Zoe Alllen produced her best run so far wit han excellent 3rd place in the under 9 girls with Emma Davies 8th, Masie Hamilton-Unwin 9th and Caitlyn Davies 14th. In the under 11 girls Kirsten Fraser came home in 5th place closely followed by Tara Hogan in 9th and Aimee Dickson 15th best of u11s.

The under 17 women saw Newcomer Emily Faulkner finish strong in 5th place with more to come, Rosa Lawrence wasn’t to far behind in 8th place, while in the under 15 boys James McLaughlin came home in 4th place and team of Cameron Langley 10th and Toby Thomas 15th came 6th place overall. Bradley Thomas was the clubs only under 17 runner coming home in 12th place

The womens race Helen Preedy was 26th and Sue Francis 33rd, Sue lies in 2nd overall in the v45 age group. The men’s team came 7th in Division 3 with Chris Hall having a great race in 60th, Dean Makar 104th, Ben Schiffer-Harte 115th, Jonathon Phillips 175th and Colin Price 236th.

The under 9 boys Jack Pyke came home in 10th place, and Joseph Hoean 11th while in the older under 11 age group Edd Hall 17th and Digby Riggall 23rd best of the boys.

Other runners
u11 girls Eve Brown 27, Ava Elverson 30, Isla Facey 41, Charlie Pennicott 42, Katie Pennicott 44, Teagan Kell 45
u11 boys Toby Clark 24, Thomas Hall 30, Joshua Goatley 36, Kian D Arcy-Mastures 51, Thomas Sportan 55