British Athletics Cross Country Challenge

Team Kennet’s Lucy Wells took part in the British Athletics Cross Country challenge at Liverpool on Saturday in the under 15 girls, the event incorporated the European Trials, Lucy ran a great race to finish 37th out of 126 finishers in  cold and damp conditions.

Cross Country

Team Kennet’s Sam Hart took part in the British Athletics Cross Country Challenge on Saturday in Round 1 held at Milton Keynes, running in the under 17 age group Sam came 12th, less than 1 minute behind the winner, Sam is bottom of his age group which made the run all the better for him.

It has been a good month for Team Kennet athlete, Anna Pettit, 13. She has been taking part in the English Schools Cross Country Cup. On 8th October she won the Oxfordshire county competition for under 15 girls, helping her school, St Helen and St Katharine, Abingdon, qualify for the regional round. Then on 12th November, she moved up a gear, winning the Midlands regional round (East Central England) in Bedford, against the best schools from across 8 counties. She won convincingly over the 2.8km course, taking the leading after 1km and finishing 30m ahead.


Oxford Mail XC Round 1

Team Kennet Athletes were in action at Newbury Showground on Sunday in the first round of the Oxford League Cross Country, Molly Jones was the clubs best placed athlete as she took full control in the under 13 girls race to come home with a convincing win. New comer Nancie Eadie just missed out on top 3 as she finished 5th and with Georgina Thomson 7th were just pipped by Oxford for the team standing. Rebecca Thomson was next home in 8th place making sure the Yellow vests packed well up front, a big gap to Annelise Gale in 29th and Emily Tucker 31st brought the second team home in 6th place.

The Senior Womens team came home 4th overall on the day, Helen Preedy led the way in 17th with Sue Francis just behind in 20th and taking the Vet 45 age group and Rachel Bladon 24th 3rd Vet 45.

The under 15 girls matched the team placing with Lucy Wells recovering from a cold coming home in 3rd place, Izzy Hole 10th and Bethan Philp 13th. in the under 17 age group of the girls Rosa Lawrence came home 6th place and Holly Donohoe 8th.

In the Younger age groups Zoe Allen came home 3rd in the u9 girls race with Emma Davies 7th, in the Boys good packing from Jonathon Patronis 7th, Henry Waters 8th and Lucas Mercer 9th. while in the u11 age groups which saw over 20 club athletes take part Tara Hogan 10th, Aimee Dickson 11th and Kirsten Fraser 12th best of the girls and Edd Hall led the boys home in 10th with Toby Clark 13th and Jacob Woods 15th.

Only a small hand full of under 13 boys turned up Max Campbell was 37th with both the Davis twins Harry 41st and Finlay 45th

The under 17 boys race saw Bradley Thomas 9th, rupert Uttley 12th and Will Denton 13th, the club missing their top athletes as they will be running this weekend in UK Cross Country Challenge at Milton Keynes, in the under 15 boys Ryan Cannon 15th and Jack Cannon 20th


The Senior mens race saw over 300 finishers, Chris Hall led the clubs army of runners home in 82nd, Gavin Mclaughlin 90th and Dean Makar 118th best of the clubs athletes


other club runners

u9 girls     Masie Hamilton-Unwin 11th, Caitlyn Davis 12th

u9boys    Joseph Hoaen 14th, Jack Pike 16th, Joseph jones 17th

u11 girls   Beth King 21st, India Duly 24th, Eve Brown 28th, Isla Facey 34th, eva Elverson 41st, Madeleine Baker 42nd, Tegan Kell 48th, Eva Maughan 50th, Imogen Jones 52nd

u11 boys  Thomas Hall 24th, Ollie Ryan 26th, Joshua Goatley 40th, Alex Gardner 44th, Tom Wells 46th, Kian D Arcy Mastures 47th, Thomas Sportan 52nd

u13 girls  Lily D’Arcy-Masters 33rd, Pippa Thomas 35th, Issy Duly 41st, Lucy Allen 45th

u15girls  Phoebe Hoaen 22nd, Tanya Yeates 28th

senior men  Chris turner 123rd, Ben Schiffer-Harte 133rd, Martin Colston 169th, Neil Atherton 217th, Chris Treacher 221st, Paul Phillips 223rd, John Marriott 229th, Kim D’Arcy-Masters 259th, Simon Gale 283rd, Ron Stephenson 288th, Alaistair Tucker 292nd, Colin Price 295th




British Cross Country Challenge

Sam Hart competed in the British Cross Country Challenge over the winter. This consisted of four initial rounds plus a grand final. Point scores from the best 2 results from the initial rounds combined with a double points score from the final to give the overall ranking. Sam came in in 9th place at the 1st round at Teardrop Lakes, in Milton Keynes on 7th November and then finished 6th at Sefton Park, Liverpool on 28th November before winning the 3rd round at CAFRE, Antrim on 16th January. Finally a 6th place finish at the grand final at Colton Park, Birmingham on 12th March gave Sam an overall 5th place in the under 15 boys competition.

Inter County Cross country

Team Kennet had four athletes take part for Berkshire in the CAU Inter County Championships held in Birmingham on Saturday.
Sam Hart produced the best result of the club runners in the under 15 boys race finishing 29th place. In the under 20 men’s race Alex Hanson produced an excellent run for 37th place and just behind was Callum O’Neil in 51st. Lucy Wells finished less than a minute behind the winner in the under 13 girls race but in a top class field she finished in 56th place.

Oxford Mail XC Match 5

Team Kennet were in the mix of medals in the last of the Oxford Mail  Cross Country League matches being held at Harwell.

The under 13 girls took the most of the medals. The large turn out all season saw the team take 2nd place overall with the B team 6th and C team 10th.  On the day Lucy Wells came through to take 3rd place in the race but just missed out on an individual overall medal finishing 4th.  Just one point ahead was Anna Pettit who didn’t run due to illness but claimed 3rd overall. Rebecca Thomson made sure she ended her season in amazing form to finish 6th with twin sister Georgina 14th secured another 2nd team on the day. The B team of Lucy Draper 20th, Phoebe Hoaen 22nd and Pippa Thomas 26th came 6th on the day, and Lily D’Arcy Masters 33rd and Poppy Bladon 36th made up the C team.

In the under 15 boys James McLaughlin finished 2nd overall although he didn’t run but team mates Josh Livingstone 12th, Bradley Thomas 13th and Ryan Cannons 14th secured a top 6 team place overall.  The under 15 girls team were 5th overall, on the day Rosa Lawrence came home in 6th with Izzy Hole 7th.

The under 13 boys saw Toby Thomas first home for the club again in 16th, Cameron Langley 18th and Jack Cannons 21st for 6th place team on the day but 5th overall, Oliver Bazin was next home in 24th and Joshua Sells 29th.

Another medal came in the vet ladies, Sue Francis picking up a Silver in the Vet 45 age group with Rachel Bladon just behind in 4th place. On the day Helen Preedy came home in 15th, with Francis 30th and Bladon 34th bringing the team home in 5th place and 5th overall in Division 1. The mens team saw Chris Turner 78th, Chris Hall 83rd, Dean Makar 105th, Jonathon Phillips 136th, Chris Thomson 147th, Kym D Arcy Masters 152nd and Alastair Tucker 198th

In the younger races Kian Hockaday picked up the best place in the u11 boys with a 6th place, Sammy Campbell 9th, Harry Davis 10th, Digby Riggall 15th, Matthew Jones 16th, Toby Clark 17th, Edd Hall 24th and Thomas Hall 28th. In the under 11 girls Annelise Gale was 13th, Abigail Horton 24th, Annabel Gibson 27th and Emily Tucker 29th while the u9s saw Ava Elverson 13th and in the Boys Sam Horton 9th, Kian D Arcy Masters 10th and Joseph Hoaen 11th.

English Cross Country Championships

Sam Hart kept his string of magnificent performances going, this time in the ECCA Saucony English Cross Country Championships held at Castle Donnington on Saturday. Sam in the under 15s boys race finished in 11th place 30 seconds outside of a medal in the race which saw 367 finishers.

In the under 13 girls race Lucy Wells continued her amazing season with a fantastic run finishing 43rd just 1 minute behind the winner out of 449 finishers.

Oxford Mail XC Round 4

Team Kennet athletes took part in the Fourth Round of the Oxford Mail Cross Country on Sunday at Cirencester Park, After the Heavy Rains and Winds from the previous day, it was going to be a muddy course, James McLaughlin took full control of this coming home in 2nd place in the under 15 boys age group which guarantees  him a Silver individual medal with one match to go, the boys team came 5th on the day with good packing from Josh Livingstone 11th, Ryan Cannons 15th, Will Denham 16th and Bradley Thomas 17th.

In the under 13 girls anther good turn out saw the girls A team finish 2nd again and secured a Silver team prize, Lucy Wells stormed home with a strong finish for 5th place, Anna Pettit just behind in 6th and keeping her in Second overall  and an ever improving Rebecca Thomson 9th. The B team came 6th on the day led by Georgina Thomson 15th, Lucy Draper 20th and Phoebe Hoaen 24th and Lily Darcy-Masters was the other club runner in 26th

Rosa Lawrence growing in confidence produced her best run ever, coming home in 6th place in the under 15 girls, with Holly Donohoe 7th and Izzy Hole 8th they secured 2nd place on the day, giving them a chance of team medals at the end of the season. Effie Dollar came home in 15th place.

The Senior Ladies came 5th in Division 1, with Helen Preedy 18th, V45 Rachel Bladon 28th (4th overall), Sue Francis 30th (v45 2nd overall) and Georgina Bradford 44th (3rd u20)

The Senior Men were light on the grounds, but still came 6th in Division 2, Chris Hall best of the Yellow vests in 68th, Dean Makar 78th, Gavin McLaughlin 104th, Chris Thomson 168th, Kym Darcy-Masters 188th, Jonathon Phillips 197th, Colin Price 219th

In the youngest age groups Kian Hockaday produced his best run of the season finishing 5th, with Harry Davis 9th, Sammy Campbell 10th, Digby Riggall 14th, Matt Jones 15th, Finlay Davis 18th, Toby Clark 34th and Karl Smith 38th

The under 11 girls saw Annelise Gale 11th, Lucy Dollar 17th, Aimee Dickson 19th and Annabel Gibson 26th

The under 9s Ava Elverson came 14th (5th girl) Kian Darcy-masters 23td, Catherine Jones 24th and Joseph Hoaen 27th


SEAA Cross Country

U13GTeam Kennet had a few athletes taking part in the South of England Cross Country Championships held at Parliament Hills on Saturday. Sam Hart continued his amazing season running through the thick muddy course coming 12th in the under 15 boys race. In the under 13 girls race, Lucy Wells got the better of team mate Anna Pettit by 20 seconds with Lucy finishing 57th and Anna 88th. Daisy Tolhust was the clubs other athlete finishing 258th. Rosa Lawrence came 147th in the under 15 girls race.

Elsewhere Sam Randall took part in the London Indoor Games on Saturday in the Indoor 400m winning his heat in 52.5

IAAF Antrim International Cross Country

Sam HartTeam Kennet’s Sam Hart produced his best run ever in the IAAF Antrim International Cross Country Races in Ireland over the weekend, part of the British Athletic Cross Country Challenge he stepped up his race tactics to secure a convincing win by 8 seconds in the under 15 boys race. He now leads the under 15 age group overall with just two races left – Cardiff on January 24th and the Birmingham event on 12th March where double points are earned. All he needs to do is get into the points in both races to secure a top 3 finish overall.

Elsewhere, Georgina Bradford’s 4th place in the heats of the SEAA Indoor U20 Championships 800m saw her just miss out on a place in the final posting a time of 2:33.86