Inter County Cross Country

Team Kennet athletes were representing Berkshire Schools at Reigate in the inter Counties on Saturday, Sam Hart came within a whisker of clinching a medal as he came in 7th place in a very tight race in the Junior Boys with Josh Livingstone 81st, the Berkshire team came 1st place

In the Senior Boys Nathan Gillis came home 12th with Callum O’Neill 23rd and Alex Hanson had to drop out due to Asthma attack.

Chloe Scaplehorn was the only female from the club taking part in the Senior Girls where she came 57th place

Oxford Mail XC Round 4

Team Kennet were at Cirencester for the fourth round of the Oxford Mail Cross Country League on Sunday. A cold windswept course with minus wind chill didn’t stop the yellow vests winning two of the age groups.

Sam Hart had a great weekend, winning the under 15 boys race for the first time this season over the undulated muddy course. He was well backed up by Tom Murrell having his best race of the year in 3rd place, both boys are now certain for top 3 individual places as the team came 3rd on the day.

The best came at the end of the day with a gutsy run from under 20 Alex Hanson as he came home first in his age group and 6th combined with the seniors. Callum O’Neill made sure he was in with a shout as he came 2nd under 20 and 9th overall. Both boys have also secured top 3 finishes overall, they helped the senior team come 3rd in Division 2, as Lee Tolhurst came 21st, Dean Makar 84th, Martin Fray 94th, Chris Treacher 114th, Jon Phillips 137th, Chris Thomson 174th and Colin Price 181st.

In the under 13 girls, Anna Pettit just missed out on winning with a brilliant 2nd place, moving her to 3rd place overall. The rest of the team saw Izzy Hole 10th, Lucy Wells 11th and Pheobe Hoaen 22nd to secure 2nd team on the day and 3rd overall.

The under 13 boys managed a 3rd team place and now lie in 2nd place overall. Ryan Cannons led the way in 8th, with Cameron Langley 14th, Joshua Sells 22nd and Alexander Long 30th, Jack Cannons DNF

The Senior Ladies dropped to 2nd place overall in Division 2, with Sue Francis 23rd, Helen Preedy 26th and Lucy Gettins 60th placed them 4th on the day. In the u15/17 womens races Georgina Bradford(u17) came home in 8th and Rosa Lawrence (u15) 16th

In the younger age groups, a much smaller turnout than usual but in both u9 races two good 5th places from Aimee Dickson and Edward Hall were the best of this age group, while in the u11s Lucy Draper came 8th in the girls with Georgina Thomson 12th, Rebecca Thomson 15th and Annelise Gale 22nd best of the pack, while in the boys Maxim Brown 11th, James Wallace 12th and Cameron Dunbar 14th were the top 3 from the club

The other places were
u9 India Farrant 13th, Thomas Hall 11th, Henry Morgan 16th
u11s Daisy Tolhust 25th, Annabel Gibson 29th, Emily Tucker 32nd, Molly Leach 39th, Lily D’Arcy-Masters 40th, James Leach 17th, Charlie Hart 20th, Oliver Minns 33rd, Karl Smith 34th

South of England XC Champs

Team Kennet had eight athletes competing at the South of England Cross Country Championships on Saturday down on the Coast in Brighton. Lucy Wells gained a lot of experience in her under 13 girls race coming 118th out of some 250 plus runners. James McLaughlin came a creditable 57th out of 220 runners in the under 13 boys race. Holly Donohoe was 96th out of 235 with Rosa Lawrence 218th in the under 15 girls race while the club’s best performance came from Sammy Hart who finished 17th out of 233 in the under 15 boys where Tom Murrell also came 121st. Callum O’Neill in the under 20s race finished with a superb 53rd place. Senior athlete Dean Makar came 526th in the Men’s Race.

Oxford Mail XC Round 3

Team Kennet turned up to a Foggy and raw cold winters day at the third fixture of the Oxford Mail Cross Country League on Sunday at Culham Park, after the days results the club have kept up its campaign for a lot of individual and team medals.

The Senior Ladies continued to lead Division 2 with Sue Francis coming home in 22nd and Helen Preedy not far behind in 30th with good backing from Lucy Gettins in 52nd

In the under 13 girls Anna Pettit was involved in a sprint finish to be edged into 4th place which she holds overall, she helped the team come 2nd on the day placing them 3rd overall, Izzy Hole continued to improve with a great 5th place and Lucy Wells 11th, Phoebe Hoaen 18th and Emily Collings 36th.

In the under 13 boys James McLaughlin came home in 4th place (3rd overall) with Ryan Cannons 8th and Jack Cannons 13th bringing the team home in 2nd place (2nd overall) Cameron Langley 14th and Joshua Sells 30th

Sam Hart kept up his campaign for individual medals coming home in 2nd place in the under 15 boys (2nd Overall) with Tom Murrell 5th and Josh Livingstone 12th bringing the team home in 3rd place.

The combined under 15/17 Womens race saw Georgina Bradford 8th with Chloe Scaplehorn 12th in the older age group with Susie Drake 14th and Effie Dollar 18th in the younger age group

The Senior men kept up their average of 12 runners per match, Alex Hanson was first home in 18th place and 3rd in the u20 age group (3rd overall) with Callum O Neill 20th, then a big gap to Dean Makar 116th, Martin Fray 131st, Gavin McLaughlin 157th, Justin Wells 162nd, Danny Collis 171st, Jon Phillips 172nd, Chris Treacher 178th, Mike Sheridan 180th, Chris Thomson 206th, Colin Price 226th.

In the younger age groups Digby Riggall came home in an excellent 3rd place in the u9 boys, with Edward Hall 5th, Thomas Hall 10th, James Newman 18th, Harry Morgan 19th and Sebastian Simpson 21st in the Girls age group Aimee Dickson came home in 4th place

The under 11 age group saw Lucy Draper run her best race so far in 4th place, a battle of the twins saw Rebecca Thomson 8th and Sister Georgina 9th, Annalise Gale was next home in 21st, Brooke Asser 32nd, Daisy Tolhurst 36th, Pippa Thomas 37th, Emily Tucker 38th, Kate Newman 43rd, Molly Leach 52nd and Lily D-Arcey-Measures 54th.
The Boys Maxim Brown came home in the yellow vest in 13th place with Oliver Brashaw 19th, Cameron Dunbar 20th, James Wallace 24th, Sammy Campbell 29th, James Leach 33rd, Harry Davis 34th, Peter Aird 39th, Charlie Hart 42nd, Finlay Davis 43rd, Matthew Jones 44th, Oliver Minns 48th and Karl Smith 49th.

Berkshire XC Championships

It was Silver haven for Team Kennet at the Berkshire Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Hungerford Common, best results of the day came from the under 20 mens race as the team of four came away just 1 point from taking the team prize to settle for the Silver, Nathan Gillis secured runners up spot with team mate Alex Hanson securing Bronze with Callum O Neill 5th place and Daniel Collis 9th all four looking like being picked for the County team.

The under 13 girls packed in well, although still missing a few key athletes Anna Pettit found herself in a battle for the Bronze medal but had to settle for an excellent 6th place with Izzy Hole just behind in 8th, Lucy Wells produced one of her best runs over the season for 13th place with Lucy Draper having a brilliant race to finish 15th as the team secured Silver team medals. Pheobe Hoaen came in 25th and Izzy Brown 33rd

Silver Team Medals came from the Veteran mens team with Deam Makar 28th first home overall, with Gavin McLaughlin 32nd, Justin Wells 36th, Mike Sheridan 37th and Colin Price 43rd.

James McLaughlin just missed out on medals coming in 4th place in the under 13 boys and Stuart Bladon 19th

Sam Hart came home 6th in the under 15 boys race with Tom Murrell 15th

In the under 17 womens race Georgina Bradford 11th and Carys Cox 16th and the club just missed out in a team in the under 15 girls with Holly Donohoe 16th, Susie Drake 21st and Rosa Lawrence 24th

Helen Preedy was the clubs only women in the ladies race where she came 13th and just missed out on Bronze in the vets age group.

Elsewhere in the Hampshire Cross Country Championships Lee Tolhurst came 46th in the mens race out of nearly 150 finishers and in the u11 minor race Daisy Tolhurst came 37th

Oxford Mail XC Round 2

Team Kennet Cross Country runners kept up their campaign to win a lot of medals at the end of the season in the second round of the Oxford Cross Country League held at Oxford.

The Ladies Stormed to another team victory in Division 2 to push their lead out further overall, Helen Preedy led the way coming home in 18th, with Sue Francis 21st and Lucy Gettins 47th, with Philomena Mburu 75th and Vicky Adams 94th the other team members.

James McLaughlin made sure the under 13 boys were out in force and keep their chances of winning their age group, with a 3 teams finishing, a good 3rd place on the day from McLaughlin, last match winner Sam Clarke struggled to 9th place this time with Ryan Cannons 10th. The B team of Jack Cannons 17th, Toby Thomas 18th and Cameron Langley 19th was good enough for 4th place with both teams in top 5 overall. Joshua Sells led the C team in 26th and Alexander Long 32nd.

The under 13 girls team came 4th on the day, led by Anna Pettit in 4th place with Izzy Hole 9th, Phoebe Hoaen 21st and Izzy Brown 33rd

Sam Hart made sure he was in the mix finishing in 2nd place in the under 15 boys as the team came 4th overall, Tom Murrell came in 6th with Josh Livingstone 9th.

Georgina Bradford came 4th in the under 17 women’s race with Chloe Scaplehorn 11th combined with the u15 girls the team were 5th, Holly Donohoe just made top 10 with 9th place, Susie Drake 18th and Rosa Lawrence 21st

The Senior men had a big turnout, with 2 teams fielded, the A team coming 3rd on the day, with Alex Hanson 12th place (3rd u20), Callum O’Neill 32nd, Lee Tolhurst 48th, Chris Hall 106th, Daniel Collis 116th, Martin Fray 121st and Iain Adams 137th. The B team were 17th in Division 3 Chris Treacher 148th, Mike Sheridan 153rd, Jonathon Phillips 190th, Dick Kearn 198th, Chris Thomson 217th, Colin Price 223rd.

Lucy Draper was the best of the young ones, she came home in 7th place in the under 11 girls as TK made up a quarter of the field, Georgina Thomson 17th, Rebecca Thomson 18th, Daisy Tolhust 26th, Brooke Asser 27th, Kate Newman 28th, Molly Leach 36th, Annabel Gibson 37th, Pippa Thomas 38th, Emily Tucker 40th, Lily Darcy-Masters 55th. James Wallace led the boys in 9th place, Maxim Brown 11th, James Leach 16th, Charlie Hart 23rd, Cameron Dunbar 24th, Sammy Campbell 29th, Matt Jones 34th, Peter Aird 39th, Milo Brown 45th and Karl Smith 47th.

In the under 9 section new comer Digby Riggall came 7th, with Edward Hall tracking him all the way 8th, Thomas Hall 13th and Sebastian Simpson 23rd and in the girls India Farrant 8th

BBO Cross Country

Team Kennet Athletes faired well on a warm but very damp course in Slough in the annual Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire Cross Country Champs on Saturday.

Nathan Gillis Struck Gold as he won the Under 20 age group competing in the Senior Mens race finishing 14th overall.

In the lower age groups, the under 17 womens team came 5th with Georgina Bradford 14th with Chloe Scaplehorn 21st and Carys Cox 22nd. The under 13 girls had two teams Mai Brown first home in 27th with Izzy Hole 29th and Lucy Wells 31st bringing the A team home in 9th place, Bethan Philp 62nd, Emily Collins 65th and Phoebe Hoaen 67th made up the B team coming 20th and Olivia Lamb was the other club athlete in 72nd one of the biggest fields ever for the under 13 girls.

Tom Murrell came an excellent 14th place in the under 15 boys with Josh Livingstone 29th while in the under 13 boys Alex Long came 39th and for the under 15 girls Susie Drake was 33rd with Rosa Lawrence 40th.

The Senior Mens was led by Gillis with Dean Makar 57th, Iain Adams 62nd, Justin Wells 72nd, Chris Treacher 73rd, Colin Price 92nd for a good top 10 team finish.

Oxford Mail Round 1

Team Kennet started the Cross Country Season off in style at the weekend in the Oxford Mail Cross Country League held at Ascot-under-Wychwood in windy and wet conditions. Some 60 plus club athletes braved the trip, with the best result of the day coming from Sam Clarke in the under 13 boys winning his first ever race in a sprint finish to the line. He was backed up by Ryan Cannons in 8th place 35 seconds behind and a group of TK runners battling it out for that third team place going to younger brother Jack in 16th to help the team to 2nd place. The B team led by Cameron Langley 17th, Toby Thomas 18th and Joshua Sells 33rd were placed 7th and Alexander Long was 36th in a big field of 49 runners.

Mai Brown secured runners up spot in the under 13 girls race with Anna Pettit 9th and Lucy Wells 26th securing a 5th place team, Pheobe Hoaen came 39th with Amy Treacher 57th for a 20th place B team.

Sam Hart made it another runners up spot for the club in the u15 boys race combined with the u17s, with Josh Livingstone 11th


In the under 15 girls Holly Donohoe came in 9th place, Susie Drake 18th, Rosa Lawrence 23rd while in the under 17 women’s race Georgina Bradford came an excellent 6th place with Chloe Scaplehorn 14th and Carys Cox 15th and Kirsty Bennet 24th brought both teams home in the top 12

The senior women’s race saw TK 2nd placed in Division 2 of the League, Helen Preedy led the vests home in 16th place with Sue Francis 20th, Lucy Gettins 54th and Philomena Mburu 95th.

The Men’s team started Division 2 with a 7th place after last year’s promotion but with a full strength team out should be able to push for title contenders. It was the clubs u20s that led the way Nathan Gillis coming home in 10th place and 2nd under 20 athlete on the day. Callum O’Neill came 23rd (5th u20) with Veteran Deam Makar 112th, Martin Fray 130th, Daniel Collis 138th, Mike Sheridan 161st, Chris Treacher 200th for the A team, other members Jonathan Phillips 203rd, Chris Thomson 236th, Colin Price 256th.

Despite being Half Term the club got a lot of the u11and u9s out. For the u11 girls Lucy Draper came home in 7th, Verity Szala 8th, Rebecca Thomson 14th, Georgina Thomson 16th, Brooke Asser 36th, Pippa Thomas 40th, Molly Leach 47th, Emily Tucker 54th. In the boys race James Wallace led the way in 13th, Maxim Brown 17th, James Leach 22nd, Max Curtis 24th, Harry Davis 25th, Charlie Hart 26th, Finlay Davis 27th, Peter Aird 34th, Matthew Jones 40th, Rocco Power 42nd, Karl Smith 51st.
The under 9 combined race saw George Claxton in 10th, Aimee Dickson 16th, India Farrant 21st, Henry Morgan 42nd, Sebastian Simpson 50th