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