Team Kennet Junior Cross Country

Team Kennet Juniors came out in force in their first Basingstoke Destination League match of the season that saw a record number of 60 Youngsters turn out.

The Round 1 match was held in Basingstoke over an undulated and twisting course with a few inclines thrown in. The conditions were brilliant for the course, the first race the Under 9 Girls saw 10 TK girls line up, and it was a successful race for them, as Team Kennet took the first 7 places and taking the top 3 team places overall.

In the race Orlagh Stratford led from the gun to then be joined by race winner Ella Larkin in the final 200m, Orlagh had to settle for second place, Maisie McCurtin took third place with a strong finish.

The Girls packed in well with Alice Stratford 4th, Matilda Saunders 5th, Evie Kearney 6th and Elodie Burdett 7th further down the field Sophie Barnett was 13th, Eveleyn Barker 14th and Jasmine Hemmings 18th.

The under 9 Boys team came 3rd overall with B team 7th, in a big field of over 30.

Gethin Thomas led the way in 6th place with Joshua Kuijten 7th, Seb Lauder-Clarke 17th and making up the A team was Xander Cameron 21st.

The B team was led home by Jacob Williams 22nd, Max Burt 25th

The under 11 Girls finished 3rd and 7th in the team scores, Harriet Saunders led the TK Vests home in 5th place with a strong finish, Ella McDonald was next home in 9th followed by Quinn Joyce 12th and Matilda Clare 14th, the B team was led by Penelope Lyth in 17th, Elora Murray 37th, Penelope Gorbold 39th and Rose Bell 44th in a field of over 50 runners.

The under 11 boys had the biggest field of the day with over 60 runners, Team Kennet A team finished 2nd place behind a strong Aldershot squad, The Yellow vest packed well with Oscar Larkin first home for the club in 6th place, then Ben Doherty 8th, Harry Smith 10th and Euan Jones 11th, the B team came 5th overall with Malik Gaye leading them home in 12th place, Luke Stiles 18th, William Devall 24th and Ronny Bowsher 27th. The C Team came 10th overall Henry Bell 29th, Samuel Atkins 30th, Rudy Bowsher 32nd and Josh Bailey 43rd. it was a great turnout from the club in this age group with Lestyn Thomas 49th and Alfie Cronk 57th making up the rest of the club athletes.

The under 13 Girls also had a strong turnout, a battle close to the front from Amber Stiles 4th and Charlotte Bailey 5th helped the A Team finish 2nd place behind the hosts, Emerald Hill-Sawyer was 13th and Anna Hall 15th.

The B team was led by Chloe O’Reardon 19th Amelie Disley 21st, Lola Mitcham 26th and Ella Cronk 27th, and Mia Kearney 28th. For the B team to finish 6th

The under 13 Boys A team came 3rd, Aaron Carter was clubs first runner home in 10th, Ben Daley  14th, Noah Lauder-Clarke 17th and Frank Edwards 20th making up the team, the B team were 7th led by Harry Barnett 21st, Charlie Adams 22nd, Marlowe Barber 23rd and Reuben Kuijten 29th, other runners were Flynn Murray 30th

The under 15/17 Girls combined race saw Alanna Smith finish 7th overall and Camille Farrington 12th

The under 15/17 boys combined race Ethan Kuijten was 9th and Max Adams 10th

Both teams coming 4th place