Kent XC League 2016 Somerhill - Report


The magnificent buildings and grounds of Somerhill school, Tonbridge were once again the backdrop for the 2nd fixture of the Kent league cross country series and the perfectly and precisely marked out course witnessed some great racing. 

The girl’s reign supreme, now sitting at the top of the league in all the age groups that they contest.  The boy’s numbers are huge and their collected efforts leave them second in the U13 and 17 age-groups and 4th in the U15’s behind a very strong Tonbridge AC.

The U13 girls got proceedings off to a winning start with Ellie Dolby dominating and winning comfortably by 14 seconds. Daniella Harper had a superb run finishing 4th and young Lily Meers had her best run to date crossing the line in an impressive 6th to help win the team race. Strong back up from Mayaan Radus in 9th then three in a row with Amelia Middleton 16th, Amarisa Sibley 17th and Olivia Berry 18th. Ella Smith was 20th, Heidi Forsyth 24th, Kelsey Pullin 29th, Hannah Clark 39th, Isabella Louth 41st and Amelie Willars 57th completed the strong squad.

Sam Reardon and Tom Brash then led the BBHAC U13 boy’s contingent home with strong runs in 4thand 6threspectively. Ben Campbell continues to impressive finishing in a great 12thhelping to secure second team position. Tom Penlington was a strong 16th, Max Gregson 20th, Matt Smith 22ndand making a fantastic debut was 11-year-old Jamie Sears looking comfortable finishing 28th. Great back up from Oliver Robertson 31st, Will Andrews 36th, Jake Anthony 39thand Adam Parkinson in 42nd. Barnaby Corry in his first cross-country run of the season was 49th, 11 year old Oles Chaban 53rdand Nick Paddington 58throunded off an impressive number of U13 boys.

The U15 girls were also victorious with Lia Radus winning, coming out on top of the battle with the Thanet RR girl. Morgan Squibb, (possibly still jet lagged from her USA travels where she competed for Great Britain and finished 5thin the World Biathle (run-swim-run) Championships) did well to finish high up in 5thand Amy Miller had a very strong run finishing 7thto complete the three to score team win. Zoe White continues her great season with a fine14thplace finish, Lily Tappenden 16th, Niamh Milmo 19th, Isabelle Bridge 23rd, Emily Davis 25thand Abigail Leeves 27thcompleted the strong U15 squad.

Twelve U15 boys toed the line for BB for their 4K race and Rowan Fuss came out on top finishing a great 6th. Peter Guy, despite falling on a tight bend, did well ending up 17thand Ben Gardiner in 23rdcompleted the three to score result of 4thplace. Robert Suckling was 24thand Cameron Swatton was 26th, Keir Lundy 37th, Justin Strover 38th, Luke Simpson 47th, and a great run from Charles Winton in 53rd. Seb Large was 59thwith Ethan Kitteridge 61stand Jake Leng 63rdrounded off the large U15 boys squad.

Only four U17 girls made up the BBHAC squad but they were strong enough to win the team race. A strong performance from Millie Smith, despite losing a shoe in warm up, saw her finish an impressive 3rd.A great run from Grace Scopes placing 7thwith Yasmin Austridge 8thand Amy Leach 12thcompleting the squad results.

The U17 boys finished a good second in the team competition after a great performance from Lewis Mills finishing 4th. Callum Myatt was a strong 13thand Oscar Hussey did superbly finishing 15thdespite only just making the start line in time after a horrendous journey from France that left him with only minutes to spare! Charlie Andrews was a solid 22ndand Coleman Corry on his first winter outing this season was 35thand Chris Swinfen completed the squad in 43rd.

BBHAC had no representatives in the U20 races as our U20’s chose to race in the longer senior races. Jess Keene extended her run of great form winning her first senior Kent league race looking comfortable all the way around the 5k circuit.

Kelsey Fuss looked good finishing 19th as did Sam Leighton in 40th and Joanna Clowes in 42nd.

In the senior men’s race Richard Webb used his study break from Cardiff University well finishing high up in 12th, Charlie Davis excelled at the senior distance of 10k and crossed the line in solid 20th. Thomas Desborough was a great 37th and fellow U20 James Crawley was a good 67th and Scott Bulmer in 182th completed the U20 squad.

Now half way through the Kent league series next we have the National Cross Country Relay Championships at Mansfield to look forward to where we hope to be amongst the action in all age groups.