Kent Cross Country League, Danson Park – Saturday 11th November 2023

The third fixture of the Kent Cross Country League took place at Danson Park, Bexleyheath on Saturday 11th November.

The Senior Men fielding another strong team . Current league leader, Tewelde Menges, returned to winning ways, taking an early lead and comfortably finishing almost ahead of the rest of the field. Next to finish for M&M was Ben Tyler (5th), closely followed by Jamie Walsh (6th) and Anthony Webb (8th and 1st M40), completing the 4-to-score team, which was narrowly beaten into second place, just 4 points behind Tonbridge AC.

Continuing to improve on his debut season for M&M, Andrew Headley finished 11th, ahead of Daniel St Martin (20th), Callum Featherstone (28th), Cameron Featherstone (32nd), Alex Donnelly (34th), Jack Tyler (40th) and Richard Tomlinson (44th and 2nd M50), making up the 12-to-score team, which again finished second behind Tonbridge AC.  The Senior Men now have a long break from the Kent League, not racing again until February 2024, but with a number of athletes on target to top their respective league categories come the end of the season.

There were 4 competitors contesting the U17 men’s race. Another strong run from Franklin Shepherd 3rd (16.56), Theo Ronchetti 10th (17.56), Henry Gibson 16th (18.34) and Dominic Wright 32nd (23.11). The 3 to score team finishing in 3rd on the day.

Freddie Gibson continued his rich vein of form in the U15 boys’ race to once again lead the team home in 2nd place (14:04). He was followed home by Louie Gear in 23rd place (15:23) and the team of three was closed by Alfred Moisan in 31st place (16:02). Further support was provided by Connor Cousins (37th, 16:16), Declan Tighe (39th, 16:26), Maxime Foissy (48th, 17:06) and Cameron Davis (61st, 19:22).

The U15 boys finished in fourth place on the day and are in third place overall.

The U13 boys were led home once again by Daniel Kershaw in 9th place (11:27), the scoring three was completed by Ola Ajelara (19th, 11:35) and William Pratt (26th, 11:56) They were supported by Logan Smith (28th, 12:00), Oliver Field (32nd, 12:07), Jack Gregory (36th in12:12), Sebastian Smit (57th,13:25), Ethan Miles (58th, 13:31) and Cameron Drake (65th, 14:13). The team finished fourth on the day and are fourth overall with one match remaining.

There was again good representation from the U20 and U17s ladies. In the U20s Abigail Royden running well was first M&M athlete 4th (19.29). Followed in closely by Ella Webb 5th (19.31) and Lily Crossley 6th (20.24) completing the 3 to score. Close behind, Lola Sutton 7th (20.27th) and Ingrid Linn 10th (21.39) and Ciara Harrop 13th (25.32) completing the team. 

U17 Amber Matthews ran brilliantly and tactically strong to win the U17 race (19.16). The 3 to score team were completed by Iris Crossley 8th (21.08) and Abi Hawkes, running strong to come through for 9th (21.08), completing the 3 to score. Beth Palmer 10th (19.26) and Naveen Deo 21st (23.27) to compete the team’s runners.

The U15 girls saw Rose Crossley in 10th (16.40) followed by Sofia Cudmore-Smith in 13th (17.06) with Olivia Baker 27th (18.30) closing the 3 to score team. Matilda Moisan 36th (18.49), Amelie Guthrie 38th (29.51), Ava Graham 41st (20.52), Freya Stein 48th (25.21) and Sabuko Antonio (50th) (25.24). The team finished in 3rd place.

Only 2 competitors in the U13 girls team contested the 3000m course. Gwen Thomas 27th (13.32) and Chloe Orridge 43rd (14.48).

The final league match for the junior age groups and is on Saturday 25th of November at Swanley Park.