Kent League, Swanley Park – Saturday 25th November 2023

The Kent Cross Country League series drew to a close for the junior age groups at a sunny but cold Swanley Park. With the Senior Men not competing in this match but saw the return of the Senior Women. The men and women have their final match in February.

The 9 Senior Women were led in by Charlotte Young in her debut senior race, finishing an impressive 5th (31.04). Emily Hale 19th (33.22) and Karen Cudmore 28th (34.09) completed the 3 to score team. Taryne McPherson 35th (34.52), Antel Muller, returning to competition, 43rd (36.14) and Vanessa Vander 56th (37.06) closing the 6 to score. Catherine Rodwell 101st (40.54), Hayley Palmer 106th (41.30) and Sarah Kenyon 129 (44.39) finishing the ladies team.

The U20 women were led in by Abigail Royden 3rd (19.27), Ella Webb 4th (19.33) and Lola Sutton (20.03) (5th) closing the 3 to score team. Lily Crossley 6th (20.33), Ingrid Linn 9th (21.36.) and Ciara Harrop 11th (24.54). The team winning on the day and finishing 2nd over the 4 matches. Ella Webb won bronze overall. All girls will be representing Kent at the inter-counties XC Championships on Saturday 9th December.

The U17 women saw another strong run for Amber Matthews in 2nd (19.21). Iris Crossley 7th (20.44) and Abigail Hawkes 8th (21.03) finished the 3 to score. Beth Palmer (21.07), Heidi Hughes 14th (21.57) and Naveen Neo 16th (22.28). The team winning on the day and finishing 2nd over the 4 matches. Amber, Iris, and Beth selected for the Kent inter counties XC on Saturday.

The U15 girls team were led in by Rose Crossley 4th (16.00), Sofia Cudmore-Smith (16.47) and Olivia Baker 18th (17.42) for the 3 to score team. Matilda Moisan 34th (19.12), Amelie Guthrie 37th (20.01), Subuki Antonio 38th (20.06) and Freya Stein 42nd (22.04) closing the team. The team finished 3rd on the day and 3rd over all. Rose and Sofia gaining selection for Kent.

The U13s girls were led in by Gwen Thomas 21st (14.03) and Chloe Orridge 32nd (15.59).

A strong run and win for U17 Franklin Shepherd (16.37). Theo Ronchetti 14th (18.12) and Dominic Wright 28th (22.17). The team finished 3rd in the day and 3rd overall.

Daniel Kershaw was once again first home for the club, crossing the line in 11th (11:41), Ola Ajelara continued his fine form to finish 17th (11:50) and Logan Smith closed the team for the first time in 21st (12:00). Other finishers were Jacob Welton (30th in 12:23), Oliver Field (34th in 12:37), Jack Gregory (37th in 12:44) and Cameron Drake (60th in 15:12).

The U13 boys finished 3rd on the day and 4th overall.

The U15 boys were led home by Freddie Gibson in 3rd place (13:44). This result secured him the individual silver medal, Alfred Moisan was next home in 24th place (14:56) and Dillon Gregory completed the team of three in 27th place (15:09),. Support was provided by Louie Gear (28th in 15:10), Declan Tighe (42nd in 16:07), Maxime Foissy (51st in 17:01) and Cameron Davis (56th in 19:06).

The U15 boys finished 3rd on the day and were 3rd overall.

As a result of their performances over the season, Daniel Kershaw (U13) and Freddie Gibson (U15) have been selected to compete for Kent in the Southern Intercounties at Horspath, Oxford on December the 9th.