Kent League success for Blackheath & Bromley

Blackheath & Bromley athletes were out in force at the Kent Cross Country League races at Sparrows Den and they produced many fine individual and team performances. For the younger age groups this was the last race of the season and so it decided many of the overall titles. To add spice to the event it was also the Club Cross Country championships for the youngsters.

The results saw five members win overall titles for the season, the Club were top team in two age groups and second in the remaining ones.

Will Fuller won the under 17 mens race and in so doing secured the individual title. Third place in the race was Richard Webb and this gave him second overall. Tom Desborough completed the scoring in 16th leaving the Club second on the day and for the season.

Niamh Bridson Hubbard replicated Will’s victory in the womens race and took the title. With Charlotte Rhule 4th and Anna Myers in 7th they won the team race and Leah Everson also made the top ten. They were second in the overall standings.

The under 15 girls won as expected placing five athletes in the top ten led home by Jessica Keene in 2nd with Naomi Kingston 4th, Yasmin Austridge 5th, Georgina Taylor 6th and Kelsey Fuss, despite a fall, 8th. They dominated the individual placing for the season with Naomi 1st, Yasmin 2nd, Kelsey 3rd and Georgina 4th.

More fine packing in the boys race saw Marco Arcuri 5th, Aleksander Wiltshire 6th, Charlie Davis 7th, Jake Potter 8th and Joss Barber 9th securing 2nd place in the team contest and second overall. Marco finished third individual for the season.

There was a one-two in the under 13 boys contest courtesy of Michael Eagling and Peter Guy and with Henry James Cowie 5th they secured the team race on the day and overall. Good back up came from Coleman Corry with his best run of the season in 7th and from George Pope whose 8th place meant he was 4th individual of the year. Michael and Peter were winner and runner up.

Millie Smith won the girls race and is champion for the season. With Grace Scopes 5th and Alice Prentice 7th they were second in the team and overall silver medallists. Lauren Goddard in 9th also made the top 10. New member Jessica Sellar, competed as a guest and was the 2nd Club member across the line.

Will Ruiz was 2nd in the under 20 mens race and Kate Curran was similarly placed in the womens contest. Bethony Frost’s 8th place meant she was second overall and with Holly Fletcher 10th the Club were 2nd on the day and for the year. Impressively 40 youngsters across these age groups competed in all four races this season.

The afternoon also featured the third Senior Mens race of the year. Alex Gibbins led the Club home in 14th place with Danny Brewer 18th, Gareth Evans 22nd and Jon Vintner 49th. The team were 5th on the day and are currently placed 5th. They were 6th in the 12 to score.

The squad may have been stronger but the fixture clashed with the wedding of Andy Rayner and Elaine Murty to whom the Club sends its congratulations.

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