Kent League - Sparrows Den
This was a sad week for the world of athletics as we learned of the tragic loss of Lucy Pygott and Stacey Burrows from Aldershot Farnham and District Athletics Club, two top runners that many of Invicta athletes knew of.
A minutes silence was held at the start of the U17 Women's Kent Cross Country race in memory of the girls. Invicta U17 women then showed what they were made of, speeding around the fast flat first half of the course and climbing the woodland hills with strength before coming back to the flat for the finish. Ella Fox shone once again, finishing 5th and should earn herself a Kent vest. Jess Carley came into 12th and Alice Mount 15th and will wait to see if they may gain selection for the inter counties match in Oxford at the start of December.
Congratulations go to Charlie Brisley U15 boys and Alexandra Millard U15 girls, who have gained automatic selection for the Kent team with their top performances at these league races. Charlie romped home in 1st place again this weekend and Alexandra was placed 2nd after another epic battle through the mud!
Other strong contenders for Kent selection are Matthew Stonier, finishing 7th this week, showing what a consistent athlete he is over varying terrain. Tom Hutton, finishing 8th on Saturday is currently ranked 8th in Kent and again should stand a strong chance of selection.
The weather was of a more typical cross country nature this week and the U13 girls set off in the damp conditions. A superb team performance from these young ladies again with Jildou Chappell 16th, Isabelle Harding 18th and Emilia Stokes 19th. This sees them ranked 5th in the team competition.
Harrison White U13 boys had a much happier outing this week coming home in 50th with, without doubt, the fastest Invicta finish of the day!
As usual the U15 girls threw themselves at this course, Jean Foley improving into 11th place this week, Emily Heasman into 12th and Louise Flynn into 19th. Well done ladies! 3rd placed team so far this season.
The U15 boys followed Charlie and Matthew home with 18th for Sam Newson, 32nd for Alex Holliday, 36th for Joseph Fox and 42nd for an improving James Ackhurst. Well done chaps! Currently ranked 2nd team in Kent.
And so to the U17 boys who changed their order of finish again this week. Joseph Griffiths was back to form in 11th place, a much better outing for Cole Gibbens coming into 19th, just ahead of Marcus Etheridge in 20th. Joseph Whitby, taking it steady came home in 45th. This team has great cohesion with a sense of friendly rivalry to spur each other on at all times. They are currently ranked 4th in the team league.
Finally, Shishay Temlesco, in his first outing, came home 7th in the U20 Men, running at the U17 distance. And in the Senior Men, Yared Sebhat finished a very creditable 44th with Dom Woolford 86th after a gruelling 10k.