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Kent XC League Match 2 - Somerhill  -  Saturday 28 October 2011

Senior Men are 2nd team...... by ONE point

Red Sparrows undefeated - Bobby in dominant mood 

Sarah Hall's debut ensures u-13 Girls get verdict over Dartford

IEK fielded 34 athletes in 6 complete teams (3 male and 3 female) out of a possible 10 across the 5 age goups -  the first time  we've had more than 3 complete teams this season

With their 2nd consecutive team win, the u-15 Girls reign supreme in the League with 2 matches to go - our Senior Men stormed to 2nd for the first time in almost 20 years, pipped by Tonbridge by a single point.

National 800m track champion Bobby Clay remains undefeated at cross-country in Kent for 3 seasons, majestically winning the u-15 Girls by a handsome margin, and leading the victorious Red Sparrows who packed 5 into the first 11 – Anna Weston was 5th, and Amy Old, Ellen Whitehead and Lilly Coward (not all that far apart) were 9, 10 and 11th. 

Lydia Gallyer Barnett and Willow Forrest, relative newcomers to the cross-country team, were 19th & 21st respectively in a field of 38 finishers.

In the Senior Men's race, 19 year-old Jason Prickett 2011KentXCLge9SomerhillJasonPrickett.JPGproved his 3rd individual place in the first outing at Swanley was no fluke - Dean Lacy (Cambridge Hrs) Michael Coleman (M&M) and Jason (right) repeated the 1st 2nd & 3rd achieved at Swanley this time with a bigger margin ahead of the field - probably because they didn't go off course in the early stages as they did at Swanley..


In a race of 191 finishers, Jason (3) & Kieran Reilly (10) (both u-20) led our 8-strong Senior Men's team who packed 7 in the top 33 - our 3rd and 4th scorers were Mark Wilkins (13) & Chris Holmes (14) giving us a total 40 pts for 2nd, behind Tonbridge's 39 and with 2 matches to go, our Men are 3rd in a league of 19 Kent clubs 

Bedford & County athlete Tom Corbett (an u-20 who is 2nd claim IEK while studying in Canterbury) was 19th - another u-20 Alex Newson was 25th while Tim Corby 2011KentXCLge7SomerhillMichaelGB.JPGmoved up from 63rd at Swanley to an impressive 33rd at Somerhill.

Michael Gallyer Barnett (right) our only vet  on the day was 158th.

Our Senior Women (all either vet or u-20) were 6th team, led by 19 year-old Emily Hosker Thornhill who in 3rd proved her 3rd individual placing in the 1st match at Swanley was not a flash in the pan.

The fast improving Kyla Clay, had set an IEK vet-35 800m record at the club championships in September and her winter training is starting to show : at Somerhill Kyla finished strongly to dip into the top 30 in a field of 99 finishers, with Vicky Talbot Rosner (40) Sue Cooper (46) and Beth Burnett 51st.

Lucy Clarke marked her cross-country debut in 79th which would have made her 3rd scorer in at least 2 of the 13 clubs on the day.

Our u-17 and u-15 Boys each fielded a team for the first

time this season and both teams were 4th.

For the u-17s, three Reds raced together for the first time season - Jake Rogers (8th) was ably supported by Adam McKenna & Jack Smith 36th & 38th respectively.

James Pitcher was 9th but his lone u-15 Boys' run at Swanley was a memory - this time he had 3 training partners for a compltee team - Barney Howard stalked him all the way to finish 10th, just 3 seconds adrift - Max Shepley and Ben Hall were only 10 seconds apart in 24th and 26th respectively, and Ashley Paine was 43rd in a field of 46 finishers

For the first time this season the u-13 Girls fielded a complete team - regulars Holly Fielder (17) and Maddy Young (21) were joined by newcomers Lily Whitehead and Sarah Hall who made impressive debuts in 30th & 31st to clinch 6th team place from Dartford Harriers. 

Both clubs tied on 68 points through the total of positions of 3 scoring runners - we got the verdict because our 3rd scorer, Lily Whitehead (30) was ahead of Dartford’s 3rd girl who was 32nd

The real winner here was Sarah Hall who was also in front of Dartford's 3rd scorer - had Sarah not run at all, our team points would still have been 68.... but it would also have meant Dartford's 3rd girl would have been 31st to make their total 67.... one better than us - well done Sarah for edging out Dartford's 3rd scorer.

in the u-20 Men’s race, Alistair Noel and Sam Hudson were 30 seconds apart in 3rd & 4th while  Ellie Hume (3rd) and Josh Richards (15th) were lone IEK runners in u-17 Women and u-13 Boys respectively