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Kent League 1 - Juniors - Swanley Park


Over 30 athletes turned out on a very warm Saturday at Swanley Park. This page contains the 23 junior results – see the associated page for the adult results.

First up U13 girls, Esther Laffey running very strongly to finish a fine 9th followed in by Laura Parish 20th and a very creditable first ever cross-country run by our new athlete Alice Mount (26th). An overall 4th team place was worked hard for and well deserved.

Nice to see an U13 boys team line up, a team with good strength in depth, alas missing young Oliver Weston who had raced the previous day. Joe Laffey ran a very strong race (and remember is a first year U13) finishing a super 13th. Kit Wear and Douglas Noel raced to the line finishing 19th and 20th respectively (in the same time), Garth Dugmore really dug deep in this race and finished very strongly in 33rd, Alex Holliday in his first race and following a disrupted night showed real strength of character finishing 41st. Well done all – another overall team 4th place.

In the U15 girls Ella Fox showed again her true grit with a very strong 7th. Emily Bond, coming back into form, gained a creditable 12th and Jesse Carley at last showing the kind of performance she has in her was just behind in 13th. Holly Fielder banked some good endurance training with a fine 16th, and the team result was 2nd overall – well done ladies.

In the U17s Amy Old led the race pretty much from start to finish. She showed real determination and is making good progress in all areas. A FABULOUS team win was brought about by our regular tower of strength and consistent Lilly Coward (5th) and our ever improving Anna Weston (6th) who is seriously getting her mojo back!! Just behind them (9th) was Abbie Fox who I have to say is training better than this performance might indicate. Lastly for Invicta Lydia Gallyer-Barnett 15th. Lydia needs to believe in herself a bit more, she was running at the same speed as the others but maybe needs to commit earlier in the race – nevertheless 15th was a great result!

In the U17 men Dylan Rigby was 9th now running with belief after what can only be described as a spectacular summer season, followed in by James Pitcher in 12th. James is a very consistent runner, sporting a new slick haircut – I recognised him mainly by his determined running. Barney Howard, who I think now has found his strengths lie in the shorter middle distances of 400m/800m, ran a very useful 25th, and first timer Jamie Carley really showed us what ability he has to come a strong 31st. Bobby Harrop came in 42nd – I think it fair to say cross country is not Bobby’s niche but credit to him as he recognises the benefits of a cross-country season which will pay dividends next summer.  Overall the team finished 4th. 

We had only one U20, William Stockwell. William has missed much of the pre-season build up with illness, but he showed in the summer with a sub 2-minute 800 he has got what it takes so I look forward to his recovery and him moving up the field. Nonetheless 7th was his reward.

Alas I couldn’t stay for the senior races as I had to get back to Canterbury so …… over to Nick Little on another page.


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