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Senior’s Race Report-Kent League Match 2, Somerhill School, Tonbridge (26/10/13)

 

Well, sadly I wasn’t able to be there on Saturday, as I was at Anfield, with the privilege of watching a genius at work in Luis Suarez. In the circumstances, I will therefore be keeping it brief this week, with the information I have available.


Pleasingly, despite a number of runners missing this weekend, including Donald Carter and Chris Holmes, we did manage to get a team out for the senior men, with Tim Corby, James Brooke, Robert Whittaker and Michael Gallyer-Barnett coming 14th in the team results, and gaining 5 points in the league standings. The team currently stands at 11th in the overall standings, and the hope is that we will climb the table in the coming fixtures, with several runners returning to support the ultra-reliable bunch. Tim, Michael and Rob in particular have been near enough ever-presents for a number of years now, and are fantastic guys to be able to call upon, whatever the occasion or weather.


Individually, Tim returned to serious form with a top 10 finish, coming seventh, so well done to him. James and Rob also improved significantly on their performances at Swanley, with both finishing in the top 70, as opposed to the 84th and 95th placed finishes. This time, James finished 64th, and Rob 69. That one certainly has the makings of a closely fought rivalry which may yet develop as the season goes on. I hope it does. Michael, who is recovering from injury at the moment, did himself great credit to get to the start line on Saturday, with Somerhill being one of the toughest courses on the Kent Cross Country circuit. He finished 139th on the day, in well under 50 minutes. Well done Michael, you should be more than happy with that, particularly not fully fit and in your first cross country of the season.


In the women’s race meanwhile, four also turned out, accumulating eight match points for the day, finishing 7th and leaving them fourth in the overall rankings. Here’s hoping for them to finish the season on the podium. It certainly looks to be a realistic possibility at the minute.

 

Emily McKane led the women home, and continues to improve at a rate of knots. Once again, she finished in the top 10, coming 8th. Only a matter of seconds behind was Sharon Hawkins, coming in at 11th place, truly belying her age as a V45. I can only hope my body and mind are both in a similar state at that age. Sarah Hotham and Janice Moorkite came in at 62nd and 73rd respectively, with both completing the course in under half an hour. Janice, I understand, is training up for another marathon shot next year. Cross Country will certainly get you fit Janice, so keep it up, and good luck with that.

 

Well done everyone, and see you all next time.

 

Nick Little (Cross-country Captain)