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Kent X-C Somerhill Race Report 25 Oct 2014

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The second event on the calendar brings us to a course you either love or hate …a wonderful last day of British summer time..bright sunshine quite warm going good to firm..

 

So leading the way was the u13 girls. For us the undeniably ultra talented Alex Millard and the ever improving Freya Lee. 54 young ladies lined up to tackle an early rather steep hill… Alex rather sensibly followed the leading group of about 4 girls around the first half of the course choosing to make her move in the last third of the race..when frankly she just blew them all away, to lead by at least 40m..her second consecutive win she had certainly announced herself in this league…Freya is a young lady with much talent ,very much “one to watch” for the future a consistent run over a course which was harder for the taller runners I would suggest..22nd place secure a good effort..

 

Next up the u13 boys of Joe Laffey,Oliver Weston, Joe Fox & Alex Holliday….Joe Laffey is a born racer ..he fought hard to stay with the front group finishing an excellent 6th the same position as the first race..Oliver Weston next over the line 14th goes without saying the he is one of our most consistent young runners..Joe Fox following just over twenty seconds later in 19th so clearly building on from his success at the previous race gaining 7 places great progress Joe…Lastly Alex Holliday 31st…Alex has completed over 50 park runs and is still finding his way at cross country..i think he is just about to turn a corner as I know he wasn’t happy with this position and I’m confident he now knows what he has to do to improve on it..i so look forward to it..

 

In the u15 girls Jesse Carley did turn a corner !!..at last!! a day which herself, her mum, her coach and me the author knew was coming I saw her at about halfway and she along with Emily Bond and Ella Fox were all running in close formation. .well Jesse a good hill climber took it on up the long drag on the far side of the course next time I saw her was 150m from the finish leading the Invicta girls and in 10th place… chasing her down hard in the final metres was Ella Fox who as we know is a fierce and tough competitor just got the 10th place and Jesse the 11th place it was a great site to behold our girls really performing and racing hard…Emily as I said in my previous report is an outstanding track athlete in particular a nationally ranked 800m runner..and I don’t think this is her favourite time of the year..this certainly isn’t  a course suited to powerful fast middle distance runners but this is necessary if you want to break records in the summer this rough difficult running needs to be done there is no getting round it..I’m sure Emily was disappointed with her position (18th)but I urge her NOT to be, as she WILL reap the benefits next spring id bet my house on it….In my last report I did say Alice Mount was getting better and better and she certainly proved the point finishing very strongly in 21st….i do suggest we all watch this young lady as a top 15 finish by the end of the season is most definitely on the cards me thinks…

 

The u15 boys of Billy Harrup and Douglas Noel lined up with 58 other runners….Billy running very strongly of late and showing in the top ten of this race until halfway pulled out with severe stomach  cramps, did have something similar at training on Thursday but he is a brave lad and hoped it had gone in time for this race ..alas not so ,we wish him a speedy recovery.. Douglas like Emily is a track runner and even though I’m biased I think will see him turn into a fine 400/800m runner next summer and like Emily he hates this time of the year..but with much encouragement from me and I have to say belief from him he knows this is a necessary evil until he can find some indoor racing next year well done mate a 50th well fought place..

 

The U17 girls of Sarah Hall, Anna Weston  and Abbie Fox put on a great show for us…What has happened to Sarah Hall ?? I will tell you…. all the hard work ,graft and spirit is coming to fruition she looks like a different athlete ,running strong and confident a mighty impressive 4th place and who wouldn’t bet on her winning one of these..Kent vest beckons for this talented young lady well done Sarah. Also making great progress Anna Weston looks like a different runner to last season..confident, quick and determined she has most certainly got her running back and I think will be back in a Kent vest very soon 7th place…Abbie Fox too looked like she has shaken off whatever has been holding her back and very much looked like the runner I know she is ..a great step forward from her finishing in 13th excellent girls we are very proud..

 

Jamie Carley and Tom Platts lined up next for this u17 boys race…Jamie is a fine athlete and is starting to actually race these events he had said he would hold something back for the second half of the race..and he did, he made good progress and past a number of runners finishing in 16th..just two places behind him was Tom ..i honestly don’t know too much about Tom but he looks like a strong well defined athlete to me and the fact he finished so close to Jamie tells me he can run I look forward to getting to know him and shouting him on some more,well done Tom both of you a credit to our club..The u20 men ran in this combined race Dylan Rigby being very pleased with his 10th overall but 4th in his age group finish and proof he is getting back to full fitness after his injury and Ben Hall doing what he does best and getting better at the same time grinding out a fine 10th position in his age group…

 

The u20 women and senior ladies ran as one …if I said we had the first and second places secured those reading this and involved with the club wouldn’t need me to name names would we ??..of course not Bobby and Alex Clay dominate in Kent everyone knows how talented and strong they are ..but I think its their belief which is the difference..they have such belief that they don’t hang about waiting for the race to unfold they just go from the gun and race…what examples they are all our athletes,all our runners should look at them and think to themselves ..well if they can so can i..and you can !!! Belief is a huge part of becoming successful in whatever you want to achieve…Amy Old coming back from a lengthy injury showed she is not to be ignored either a fine 4th shows how far this young lady has come I suspect a one ,two three for Invicta is on the cards Amy is incredibly strong and determined, give her a few weeks back running and racing and I think it will be very interesting !!..Emily McKane is so consistent, she really is in the groove and seems to just cover the ground with some ease,A well deserved 11th place the reward for a fine run..24th was Lilley Coward..i think like Emily and Douglas ,Lilley is more at home on the track and I think getting her indoor running early in the new year will be a good move..it was however a gutsy performance over this hard course..well done Lilley..Kyla Clay in great form and even cracking a joke as she passed the tent had an outstanding run finishing 28th followed by Sarah Hotham 44th making good progress after a long painful summer I’m sure Sarah will be moving up the field as she races more..just five paces behind Vicky Talbot-Rosner showing she can still perform with the best of them, good to see her and Sue Cooper back racing this season ,73rd place for Sue her reward …

 

Abel Tsegay and his coach Peter Mullervy decided it maybe better for Abel to race in the senior race instead of his u20 age group..the thinking is he may get a good race and be pushed hard…that turned out to be an understatement…3 laps, 10k of this gruelling course and a real battle for 1st ensued….Abel always in the top three,but moving into second on the final lap pushed past the Blackheath and Bromley athlete to take grip of first place whilst descending the second to last hill ..and if I’m honest I thought he would push home that advantage and get away ..but alas it wasn’t to be the B&B athlete had other ideas and hung on…he attacked Abel just before the start of the final climb and pushed onto to finish some 40 m in front of Abel..it was a valiant effort from our man but hats of to Alex Littlewood from Blackheath he ran strong and won fair and square..a great work out for Abel though and I cant wait until the nationals to see what he can do on the big stage…Tim Corby was our next runner home in 12th..he is such a quality athlete very competitive and uber consistent..oh and a nice guy too..making a return to cross country after I think 2 decades was Domonic O Mahoney ..now I’ve watched Dom train the last few weeks and he can move on the track, mixing it up with some of our finest athletes and he wasn’t too shabby at this event 56th place first time out with 179 other runners is incredible  well done Dom..

 

So that’s it tent down all of home tired legs knackered joints and that’s just Peter see you all in two weeks !!

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