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2011 XC Intercounties

Unofficially, this could be the UK cross-country championships because it's the only time when the best 8 from each of 45 UK counties ALL compete together. 


After the English National XC at Alton Towers on Feb 19in heavy mud, Cofton Park was a gentle green meadow over which all 10 IEK selected for Kent put in exciting performances, making it impossible to decide the run of the day






 Saturday 5 March 2011




Under 15 Girls
11th last year as an u-13, Bobby Clay arrived at Cofton with all eyes on her recent rich seam of good form - Kent Champion (early January) .... 11th at Regionals (Parliament Hill, end January)... 5th in National Clubs event at Alton Towers Feb 19 

Bobby Clay (2nd from RIGHT) at halfway stage


Bobby duly gave another sizzling performance - 4th against older more experienced athletes. narrowly missing National bronze by just 3 seconds... and in the process taking some notable scalps like Surrey's Ruth Bourne who competes for Tonbridge AC and hitherto unbeaten by a Kent girl for 2 years

In her first Kent Royal Blue vest, Amy Old (called up only days earlier) was a strong 6th Kent girl home in 200th of 291 finishers



Amy Old in her first Kent AA vest

Under 17 Men
Last year (when a year young) Kieran Reilly was 5th u-17 Kent man in 79th AND more than 2 mins behind the winner
This time out Kieran was an eye-catching 27th (3rd Kent finisher) and was deservedly pleased to have whittled the margin to just under a minute behind the winner. 

Some 45 seconds behind Kieran Luke Dawson improved to 96th as a 1st year u-17 compared to 104th in last year's u-15 event.


Kieran Reilly focused on top 30 target

27th now after 79th last year

Under 17 Women
In u-17 Ellie Hume was below par but finished 103rd and 3rd Kent athlete.


Red Sparrows out in force for Kent

Under 20 Men
Performance of the day by IEK athletes came from Jason Prickett who, last year was 3rd Kent Man home in 61st and 3 minutes behind the winner

Pictured at Cofton, Jason was leading Kent man


and looked strong and well-balanced to finish 12th, just 45 seconds away from automatic selection for Great Britain at the World Championships in Spain next month

Under 20 Women
Emily Hosker Thornhill moved dramatically up the order from 122 u-17 last year to 53rd u-20 this year, sandwiched between two nationally ranked Melissa's (Courtney and Hawtin) who were 4th & 5th respectively last year. 

under 13s
Gutsiest performances came from 3 young training partners, all racing in the biggest fields of the day

Max Shelpey has only raced a handful of races but showed maturity beyond his years with a patient opening phase then picking off rivals in the latter stages to finish 193rd among 297

In the largest field of the day , Anna Weston  (123) was 3rd Kent girl and and Kelsey Fuss  (149) was 6th Kent girl among 305 of the country's best under-13 athletes   



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