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Brussels 2012

A large group of athletes travelled to Brussels the weekend before Christmas. The Belgium event attracts over a thousand athletes from all ages 8 and upwards.

 

In the under 11 boy’s event Joseph Fox performed very well finishing a very creditable 7th out of a field of 104.

 

We are fortunate to have an Ashford AC athlete train with us, Jess Carly, who ran 10th out of 82 competitors, although the course was quite badly cut up and muddy.

 

The next race brings two of our under 12 boys together in a race of 82 individuals of the same age, Kane Clay finishing in 19th and Douglas Noel just behind in 24th

 

Embarking on her first cross country season with us was Ella Fox and seasoned athlete Anna Weston. They took on the 62 other young ladies from Europe to finish 17th and 24th respectively. 

 

By far our strongest race in terms of number of competitors was the next girl’s race. Bobby Clay went out very hard with Amy Old hanging on to her for the first part of the race. Bobby managed to win overall with Amy unfortunately falling back to 22nd despite a very brave effort. Lilly Coward worked her way through the field to finish strongly in 16th. The third member of the Fox family Abigail worked very hard and with much grit and determination managed to finish 21st.

 

Emily McKane produced a very stern race on a difficult course finishing in 30th position. A big congratulation to Lucy Roper who must be put forward for most determined athlete on what was clearly a challenging course; she made it round and with a very spirited finish in 39th place.

 

Next up is the ever improving and very strong competitor, whatever race you put him in, Jack Goss. This was a long fast race with many twists and turns which saw Jack finish in the medals, 3rd out of 52 other young men. Jack is a real credit to us as a club and the sport in general. James Pitcher in the same race was clearly "up for this" and went off very strongly and held on to finish 16th just in front of the charging Barney Howard, just one place behind in 17th. Ben Hall with single-minded focus powered home, coming in 47th overall.

 

The next race, a nail biter to the finish, saw two IEK ladies battle it out and leave Europe way behind. This was a thrilling race, which I personally would have paid to watch. The race saw Alex Clay and Rebecca Weston thrashing it out at the front of the field. First one would lead then the other then they would be stride for stride until the last 200m when Alex kicked and made a decisive break to win the race, with Rebecca very closely behind on this occasion. How lucky we are to have genuine world class athletes racing in our colours - just fantastic.

 

Drama unfolds for Sam Hudson in what was a sprint cross country, he lost his shoe very early on (and didn't retrieve it) but he continued at pace to finish towards the front of the field.

 

Lastly Jake Rogers and Jack Smith perhaps not running their best races dug deep and battled it out to finish 41st and 51st respectively.

 

The two groups travelled in separate convoys of cars and mini buses. Peter’s group stayed in the centre of Brussels at the very best five star hotel, THE METROPOLE, courtesy of some help from a sponsor. All agreed that it would be a great event for more people to come to and a fabulous mini break for parents just before Christmas. We hope more and more people join us for 2013's expedition!

 

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RALPH NOEL

Club Chairman