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Kent League XC Match 4 – Swanley Park 25/11/23

For the final Kent League XC race of the year, held on November 25th at Swanley park, the weather decided instead of thick mud and pouring rain, it was going to be freezing cold temperatures, rock solid ground and numb feet, with many athletes wrapped up in dry robes on the start line till the very last minute.

The well known course had some changes since last year, with a new field to run round twice and no 400 metre section around the lake. The relatively flat course allowed for some fast times and fantastic finishes over the 5k distance (although many believing it was longer).

In the U17 girls Blackheath and Bromley had: Megan Slattery 4th in a time of 19:56, leading her to overall victory for all 4 league races. Megan Barlow finished 6th u17 in a time of 20:28 and third overall placing in the 4 league races. Kyla Dervish finished 9th in a time of 21:04, Amber Cockburn finished 18th in a time of 22:50, Jessica Kelly finished 20th in a time of 23:13 Isla Pearson finished close behind in 21st with a time of 23:21.

Moving on to the u20 women: The 4 league races overall standings meant Carys Firth took the victory and finished 2nd U20w at Swanley in a time of 19:22, Olivia Magee-Brown finished in 7th U20w with a time of 20:37, Emily Debacker arrived from uni for her first Kent league of the year and finished 10th u20w with a time of 22:24. An amazing set of results from both age groups meant that the U17w took 2nd place over the 4 Kent league races as a team and the U20w took 1st!

– Olivia Magee-Brown

Speaking later to Megan Barlow (6th U17W) she said of the day: “Yesterday was the last Kent League of 2023 at Swanley Park, and was possibly my best run of the 4. I felt strong the whole way and had a fast finish, coming in at 20:28 and finishing 6th. This meant that over the 4 matches I came 3rd overall, so was awarded a bronze trophy. My overall finishing position also meant I got selected to rep Kent at the Oxford inter-counties on December 9th”

This was the final Kent XC League match for the young athletes and Paul Austridge kindly provided a full breakdown of an incredible set of results overall and for match 4. After the four race series BBHAC won team gold for the U13 boys, U15 boys, U15 girls, U17 girls and U20 women. We also placed second for the U13 girls and U17 boys. Unfortunately we had no team U20 men!

 
Individual top 10 on the day 
 
U13 boy – Zacchaeus Kelman 2nd, Jake Martin 5th, Finn Gotkine 6th, Nathan Crossan 7th Alex Smith 8th
 
U13 girls – Sofia Mossi 4th, Alba Homans- Yau 6th, Freya Pearson 8th and Elisabeth McGillivray 10th
 
U15 boys – Joe Scanes 1st, Joseph Hill 2nd, Nathan Clark 8th
 
U15 girls – Naimah Mossi 2nd and Aoife McDonagh 3rd 
 
U17 boys – Jed Starvis 2nd and Mark Constable 9th
 
U17 girls – Megan Slattery 4th, Megan Barlow 6th and Kyla Dervish 9th
 
U20 women – Carys Firth 2nd, Olivia Magee Brown 7th and Emily De Backer 10th
 
U20 men no runners
 
Individual overall league (Trophies for top 3)   31 of our YA competed in all four KLXC fixtures 
 
U13 boy – Zacchaeus Kelman 1st, Alex Smith 3rd, Jonny Lee 6th, Benj Evans 15th and Mathew Tootell 20th
 
U13 girls – Alba Homans- Yau 4th, Freya Pearson 6th, Isabella Jenkins 7th, Harriet Hughes 10th, Freya Denbow 17th
 
U15 boys – Joseph Hill 1st, Nathan Clark 5th, James shaw 9th and Oliver Ward 16th
 
U15 girls – Aoife McDonagh 2nd, Sophie Tran 6th, Leah Kyriacou 8th, Rowan Pearson 9th, Lydia Marston 10th, Lily Bridgeman 11th, Eva Denbow 12th and Jessica Lingham 15th 
 
U17 boys – Mark Constable 4th, Harry Fage 5th and Ryan Alford – Smith 8th
 
U17 girls – Megan Slattery 1st, Megan Barlow 3rd and Kyla Dervish 7th and Islay Pearson 11th
 
U20 women – Carys Firth 1st and  Olivia Magee – Brown 7th
 
Senior woman are also on a roll with 1, 2 and 3, great to see. They won the 3 to score and 6 to score with one fixture in February remaining.
 
– Paul Austridge

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