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Kent County AA C-C Championships, Brands Hatch, 4 January 2020

Official Kent County CC results here... 5-01-20

 

2020 got under way in chilly but bright weather on the fields around the iconic Brands Hatch motor racing circuit with the 2020 Kent Cross Country Championships. BBHAC athletes have clearly continued their training over the festive period posting some fine performances, winning one individual gold, one silver, two bronzes and two team gold and 4 team silvers.

In a day dominated by our Kent neighbours Tonbridge AC is was good to see BBHAC young athletes mixing it up and our strength and depth was rewarded by winning many county medals.

The U13 girls got proceedings under way and the young squad of eight combined well to win team silver. Molly-May Mooney-Clarke had another strong run placing 6th, followed by an impressive run from Megan Barlow in 9th just in front of Luciana Smith, who has two more years in this age group, in a fine 10th. Marie Salamanca ran well crossing the line in 12th and two debutants performing very well on their first outing for the club were Kyla Dervish in 25th and Isla pink in 26th. Amber Cockburn was a good 30th and Maddie Marston continued her full season placing 40th.



Megan, Molly- May and Luciana

 

Five U13 boys took to the 3k circuit determinedly and in a close battle won a great team silver. Josh Healy led them home in a strong 11th with young Jed Starvis running well in 20th backed up by Jasper Brooks in 23rd. Hendri Versterís run secured team silver as despite having the same team points as Medway and Maidstone Hendri finished 28th, one place in front of our rival, thus securing the silver. Harry Fage completed the squad crossing the line in 32nd.



Jasper, Jed, Josh and Hendri

 

BBHAC U15 girls have dominated the Kent league all winter so it was no surprise that they won the team gold but they had to work hard to achieve this. Hannah Clark ran hard and deserved her individual bronze medal placing a strong 3rd. Lily Meers pushed on well to finish 6th and year young Carys Firth was a strong 7th. Cameron Kelly-Gordon impressed with her 12th place as did Olivia Wauters finishing in 16th place and Olivia Magee Brown looked strong in 18th. Cara Gould was 26th, SP Maher 30th and Amelie Willars 35th completing the strong squad.

The U15 boys once again had good numbers running and their depth won them a well deserved team silver. Matt Smith looked strong placing an impressive 4th as did Alessio Tutt in a great 8th. Thomas Sugdenís efforts placed him 26th just a couple of places in front Miles Brown, making his BBHAC debut, in 28th. Ted Marston crossed the line in 33rd and George Shaw continues his comeback with a good 40th. Nathaniel Brunner finished in 52nd and Jonny Ellerton, making his cross country debut completed the squad in 58th.

 


Thomas, Miles and Matt
 

Four girls made up the U17 team and they all ran well securing team gold. Ailbhe Barnes looked very strong winning a fine silver in 2nd and Zoe White looked equally as impressive winning bronze in 3rd. Isabelle Stoneham placed a fine 5th just in front of Ellie Osmond placing a solid 6th.

With four to score in the U17 boys races we were fortunate enough to have four running and their collective efforts were good enough to win team silver. Oliver Bright looked strong and determined throughout his 6k effort and was a worthy winner claiming the Kent County title. Tom Brash looked good placing 9th with Jake Leng putting in a good effort finishing 22nd. Callum Horton in his first Kent County Champs will be pleased with his strong run crossing the line in 28th but more importantly helping the team secure team silver.

 


Jake, Tom, Oliver and Callum
 

With only one U20 woman and one U20 man running no team prizes were up fro grabs but Amy Leach, 8th and Joe Georgiadis 15th both competed well for the club.
 

Paul Austridge

 


 

As part of the build up to the National Blackheath returned to Brands Hatch this Saturday just gone to contest the Kent XC Championships. In an unusual piece of good fortune the usually freezing and wet course featured the rare sight of the sun during the afternoon strengthening everyone's resolve and allowing us to concentrate on racing.

Despite an illness ruining his week, team manager Ross Braden stepped up to the plate with a controlled 11th place to lead the team home without putting undue pressure on himself. The next Heathens to finish were Danny Brewer and Tom Desborough in 26th and 27th respectively after a cat and mouse battle that drove them to higher finishes than they would have attained otherwise. Dan Kennedy was the fourth man in 32nd after another well judged race to move through the field as other competitors dropped off. The ever consistent Luca Ercolani strengthened the scoring sextet in 59th, and Oscar Hussey made a bold and welcome step up to the Senior ranks despite expecting to run the U20 race by coming 70th and ensuring we came 4th in the 6 to score category.

Paul Sharpe made good on his promise of making up for the gluttony of Christmas by finishing 106th, Chris Tuck was close behind in 115th as he continues to improve, and Greg Firth performed strongly once again to place 128th. Jason Meers continued the trend of the team packing well in 137th, and Tim Ayres completed the team in 153rd. Sadly it was 1 short of a full 12 for the 2nd year in a row, but you can't have everything.

Up the Heath!

Chris, Dan & Ross

 

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