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Busy month for the club’s middle distance athletes as cross country racing starts

Posted on 25 November 2021

Our middle distance athletes were busy in November, taking part the English Cross Country Association’s English National Cross Country Relays, the Chiltern Cross Country League (including British Athletics Cross Challenge) and the ESAA Schools Cup.

The English Cross Country Association’s English National Cross Country Relays

The ECCA English National Cross Country Relays were held at Mansfield, Nottingham on Saturday 6th November 2021. WSEH AC placed an excellent 2nd in 2 of the races with Rachel Clutterbuck( 5th fastest time 08.58.75 on the slightly shorter leg 1), Jemima Ridley (4th fastest 09:22.25 on leg 2) and Freya Ruffels (3rd fastest 09:06.95 on the final leg) taking 2nd place behind Vale Royal AC in the U17 Women’s race. In the same race the B team of Jessica Hatch, Keshni Manek and Kiki Webb finished an admirable 7th.

The U13 boys’ team of George Hilliar, James Farley and Jake Meyburgh also finished 2nd, with Jake moving the team from 12th to 2nd place whilst running the fastest time (06:40.10) on leg 3. Aaron Shiel and Blas Rivero-Stevenet ran in the B team but unfortunately didn’t have a 3rd runner to complete the race for the team.

Our U17 men’s team of Luke Birdseye, George Thomas and Frank McGrath placed 7th with Luke (08:57.00) running the 2nd fastest time on the slightly shorter leg 1 and Frank (09:27.50) on the final leg. The B team of Sam Nesbitt, Oliver Emment and Alex Bishop finished 15th and the C team of Josh Mingoia, Toby Spencer and Daniel Hasan Diaz were 45th.

The Junior Men’s A team of Matty Smith, Liam Stone and Raphael Rivero-Stevenet finished in 9th place with the B team (Sam Hodgson, Will Goddard and Tom Chandler) less than 30 seconds behind in 15th. Liam ran the 2nd fastest time on leg 2.

Our Junior Women’s team of Jasmine Young, Katie Clutterbuck and Maya Hodgson placed 9th with Katie (09:33.95) running the 6th fastest time on the 2nd leg.

The U13 Girls (Phoebe Fuller, Tara Ferguson and Zoe Allan), running in their 1st ever cross country race at this level finished a fine 13th with Zoe (08:02.00) recording the 9th fastest time on leg 3.

Tara Ferguson, Photo Adrian Royle

The club fielded two U15 Girls’ teams with Ella Davey, Amy Cooper and Ana Passos finishing 25thand Abigail Farley, Stephanie Massie and Aashni Manek finishing 42nd. Our U15 Boys’ team of Guy Branston, Ben Dewar and Nathan Rollins finished 30th.

Sadly, we could only field 2 runners in the Senior Women’s race, but Alex Barbour had an excellent run on leg 1 to finish in 10th place before handing over to Tilly Compton-Stewart who ran the 2nd leg.

Alex Barbour

Full results of the ECCA English National Cross Country Relays are available here.

Race photos from the ECCA English National Cross Country Relays are available here.

The Chiltern Cross Country League (including British Athletics Cross Challenge) 13th November 2021

The 2nd of 5 Chiltern Cross Country League races took place at Tear Drop Lakes, Milton Keybes on Saturday 13th November. The event was also one of the 5 British Athletics Cross Challenge events, with some of the UK’s best cross country athletes taking part.

The Chiltern League provides an opportunity for U11 runners to take part. Elloiuse James, Zlata Osipov, Betty Kellerman, Somto Aneke, Chloe Lewis and Zara Davey all took the opportunity to complete their 1st ever cross country for the club with, Zlata placing 11th, Zara 13th, Elloiuse 28th, Betty 32nd, Chloe 34th and Somto 42nd. Narayan Bhambra was 22nd in the U11 Boy’s race.

L-R Elloiuse James, Ziata Osipov, Betty Kellerman, Somto Aneke and Zara Davey all thoroughly enjoyed their 1st ever cross country race!

Rickie Harvie was the 1st finisher for the club in the Senior Men’s race in 24th position. Daniel Brookling was 38th, Hugo Donovan 44th, Sebastian Cirillo 73rd, Toby Rowlands 148th and Alex Webb 238th. In the Senior Women’s race, Alex Barbour finished 22nd (and 3rd in the Chiltern lague Division 1 race) with Izzy Rayner in 76th, Juliet Soane 174th and Vicky Brookling 226th.

Rickie Harvey

In the joint U20/U17 Women’s race, Jasmine Young (U20) was the club’s 1st finisher in 32nd place (5th in Division 1 of the league and 17th U20), closely followed by Jess Hatch (U17) in 32nd (6th Div 1 and 18th U17), Keshni Manek (U17) 39th (7th Div 1 and 19th U17). Other finishers were Kiki Webb 47th, Hannah Woolley 70th, Milly Murphy 78th and Lily Rolfe 83rd.

Stephanie Massie was the highest finisher in the U15 Girls’ race placing 19th (11th Div 1) with Abigail Farley, Amy Cooper and Ella Davey not far behind in 22nd, 23rd and 24th places respectively. Aashni Manek was not far behind in 33rd, Ana Passos 54th, Mazie Tearle 69th and Sorcha Lally 91st.

In the U13 Girls’ race, Phoebe Fuller was 16th (8th Div 1), with Sofia Sabbah 65th.

The U20/U17 Men’s race had the biggest turnout for the club with 15 representatives. Raphael Rivero-Stevenet was 25th with Matty Smith not far behind in 33rd, Luke Birdseye (9th U17) in 37th, Tom Chandler 40th, Frank McGrath 55th (19th U17), Will Goddard 57th, Oliver Emment 60th (22nd U17), George Thomas 78th (38th U17), Ben Rowe 81st, Alex Bishop 87th (45th U17), Kirk Finlay 94th, Daniel Hasan Diaz 98th (55th U17), Christopher Baker 100th, Toby Spencer 107th (62nd U17) and Meher Baga 119th (74th U17).

In the U15 Boy’s race Ben Dewar was the top club finisher in 14th with Alexander Didaskalu in 26th, Guy Branston 32nd, Thomas Taylor 37th, Nathan Rollins 66th, Sohan Nath 73rd, Sam Thuo 80th.

With Jake Meyburgh competing at the ESAA Schools Cross Country Cup, James Farley was our 1st finisher in the U13 Boy’s race, coming an excellent 12th. Aaron Shiel was not far behind in 14th, Oliver Bedford 39th and Bruce Gribble 34th.

Full results are available here.

Photos from the races at Milton Keynes are available here, however, in line with Chiltern XC League’s Photographic Policy, photos were only taken for age-group races U17 and above.

ESAA English Schools Cross Country Cup

Some of the club’s young athletes were also been busy representing their schools in the ESAA English Schools Cross Country Cup regional finals which were also held in November. At the South East event in Tonbridge on 13th November, Jake Meyburgh (St George’s College) was 1st in the Junior Boys’ race, Tara Ferguson (St George’s College) 5th in the Junior Girls race and Summer Chapman (Guildford High School) 7th in the Inter Girls race with both Jake and Summer’s school age group teams qualifying for the national finals to be held in Newquay, Cornwall on 4th December 2021. In the South West Region competition held in Taunton on the same day, Sam Hodgson (Reading Blue Coat) won the Senior Boys’ race and George Hilliar (Reading Blue Coat) was 7th in the Junior Boys’ event with their age group teams also qualifying for the final. In the East Central Regional final held on 19th November Aashni Manek (Wycombe High School) was 12th in the Inter Girls’ race and her school team also qualified for the final.

Aashni Manek, Photo Adrian Royle

Race results available via the links below:

South East Tonbridge Junior Boys

South East Tonbridge Junior Girls

South East Tonbridge Inter Girls

South West Taunton Junior Boys

South West Taunton Senior Boys

East Central Inter Girls