Eighteen young athletes from RPAC took part in the Surrey Schools XC Championships on Saturday. All those taking part had qualified for these Championships by competing to a high standard in the district races held around Surrey before Christmas.
With the top six finishers in each age group guaranteed selection for the Surrey Schools team competing at the English Schools XC Championships in Leeds on 16th March, the competition was fierce. Huge congratulations to Lucy Broderick, 4th in the Inter-Girls race, and Lucy Dénecé, 4th in the Junior Girls race, who have both been confirmed in the Surrey team.
In addition to the English Schools National Championships there are two South East Schools Inter-counties matches coming up. Lucy Broderick will be joined by Emelye Kenyon-Brown and Katie Driver in the Surrey Senior Girls and Inter-Girls teams competing in Hampshire on 2nd February. The Surrey Year 7 and Year 8 teams are competing in Sussex on 23rd March and RPAC have a strong presence with Lucy Dénecé joined by Gusie Lewis, Shakila Keable, Samuel Stapley, Sam Rolaston and Will John-Cox.
In addition to those mentioned above, there were plenty of other strong runs from the club's juniors. In the Senior Girls, Poppy Wardley and Pippa Wonders. In the Junior girls Eva Marsh and Zara Watkinson. In the U13 girls Alessia Turner, Lilah Unwin, Lily Woodhams and Holly Elliott. Freddie Fowler ran well in the Junior boys race.
The big races keep coming at this time of year with several off to Parliament Hill this Saturday to compete in the South of England XC Championships.
Pictures from the Surrey Schools:
The annual Surrey XC Championships took place last Saturday at Lloyd Park in Croydon.
In the U13 girls race, a determined run by Lucy Dénecé saw her come home in 2nd place to pick up the Silver medal. A top six finish also guaranteed Lucy an automatic place in the Surrey team for the CAU UK Inter-Counties XC Championships in Loughborough on 9th March.
In the team event at Croydon, Lucy was joined by Genevieve Alcock, Shakila Keable, Alessia Turner, Lilah Unwin, Lily Woodhams and Yasmine Badawi in seeing the RPAC U13 girls finish 5th. Our U13 boys team of Samuel Stapley, Gus Lewis, Will John-Cox, Sam Rolaston, Chris Hodgetts, Ben Wright, Kai Adams and Ollie Burnett finished in 8th place. Only Gus moves up to U15 next year so the boys have gained valuable experience this time round.
Amongst the older runners there were several impressive performances including from Noah Young, Oscar Curry and Joe Walker in the U15 boys race, Imogen Gregory, (U15G), Emelye Kenyon-Brown (U17W) and Eloise Bull in the U20 women's race.
Pics from Croydon:
The annual Surrey (Bruce Judd) XC Relay Championships took place at Stoke Park in Guildford on Saturday.
Six teams from RPAC competed with each team member running the same lap of c.2.5K around Stoke Park. Our U17W's team finished in 4th place. Lucy Broderick ran our quickest lap and finished with the 7th fastest individual lap time in the U17W's race.
There was a 4th place finish for our U13G'S A team too. With 15 complete teams (plus some incomplete teams with less than 3 runners) taking part, this was a great result.Two of our U13G'S finished amongst the top 10 individuals with the fastest laps. Lucy Dénecé was the 4th quickest and Shakila Keable the 7th quickest. In the U13B's race our A team were placed 7th with Samuel Stapley running the 14th quickest individual lap (66 boys took part). Our U15B's team finished 13th with all three runners completing their individual laps in almost identical times, all being within 4 seconds of each other.
Several of the RPAC athletes have been selected to represent Surrey Schools in the annual West Midlands Inter-Counties XC match being held this year in Cheshire on Saturday 8th December. However, following Saturday's performances, a number are now likely to be switched to the Surrey County XC teams competing in the South of England Inter-Counties XC Championship in Oxford. Unfortunately, this year the dates clash.
Some of the RPAC runners at Guildford:
RPAC had a successful day at the Camberley Open on Sunday 18 November, winning nine medals in total, three individual ones and six team ones. On an attractive course through the woods and finishing on a very steep hill RPAC fielded sixteen runners across the various age groups.
Ada Heims took individual bronze in the U9 girls, finishing strongly to hold off a fast closing rival. In the U9 boys the team packed well with Callum Hart, George Turner and Oscar Birch, 6, 7 and 9 respectively. Robert Duncton also ran well to finish 11th.
In the U11 girls Jessica Randell ran with great determination to finish third despite being pushed hard all the way up the hill and to the finish. The highlight of the day though was the U11 boys where in a competitive field Max Orchard put in an impressive sprint to snatch second place in the last ten metres. Ollie Burnett and Harry Peters also had good races finishing 7th and 11th respectively to ensure RPAC won the team silver. This race saw our strongest turn out of the day with Will Shortall, Ethan Else, Isaac Beckett and Bertie Morgan all placed well.
In the U13 boys race Joel Lawrence was our sole competitor and had to navigate the hill twice, running strongly to finish 9th. In the U13 girls Alessia Turner ran well to finish 8th and Phoebe Taylor had a good race also.
The first Surrey League xc matches took place on Saturday 13th October with the Boys racing in Richmond Park and the Girls on Wimbledon Common.
The highlight for the Boys teams was 7th place in the U13's with 15 clubs competing. As we had no Y8's in the team, they can all still compete in the U13's next year too. Samuel Stapley 14th, and Sammy Rolaston 16th, were our two highest placed runners.
In the Girls match the U13 team finished in 4th place, again with 15 clubs taking part. Lucy Dénecé and Shakila Keable had exceptional races coming home in 4th and 5th place respectively.
The 2nd round of matches takes place on Saturday 10th November. The boys are on Wimbledon Common at 2.30 and the Girls in Nonsuch Park, Cheam with the U17/U15 race at 12.00 and the U13's at 12.30.
The U13B's at Richmond Park:
Some of our U13G's running at Wimbledon Common: