There were podium places for three RPAC Juniors at the Surrey Schools XC Championships held in Reigate Priory yesterday.
Lucy Broderick became an automatic selection for Surrey in the prestigious English Schools National XC Championships in Leeds on March 17th, finishing 3rd in the Inter-Girls (Y10 and 11) race. Matthew Pickering also took 3rd place, competing in the Y7 boys race. For Lucy Dénecé it was 1st place in the Y7 girls to become the 2018 Surrey Schools Y7 Girls XC Champion! All three faced tough competition with the field made up of runners who all had to pre qualify through their district races in the autumn.
For Matthew and Lucy Dénecé, English Schools qualification has to wait another year.
Running in wet, muddy conditions several more from RPAC qualified to run for Surrey Schools in the upcoming South East Inter-Counties XC matches with the U15's and up competing in Berkshire on February 3rd, and the U13/U14's in Sussex on 24th March. Full results from yesterday yet to be published.
Four young RPAC Athletes were selected in the Surrey U13 team for the South of England Inter-Counties XC Championships held in Oxford on Saturday.
Competing in freezing conditions against teams from eleven other counties, Matthew Pickering helped the U13 boys team to 2nd place and Lucy Dénecé, Izzy McManus and Eva Marsh helped the Surrey U13 girls to finish in 5th place. The standard of opposition they meet in the Southern Inter-Counties Championships is high, coming up as they do against the best cross country runners from across the South, and they can all be proud of their achievements in being selected to run for Surrey.
Maddy Pullen ran in the Surrey U17 Women's team and both Poppy Wardley (U17W), and Lucy Broderick (U15G), were also selected but unavailable on the day.
RPAC had a successful morning at the Camberley Open XC meeting on 19 November.
In the U9 girls Jessica Randell just missed a medal finishing in fourth place, whilst Emily Sheard ran strongly to finish thirteenth. In the U11 girls Katie Foss was our highest placed finisher in eighth and Lily Woodhams ran well to come in fourteenth. In the U13 girls Lucy Dénecé, who has been selected in the Surrey County team had an excellent run finishing second.
In the U11 boy's Will John-Cox came second and was well supported by Kai Adams, Harry Peters and Ollie Burnett who all had strong runs. In the U13 boys Matthew Pickering, who also is to be congratulated on his first county selection for Surrey, came third. But the highlight of the day was the U9 boys where Max Orchard won, Rory Beale was sixth and Tyler Giles also ran well, with the team winning first place in the team competition. A picture of the victorious team with their cup is set out below.
Congratulations to Matthew Pickering who won his race at the West Midlands Inter-Counties XC match on Saturday!
Running for Surrey Schools in Warwickshire, Matthew was first to finish in a race that saw the Surrey Schools team taking on Cheshire, Cumbria, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands. Gusie Lewis ran well too, finishing 19th in a field of 83.
Matthew becomes RPAC'S fourth winner of an inter-counties XC race for Surrey Schools in the last two years following on from Felix Vaughan, Pippa Roessler and Lucy Broderick.
Lucy Broderick, Emelye Kenyon-Brown and Maddy Pullen all ran strongly in the Surrey team that won the Inter-Girls race on Saturday. Surrey came home with the trophy as the overall winners of the match. Pictures from the West Mids including one of the trophy (held up by Matthew) with some of the Surrey runners:
With the hot sunny weather more suited to a track and field meeting, the first cross country event of the season for the Juniors was held at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Running a fast 3k lap that started and finished in the stadium, with full results not out yet, we think our U13 boys were our highest placed finishers coming home in 11th place. Oscar Curry, Gusie Lewis, Freddie Fowler and Matthew Pickering are pictured above.
Next up in the cross country is the Surrey League meeting on Saturday 14 October in Reigate Priory Park. That is followed by the Surrey XC Relay Championships at Stoke Park Guildford on Saturday 28th October.
Pictures from Crystal Palace: