There were plenty of new Surrey yellow vests on show as the Surrey Schools Year 7 and Year 8 cross country teams took on Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and Essex at the South East Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships. Held at Christ's Hospital School near Horsham, the course was flat and fast on a firm grass surface and run in dry, sunny conditions. Selection is based on the results of the Surrey Schools Cross Country Championships held in January and entry to that race only comes with finishing high in the district races held before Christmas.
First off was the year 7 girls race and a strong run by Shakila Keable saw her finish 18th out of 89 runners and help the Surrey team to a 1st place finish!
Three from RPAC had been selected for the Surrey Y7 boys team and Samuel Stapley, Sam Rolaston and Will John-Cox performed well to help Surrey to 2nd place behind Hampshire. Samuel and Sam were close to each other all the way round to finish 23rd and 27th respectively, again in a race with 89 runners.
Gus Lewis ran well in the year 8 boys race helping Surrey to a 4th place in the team results.
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Two young runners from RPAC competed for Surrey last weekend in cold, wet and muddy conditions at the English Schools XC Championships held near Leeds .
Both had won selection to the Surrey team on the strength of their performances in the district xc races in the autumn and then, having qualified for the Surrey Schools XC Championships in January, their high placed finishes in that race.
Lucy Broderick, running in the Inter-Girls race, helped Surrey to 1st place in the team event. Lucy Dénecé, competing in the Junior girls race, was the 2nd Surrey runner home helping the team to finish in 6th place out of the 45 counties that took part.
Great achievements by both girls!
The annual South of England XC Championships took place on Saturday over the challenging Parliament Hill course in London. With clubs from as far apart as Cornwall and Norwich represented, there was no shortage of quality competition.
First off for RPAC was Noah Young in the U15 boys race. This was Noah's third consecutive year competing in XC at Parliament Hill and a strong run saw him come home in a respectable middle of the finishers position.
The U13 Girls tackled the long, steep uphill start next and Lucy Dénecé continued her run of good form by coming home 12th in a field of 316. One of the best placed finishes we have seen for RPAC in this major championship. Both Shakila Keable and Lily Woodhams had good races too, with Lily at the finish nominating it her favourite XC race.
In the Under 13 Boys race, both Samuel Stapley and Sam Rolaston put in great performances with both comfortably in the top half out of the 330 who finished. With four of our under 13's still in year 7, the experience they gained on Saturday will hold them in good stead in next year's Southern Championships when they will compete again as under 13's over the same distance.
Another who has raced several times now at Parliament Hill is Emelye Kenyon-Brown who put in a characteristically strong run to also come home in the top half against strong opposition. Emelye was running in the Under 17 Womens race. Next weekend Emelye will be joined by Lucy Broderick and Katie Driver in the Surrey Schools XC team taking part in the South East Inter-counties Championships in Hampshire. Lucy Dénecé will be there too as part of the Surrey Schools U15 girls team.
The annual CAU UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships took place on Saturday in Loughborough.
With 40 counties from across the UK sending their best runners, the competition was fierce. Lucy Dénecé was in the Surrey U13 girls team on the strength of her performances at cross country this winter and in particular, her Silver Medal in the Surrey Cross Country Championships in January.
Another strong run saw Lucy finish 22nd in a field of 307! This placed her in the top 4 finishers from Surrey and not surprisingly, with 4 of the top 22, the Surrey U13 Girls took 1st place and the Team Gold.
Lucy will be back in action next Saturday running in the Surrey Schools Junior Girls team at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in Leeds. Joining her in the Surrey Squad hotel on the Friday night will be Lucy Broderick who has been selected in the Surrey Schools Inter-Girls team.
Good Luck to both RPAC girls in the English Schools!
Surrey team Gold flanked by Kent and Buckinghamshire:
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: