Danson Park, a fast and relatively flat course and with Zephryus the God of weather looking favourably on us, made this a good day for Cross Country.
Jess Rayner representing Paddock Wood in the U13 Girls 3k race placed 32nd with a time of 12:36. Joe Stone, Liam O’Niel and Thomas Harker ran in the U13 Boys 3k race gained another team point for Paddock Wood. Joe Placed 55th in 11:54, closely followed by Liam 59th in 12:01 and Thomas finishing 77th in 14:37.
Lauren Harker ran in the U15 Girls 4k race coming 34th in 16:17 and as there was no Senior Men Harry Young took part in the U20 Men 5k coming 16th in 17:05.
Overall positions after 3 matches.
It was a busy weekend for our PWAC youngsters braving the cold and muddy conditions in both the Kent Cross Country Championships for the U13 and overs and The Kent Fitness League for the U11 youngsters.
Braving the dense fog and frost at the Kent Cross Country Championships at Brands hatch on Saturday 7th January, saw Katie Smith (pictured with Brother Harry) finish 57th in the U13G race. Brother Harry followed in the U13 Boys race finishing a fine 82nd. In the U15 Boys Spencer Elphick (pictured) finished a fine 43rd. Finally in the U17 Boys Charles George and Aaron Rowland finished within seconds of each other in 30th and 38th place respectively. Unfortunately Alex Stone and Lauren Harker were both unwell for Saturdays race but have both played a big part in representing PWAC at the Kent XC League across the winter!
It is duly noted that all the above youngsters have competed for the Club throughout this XC Season, competing against youngsters from some of the top Athletic Clubs in the County. They should be proud of themselves mixing it with the best. I am sure that come next season, a year older and the experience they have all gained this season will set them up for next XC season very well. Well done to all.
It’s been fantastic to see all our youngsters excelling over the winter months! There is still a few fixtures left for U11’s 2nd Feb Fitness League Blean Woods, Rough Common Canterbury and 19th Feb at Fowlmead Deal. There is also Junior 1 Mile Race this Sunday 15th Jan
Good luck to all those taking part in the final few fixtures!
The PWAC Youth Cross Country updates are available from the links below.