Blackheath & Bromley Harriers impress at opening Kent cross country event

PUBLISHED: 14:27 09 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:30 09 October 2013

Blackheath & Bromley athletes were out in force for the opening Kent Cross Country League races of the season at Swanley and enjoyed some considerable success.

Two individual wins, two team wins and seven top three team placings represented a fine start to the season this weekend.

The senior women finished third with Jennie Butler first home in fifth place, Carole Pennlington 13th and Jane Bradshaw 15th.

It did not go quite so well in the senior men’s race in which the team finished in fifth place.

Andy Rayner continued his return from injury in 12th, while Alex Gibbins was 16th, Dave McKinlay 37th and under 20 Will Ruiz 42nd.

Will Fuller won the Under 17 men’s race in 16.04 - just six seconds clear of runner-up Richard Webb. They beat some good runners in the process and with Bailey Stickings 22nd, they were second in the team race.

The women were also runners-up, led home by Niamh Bridson Hubbard who was second followed by Charlotte Rhule in seventh and Anna Myers eighth.

The club had five athletes in the top 10 in the under 15 girl’s race where Jessica Keene was second, Naomi Kingston forth, Kelsey Fuss fifth, Yasmin Austridge sixth and Georgina Taylor eighth. This ensured first place in the team contest.

First home for the boys was Marco Arcuri in fifth place, with Alex Wiltshire seventh and Josh Davidson 10th the Club were runners up in the team contest.

Biggest turn out of the day came in the under 13 boy’s race where Blackheath & Bromley had 13 finishers.

Michael Eagling won the race in 10.30 while Peter Guy, complete with new haircut, was third, Henry James Cowie, two weeks after breaking the club hammer record, was fifth and George Pope sixth. They easily won the team race by 31 points.

The girls were led by Millie Smith who had a fine run to finish in second place.

Imogen Meers was 12th and Lauren Goddard 13th to give the club second place, and again the numbers were good with ten youngsters finishing.

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