South of England Cross Country Championships, Parliament Hill 30 January 2016

Kate O'Neill came close to a podium place as she finished fourth in the Under 15 event at the South of England Cross Country Championships at ever-challenging Parliament Hill course on Saturday.

Good runs from Jess Mitchell in a fine 35th and Sophie Rand 59th and Molly Bath 122nd saw the team place sixth. Also tackling the hilly course were Grace Dukelow (152nd), Molly Sweetman (193rd), Chloe Morter (215th) & Kate Walker (236th).

Ben Davis' 43rd place led the Under 17 Men's squad to a tenth place finish as Oliver Bath (10th), Lewis Debenham (109th) & 132nd placed James Stewart completing the scoring four and Oliver Morter (162nd) &Kieran O'Hara (167th) also seeing out the course.

There was another good turnout from the Under 13 Girls with Sydney Foley first home in 97th with Alice Brown 144th and Rebecca O'Rourke & Annie Grannell, 213th & 214th the other team scorers and Alice Atkins and Jessica James also in action.

Alex Ford was a good 40th in the Under 13 Boys' with Edoardo Sonzogni 136th, Henry Lay 231st & Reece Debenham two places back the scorers with Timi McDaniel & Jordan Ryan also finishing

There were incomplete teams in the older age group. Lydia Hallam was 26th in the Under 20 Women's race with Bella Woods 56th & zoe Rudgley 85th while Georgia Phillips & Emily James were 162nd & 168th in the Under 17 Women's event. Owing to illness and injury only two senior men braved the nine miles of Parliament Hill and both Jason Crispin 389th and Steve Walker 770th acquitted themselves admirably to finish the demanding course, as did Robyn Matson, the sole senior women competitor in 220th  







Under 13 Girls: 97th  Sydney Foley 14:31; 144th Alice Brown 15:03; 213th Rebecca O'Rourke 15:54; 214th Annie Grannell 15:56  (Team: 29th) 231st - Alice Atkins 16:19; 265th - Jessica James  18:55


Under 15 Girls:  4th - Kate O'Neill 17:38; 35th - Jessica Mitchell 19:06; 59th - Sophie Rand 19:34; 122nd Molly Bath (Team: 6th) 152nd  Grace Dukelow 21:20; 193rd - Molly Sweetman 22:24; 215th Chloe Morter 23:21; 236th - Kate Walker 25:35


Under 17 women:  162nd - Georgia Phillips 28:55; 168th Emily James 30:52


Under 20 women:  26th - Lydia Hallam 25:42; 56th - Bella Woods; 85th - Zoe Rudgley 40:10


Senior Women:  220th Robyn Matson 40:08


Under 13 Boys: 40th  Alex Ford 12:49; 136th Edoardo Sonzogni 13:50; 231st Henry Lay 15:22; 233rd Reece Debenham 15:23 (Team: 24th) 246th Timi McDaniel 15:49; 252nd Jordan Ryan 16:12


Under 15 Boys:  114th - Sam Atkins 18:53; 190th Alex Friend 30:52


Under 17 Men:  43rd Ben Davis 22:16; 105th Oliver Bath 23:59; 109th Lewis Debenham 24:06; 132nd James Stewart 24:58; (Team 10th); 161st Oliver Morter 26:36; 167th Kieran O'Hara 27:16


Senior Men:  389th Jason Crispin 1:04:28; 770th - Steve Walker 1:14:50



Photos: Kevin White plus a few from Jane Hallam, Alison Lay & Clare Debenham