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Cambridgeshire XC Championships
Sunday 8th January 2012
Mark Vile

C&C report on the Cambs Cross country championships – Sunday 8th January at St Neots


What a great day for C&C at the County Cross Country Championships. It is not an understatement to say that as a club C&C dominated this competition. 8 individual gold medals and 7 team golds which is outstanding and certainly the best C&C performance in recent years.
 
Under 11s - C&C had just one runner today and that was Beth Wilson who ran a great race to finish 5th and she will still be in this age group next year.
 
U13 Girls - C&C completely dominated this age group filling the first 5 places. Lucy Parker did what she does best and to lead from the start despite a marshal trying to send her the wrong way! Lucy powered her way to the title for the second year running. Lucy could not relax as her team mates were chasing hard all the way. Amy Chalmers took the silver medal followed closely by Alice Newcombe in third. The three girls obviously took the team title.
A great run from Lauren Murphy saw her take fourth place overall. Lauren still has another year in this age group. Next in for C&C in 5th place was Emma Schaertlin-Coffey who was backed up by Sarah Brunton in 7th. These three girls claimed the silver team medals for C&C.
Three good runs from Emily Gillard in 16th, Eleanor Shields in 28th and Sorcha Barnes in 39th meant that C&C finished with 3 teams in the top ten teams.
 
U13 Boys - The pressure was on the boys after a great start by our girls and they certainly did not disappoint. Finn Barnes stormed to victory over a strong field, closely followed by a fast finishing Robert Huckle in second. These two were backed up by a good performance from Robert Brunton in 11th place to take the team title.
C&C’s second team also ran very well with Christopher Blatch finishing in a very good 18th, Daniel Kerwin in 22nd and Samuel Clarke in 33rd . This team finished 7th overall.
 
U15 Girls - Another clean sweep for C&C. This race was the closest race of the day. Hollie Parker and Claire Wilson ran neck and neck all the way. It was anyone’s guess who was going to take it and as the girls crossed the line together nobody could separate them. It was decided that it was a dead heat and the judges awarded the county title to both girls.
Hollie and Claire where back up by Charlotte-Tara Murphy who ran a strong race to take the bronze medal. Another great team title for C&C, from the team who had already won bronze in the National XC relays in the autumn.
The medals did not stop there though as Charlotte Gillard ran well to finish in a strong 4th place. Charlotte was backed up Diana Chalmers in 6th and Lucy Loughlan in 18th. This team took a well deserved 3rd team place.
 
U15 Boys – Could the boys equal that? In possibly his best performance in a C&C vest to date Thomas Heylen powered away from the field to take the individual title. Thomas was backed up by a great run for the silver medal between Timothy Cobden and Oliver Cantrill. Timothy came out on top to claim the silver just ahead of Oliver in bronze. Another clean sweep and another team title! As with the girls the boys continued to produce medals. Thomas Blatch finished well in 4th followed by James Tapley in 7th and Robbie Sewell in 17th to take the team bronze medal.
 
U17 Girls - Georgina Schweining knows only one way to run and that is to run hard from the start. Georgina eased away from the field to take the individual title and lead C&C to the team title as well. Sophie Jones ran a good race to take 6th place and she was followed home by Zoe MacDonald in 7th.
This gold medal winning team was also backed up by Faye McLelland who ran well for 8th despite a bad fall in the wooded section of the course.
 
U17 Men - For the first time today C&C did not take the individual title although this did not stop our boys from taking another team title! Dan Cade ran a great race to pick up the bronze medal and clearly getting better with every race he runs. Guy Kendall stuck to the task and finished strongly to finish 4th. Dan and Guy were backed up by Kieran Wood who finished fast to take 8th place. Joshua Sambrook also finished strongly well to take 13th.
 
SENIOR MEN & UNDER 20 MEN - C&C had taken every team title up to the men’s race so the pressure was really on our men to perform today and perform they did! Duncan Coombs led the team home in a very good 5th place. James Chettle finished in 8th place followed in by four of our runners who were covered by just 24 seconds. They were Kye Liddle in 13th, Noel Caroll in 15th, Jonathan Escalante-Phillips in 16th and Will MYCROFT in 17th.
Jonathan was also the second under 20 in the race so he took the silver medal for C&C 
Just 9 points separated first from second in the Mens team race and it was C&C that came out on top ahead of a strong challenge from Nene Valley Harriers.
C&C also did well to have our second team finish in 4th place. The team was, Alan Pritchard 24th, John Ferguson 37th, John Baslington 40th, Matt Applegate 43rd, Andrew Shields 46th and Paul Nelson 48th.
C&C also had David Pettit in 53rd, Christof Schweining 73rd, Steven Thoday 89th, David Mail 94th, Glyn Smith 98th, Richard Lyle 103rd and Daniel Bayles in 109th.
C&C Vet 40 men ran very well to take the team silver medal.
 
SENIOR WOMEN & UNDER 20 WOMEN - Another individual title for C&C with Alice Sharpe taking the title in the Women’s under 20 age group. Alice had nearly 2 minutes to spare over her nearest under 20 rival.
In the senior team competition C&C packed well to take the team silver medal. They were Madeline Boardman in 6th, Alice Sharpe in overall 7th and a fast finishing Caroline Pritchard in 8th.
The second team finished in a good 4th place overall and they were, Helen Grant in 12th place which was good enough for her to claim her first county individual title in the Vet 45 category, Tracey Patmore in 13th and Alison Wilson in 22nd. Diana Braverman stormed home in 33rd place to take the over 55 vet category individual title.

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