Cross Country Results 2019/20

10/03/20 – Teddies Relays @ St Edwards, Oxford. Report by J Witton.

We've enjoyed this fixture for the last few years and the well-marked 2.5km course provides a good opportunity for our runners to compete in an enjoyable relay so makes it worth the drive! A more competitive field than last year meant that none of our teams won their events but there were some fantastic individual and team performances nonetheless. Our junior girls were second, just 22 seconds behind winners Coopers Coburn however our Eva Mathew was the fastest junior girl by a whopping 20 seconds and receives a medal for the fastest lap. The junior boys were 4th with Ed Lindsay recording the 2nd fastest lap. Our inter girls were 2nd, again just pipped by Coopers, 26 seconds faster, with Telia Green recording the 2nd fastest lap time of the day (only a single second slower than the fastest!). The inter boys were 4th with Fenton Davoren our fastest runner and 5th fastest overall on the day. We only had a solitary senior runner, Edoardo Leone, who competed as an individual and logged the 3rd fastest time. Well done to all our runners, not just for their performances but for their commitment and dedication to representing the school and giving up their time on what was a long day, with a 2.5 hour journey home!

29/02/20 – South London Harriers Schools Races @ Farthing Downs. Report by J Witton.

After two junior fixtures were cancelled due to recent poor weather on Thursday and Friday, we were relieved that this race went ahead on Saturday and allowed our athletes to compete in mercifully dry conditions, albeit rather cold and tricky underfoot. Our U14 girls won their event with Eva Mathew winning the race by nearly a minute and Ed Lindsay was second in a competitive field in the U14 boys' race. In the U16 boys' race Fenton Davoren finished 4th, Johnny Dunlop 10th, Jake Brislane 13th and Phillip Shvander 19th to secure second place behind Judd. Our senior runners dominated their races with Alex Evans winning the girls' race, despite being Y11 with excellent support from Captain Meghan Watson in 3rd, Gabriela Horn-Montoya in 4th and Rhiannon Durant in 5th with the team taking the win. We had the winner in the senior boys race too with Edo Leone taking first place by almost a minute. Captain Ingmar Gunn (5th), Ryan Cherian (14th) and Airyl Ahmad-Shazli (33rd) completed the team who finished 3rd. Very well done to all our runners!

08/02/20 – Sussex XC League @ Bexhill. Report by J Witton.

Many of our athletes compete for their running clubs outside school and on Saturday Y11 Fenton Davoren saw a return to his early season form, and placed 6th in the final U17M race the Sussex Cross Country League at Bexhill. This, coupled with Fenton’s early season form helped secured the series win and gold medals for his (second claim) club Lewes AC. Fenton himself missed out an individual Bronze medal by just 3 points. This is a fantastic result and we are looking forward to seeing what Fenton can do in the remaining school fixtures of this season and into next.

05/02/20 – King Henry VIII relays @ King Henry VIII School, Coventry. Report by J Witton.

One of the most prestigious and competitive fixtures in our cross country calendar, the long running (since 1972!) King Henry VIII relays in Coventry attracts some of the best school runners from across the country. The standard of competition is always very high and our runners gave a very good account of themselves, given the youth of our teams. Since it is a competition for the best runners in any school, it is usual that these are 6th formers, however our boys' team contained a Y9 and Y10 student and our girls' team two Y8s! The boys equalled their 11th place from last year which is joint highest in last 5 years, an impressive feat in the circumstances, with the fastest time for the 2.3 mile lap coming from Edo Leone who clocked our only sub-12 minute time with 11:58. Y10 Jake Brislane had another fantastic run recording a time of 12:56. The girls' team finished mid-table in 20th out of 38 competing teams which, again, is impressive given the two Y8s will potentially have another five chances to run here! Alex Evans was our fastest girl runner with a lap time of 14:53 and Y8 Eva Mathew gave a fantastic performance to record a time of 15:24. Well done to all our runners, for many of whom this will be the first of many visits to this race!

01/02/20 – Southern Counties @ Writtle University College, Chelmsford. Report by J Witton.

Whilst three of our teams were competing at the Wellington Relays, eight Sevenoaks School runners represented Kent in the Southern Counties (Kent v. Berks, Essex, Hants, London, Surrey, and Sussex) in Chelmsford. Notable performances came from Ed Lindsay who finished 44th in the Junior Boys' race (5th for Kent), Alex Evans, 31st in the Inter Girls' race (3rd for Kent) & Edo Leone, 11th in the Senior Boys' race (3rd for Kent). Hopefully Alex & Edo have qualified for the national final.

01/02/20 – Wellington Relays @ Wellington College. Report by J Witton.

We were eager to attend the Wellington relays this year, having not been able to do so for the last few years. There was, once again, a clash with the SE ESAA Inter-counties and so we were without some of our strongest runners, but it provided a valuable opportunity for some of our less experienced athletes to test themselves over a reasonably flat, short and fast course. The weather was glorious and the 2K loop around the lakes provided a lovely route. We saw some great individual efforts and were delighted that ALL our runners came away with medals with the Junior Girls 2nd to Tormead, the Junior Boys 2nd to Winchester and Senior Girls winning their race ahead of Epsom and Wellington. Well done everyone!


18/01/20 – Kent Schools Cross Country Championships @ The Duke of York’s Royal Military School, Dover. Report by J Witton.

Hot on the heels of the Knole Run, we had the Kent Schools down in Dover on Saturday. This county event sees students running as individuals for the opportunity to form part of a multi-school Kent team in the Southern Counties regionals on February 1st and then potentially in the English Schools in Liverpool on 14th March. It was sunny with a chilly wind as 32 runners from Sevenoaks School arrived in Dover for their races. Eliza Muysken had a great run in the Y7 race, pulling out her trademark strong finish to place 4th and qualify for the Y7 National Final on March 21st. In the Junior boys (Y8 & 9) race, Ed Lindsay was true to his recent good form and backed up a strong performance in the Senior Knole Run by finishing 12th and qualifying for Regionals. Y8 Tim McLain may join him, being on the border of the cut off for the Kent team in 21st. In the girls’ race, Amber Croll had a good run to qualify for regionals in 16th. In the inter boys’ (Y10 & 11) race, Y11 Fenton Davoren gave a strong performance to finish 9th in a competitive field, with Fin Croll in 18th, both qualifying for regionals. Hopefully joining them will be Y10 Jake Brislane, he had a great run in the Senior Knole Run and here was running as the younger age group in this bracket, finishing in a commendable 23rd place. These boys, together with Y10 Johnny Dunlop (34th) and Y11 Ollie Hill (41st) received bronze medals as part of the third placed Sevenoaks district team. In the girls’ race Alex Evans ran well to place 8th and qualify easily. All four of our four senior runners qualified for inter-counties with captains Ingmar Gunn and Meghan Watson both finishing 11th in their races, closely followed by Edo Leone, 12th and Bella Gomez, 15th. Overall potentially 12 Sevenoaks School runners have qualified for the next stage of the competition, testament to some excellent performances made possible by a commitment to training. Well done to all!

11/01/20 – Senior Knole Run @ Sevenoaks School (Knole Park). Report by girls’ captain Meghan Watson.

This weekend we had our annual flagship home fixture the Senior Knole Run. This prestigious event sees schools travelling from across the country to attend and a phenomenally high standard of running. With over 200 competitors in the boys’ race and just over 100 in the girls’ race, it was bound to be an exciting fixture. In the girls race Alex Evans was the first Sevenoaks runner home in 20th place, followed by some close packing from the rest of the 4 scorers to secure the team 5th place overall. In the boys race Edo Leone was first home in 12th place following a strong run with impressive pacing to lead the boys A team to 6th place overall. Other stand-out runs included year 10s Jake Brislane (38th) and Johnny Dunlop (68th) as well as year 9 Ed Lindsay (96th). Given that this is predominantly a race for senior students, these younger runners show great promise with another 3 or 4 opportunities in this event. It was great to see training over the Christmas period paying off and we’re looking forward to the rest of the races this term, not least the Kent Schools next Saturday! The full results can be found here and some pictures from the event can be found here.

07/12/19 – English Schools Cross Country Cup National Final @ Mount St Mary’s College. Report by J Witton.

Our junior girls team had done superbly to finish first in the Kent round of the competition, hosted by us at Sevenoaks and second in the regional round at the Judd School to qualify for the National Final. They were now down to the final 27 schools out of 415 school teams who entered the competition which is a phenomenal achievement in itself. We were excited about the final and left school at 12:30 on Friday for the 200 mile drive up to Derbyshire, on the Yorkshire border. After settling into our rooms at the Days Inn, staff, students and accompanying parents went out for a meal locally to celebrate the birthday of Eliza, our youngest runner and only year 7. The girls were in high spirits on the return journey but were conscious of the need for an early night and the task ahead tomorrow. After breakfast in the morning we made our way to Mount St Mary’s College and, after registering and collecting our official ‘merch’, walked the course. It was a nice route, just 2.45km and undulating but no terrible climbs. We watched the first two races, then our girls were up! We’d discussed tactics and the need to get a good start in such a competitive field and it was with relief that, when the starting pistol went, our girls seemed to get away well. Eva Mathew was holding on to the lead pack up the first hill and had good support from Amber Croll, Eliza Muysken, Alexia Scotiniadis and Serena Manca. The girls held their ground around the rest of the course and typically strong finishes from Amber Croll and Summer Knight-Thompson picked up few places. It was great to see Eva Mathew back on form after a dip at regionals and she finished 17th with our other counters being Amber Croll (28th), Eliza Muysken (30th) and Alexia Scotiniadis (44th) out of the field of 147. I’d told the girls that wherever they placed, they should be hugely proud of their performance. After a tense wait we discovered the team has placed 3rd! We were ecstatic! A podium finish in the National Final. After presentations, we set off on the 200 mile return trip, tired but elated. A truly brilliant performance.

04/12/19 – Hampton Paarlauf @ Hampton School. Report by boys' captain Ingmar Gunn.

A brand new fixture for Sevenoaks school, but the 12th running of the event, on Wednesday we lined up for the most unique race format of our season at Hampton School. The 24 minute Paarlauf required a healthy combination of speed, endurance and tactical decision-making, with each team devising their own plan to try and run as far as possible in the three-man relay within the given time. The rules stipulated runners could change over wherever they liked on the 1-mile loop, provided each leg was at least 400m and no changeovers happened in the last minute. The U20 boys team consisting of Edo, Ingmar and Fenton secured third place overall, covering just over 8km. Fin Croll, Elliot Webb and Ollie Hill made up the inter boys team, who were victorious on the day, securing a healthy lead and the category win. The junior boys consisting of Ed Lindsay, Timothy McLain and Oliver Brooke put in a strong performance to come 5th in their category. The race was short but taxing, especially for the teams that decided to break the one mile loop into three, having to run the same leg repeatedly throughout the race, receiving little recovery between legs. An exciting experience, offering a chance to integrate tactics with race strategy, and the fact that we came away with a good haul of chunky medals is evidence that of all the hard work everyone had been putting into training recently. Also a good training block completed in preparation for the races coming up after the Christmas holidays, especially the Knole Run, albeit a very different race, and the Kent Schools, where we will have another chance to race well. It was a great end to the term and we’re looking forward to the rest of the season.

15/11/19 – Junior Knole Run @ Sevenoaks School. Report by J Witton.

Junior runners faced really gruelling conditions today for our home fixture, the Junior Knole Run with cold temperatures, rain & LOTS of mud. There were slips, falls, cold fingers and soaking wet, muddy kit, but some very determined and brave young people! Our girls A team did brilliantly to place 2nd behind a very strong team from Forest School. Stand-out performances came from Eva Mathew in 5th, Amber Croll in 9th, Alexia Scotiniadis in 18th & Eliza Muysken in 20th. The girls B team also did very well and made the top ten out of 43 teams in the race. In the boys' race, Tim McLain ran very well to finish 7th and Harry House also put in a great performance to come in 22nd. The boys were missing three key runners due to other sport commitments and so had a young team, including seven year 7s (compared to the girls' team's two), some of whom are not very experienced runners and they all faced up the the conditions really well. Well done to all who braved the rain and mud, you did us proud!

09/11/19 – English Schools Cross Country Cup Regional Round @ The Judd School. Report by J Witton.

Sevenoaks School were the only school in the region to qualify all four teams from the county round, that we hosted, for the regional round. The competition gets much tougher at this level with only the top three teams from today going through to the national round. The inter boys were first up and, despite some great individual performances, just missed out on qualification, finishing 4th. The inter girls were next and, despite a very gutsy effort from Telia Green who has not been well this week and still managed to place 13th, the team came in 9th. The junior boys also had some very strong runs, notably Tim McLain in 10th, but collectively finished 6th so also missed qualification. The final team to line up on the start line were the junior girls, and we saved the best until last! There were superb performances from Amber Croll (12), Eliza Muysken (13), Alexia Scotiniadis (17) and Serena Manca (19). Eva Mathew had a difficult race and didn't find her usual strong form but the team had done enough and, after a tense wait we found out that the girls had placed second and qualified for the national finals in Yorkshire! Huge congratulations, not only to the girls, but to all who ran today, you really gave it your all and should be proud of your efforts.

06/11/19 – Haskell Trophy @ RGS Guildford. Report by boys’ captain Ingmar Gunn.

On Wednesday 6th of November, the senior cross country team made their way to RGS Guildford, for the annual Haskell Trophy on the Merrow Downs, a four-leg relay, with each runner covering one lap of the technical 3.2km course. As it’s a relay, this was a very team-oriented event, and luckily Sevenoaks turned up in force, fielding two boys teams (though a late withdrawal meant the B team were a runner short!), and a girls team, this being the first year the race has been run for girls teams. Overall the teams placed incredibly well against some serious competition put up by the 50 other teams competing (a record for the event). The boys A team performed very well, with a very consistent team effort from Edo Leone, Ingmar Gunn and Fin Croll, backed up with a strong closing leg sprint by Fenton Davoren, to beat Hampton school, and clinch third place on the day. This is our best performance at this event, having placed 4th last year. The girls team also put in an excellent performance, coming 4th overall out of 12 teams, and the stand out performance by Alex Evans who recorded the 9th fastest lap of 50 girls who ran, really helping pull the team up through the ranks. Although each leg was relatively short, the race was by no means an easy one, with undulating terrain that is deceptively tough and a big congratulations are in order for everyone who competed, especially Elliot Webb who found himself running as a guest runner for his very own team. Getting round the course twice, running first and fourth leg for the same team really deserves him a special mention. The promising results from the race have shown everyone’s hard work paying off, and it acts as a confidence booster for the next few races to come this season.

14/10/19 to 17/10/19 - South Downs Training Camp @ Houghton. Report by Fenton Davoren.

22 runners and 3 members of staff has a fantastic few days running on the South Downs over October half term, based in Houghton, near Arundel. We stayed in the South Downs Bunkhouse and there were three run sessions and two theory sessions on offer each day. Some runners managed to cover over 55km in the three days and we also managed to fit in a barbecue, pizza and film night, yoga and a pub meal on our last light. It was excellent preparation for our runners for their upcoming fixtures, especially the regional round of the ESAA Cross Country Cup on the 9th November. You can read Fenton Davoren's full report here.

10/10/19 - Somerhill Regional Cross Country @ Schools at Somerhill. Report by J Witton.

It was a fantastic finale to a very busy half term of running for junior Sevenoaks cross country runners with our girls taking first place at the Somerhill Regional Cross Country competition (after placing second last year) and taking home the trophy and a winners medal each. The boys, in the absence of their best runner through illness, placed a commendable 4th. Special mentions to Eva Mathew, 3rd, Amber Croll 5th and Year 7 Eliza Muysken, a brilliant 6th! Kobi Smith led the boys home with a strong run to finish 7th with good support from James Ellershaw and Harry House. Well done to all our runners, many of whom were competing with just a day’s rest following the ESAA Cross Country Cup County round that we hosted!

08/10/19 – English Schools Cross Country Cup, Kent Round @ Sevenoaks School. Report by J Witton.

We hosted 22 schools and 47 teams at Sevenoaks School today for the Kent Round of the ESAA XC Cup for Juniors and Inter runners. The course looked fantastic and the grounds team has done a great job getting it ready and even the weather cooperated! All of our runners ran with determination and heart and were a credit to the school. The Junior girls, Inter girls and Inter boys all came first in their competitions, with the Junior boys finishing second, all four teams automatically qualifying for the regional round in November. A huge well done to all our runners. Stand out performances came from Junior girls Eva Mathew and Amber Croll in 4th and 5th, Inter girl Telia Green in 4th and Inter boy Tom Phillips in 3rd.

05/10/19 – Simon Houghton Trophy @ Sevenoaks School - Knole Park. Report by boys' captain Ingmar Gunn.

It was an absolutely stunning result from Sevenoaks today at the Simon Houghton Trophy home fixture, with a triple head: Fenton 1st, Edo 2nd and Ingmar 3rd! Another great run by Fenton, winning overall at a senior race in what turned out to be the fastest time on the course for at least 3 years! Another stand-out performance was from Alex Evans, who was the first girl home overall, and, as a year 11, was the only inter girl in the race. This was an excellent performance in her first race this season. Although 'only' being one lap of the boy's Knole Run course, the race still provides a significant challenge with its three punchy hills, therefore big congratulations are in order to everyone who ran and finished today.  This race acts as a good building block for the rest of the season, while also providing valuable insight to how people are feeling about their potential Knole Run performances in January. It looks set to be an exciting season. Well done again, to everyone who ran, and hopefully this will be a stimulus to keep the effort and motivation high in training, and for the next few races to come this season. 

02/10/19 – King’s Trophy @ KCS Wimbledon. Report by boys' captain Ingmar Gunn. 

On Wednesday 2 October, seven senior runners arrived at Wimbledon Common, nice and early, ready to race the 41st edition of the Kings Trophy. It’s an exciting race that never fails to deliver a healthy dose of drama, along with its offerings as a challenging course. The Sevenoaks School team did outstandingly well, placing second overall, only beaten by The Judd School, which was our best performance at this event on record. Our silver medals were earned with a solid run from Edo Leone, coming in 5th, and Fenton Davoren following close behind, in a competitive 8th place. Considering this was a senior race, consisting of predominantly sixth form runners, Fenton’s performance really shone through, and he is showing great promise for the season ahead. The team also packed very well, with four runners in the top 16 out of 150 or so in the field. Despite a slight error in marshalling, where the entire field except the two leaders, were sent the wrong way, the race was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone involved. Our final result as a team was fully deserved, and evidence of everyone’s recent hard work in training.

27/09/19 – Thomas Trophy @ Sevenoaks Prep. Report by J Witton.

Our junior runners has a fantastic start to their season on Friday with the girls taking the win in the U13 race for the third year running, by an incredible margin of almost one hundred points! The boys also did very well to finish third. Several runners were representing the school for the first time and can be very proud of their efforts. Special mentions to Eva Mathew who won the girls’ race, closely followed by Amber Croll in second who pulled out a superb sprint finish to hold off a rival. They were very well supported by other counters Summer Knight-Thompson (4th), Eliza Muysken (6th), Alexia Scotiniadis (7th) and Matilda Grimes (15th). Tim McLain led the boys home with an impressive run to finish 4th, with back-up from Kobi Smith (18th), Harry House (19th), James Ellershaw (26th), Rufus Williams (27th) and Joseph Oldfield (34th).

14/09/19 - Will Bolton Relays @ Blackheath & Bromley AC. Report by J Witton

We witnessed some superb running from our cross country runners in our first fixture of the season – the Will Bolton Memorial Relays, a competitive club fixture organised by Blackheath and Bromley AC. Our Senior boys and U13 boys were both 4th, U13 and Senior girls both 5th and  U15 boys 6th. This is really impressive considering they were running against running clubs and there were 34 teams in the senior race! Special mentions to Ingmar Gunn, our fastest senior runner, Tom Phillips, our fastest junior, Eva Mathew our fastest U13 girl, Isabella Gomez our fastest senior girl, and Tim McLain our fastest U13 boy. Superb runs also from Ollie Hill and Matilda Grimes. Well done to all our runners!

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