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Team Kennet members take part in Cross Country event in Basingstoke

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Team Kennet took part in their first cross country race for two years.

The club’s juniors are now taking part in the Destination Basingstoke Junior Cross Country League, which covers league formats for all junior age groups.

And the first round took part in Basingstoke against clubs from the M4 and M3 corridor.

Team Kennet U9 girls
Team Kennet U9 girls

Team Kennet’s under-9s were the first in action and Ella Larkin produced a superb display.

She had to settle for second place after being pipped by just one second in a sprint finish.

Isla Ladds came home in fifth place with Maisie McCurtin finishing 10th to bring the A team home in first place overall.

Elora Murray was 14th, Sophie Cox 15th and Evie Kearney 16th, earning the B team sixth place.

The under-9 boys were next up and Malik Gaye raced to TK’s only victory of the day, racing home by a massive margin in a big field.

Joshua Kuijten was 17th and Alfie Cronk 20th as TK came second overall.

The under-11 girls saw another top-three finish, this time by Anna Hall, who came home in an excellent third place, Ella Cronk was next home in 11th and Harriet Saunders in 17th earned the A team second place behind Aldershot, Farnham & District.

Emerald Hill-Sawyer led the B team in 18th with Mia Kearney 26th and Amelia Rehill 29th for eighth team place overall.

Jessie McCurtin was the final scorer for the club in 30th.

The under-11 boys faced a tough race with the biggest field of the day. Ben Daley ran well to stay with the leaders, but had to settle for sixth place.

Oscar Larkin (9th) and Frank Edwards (14th) brought the team home in third place.

Next in was Luke Stiles (23rd) then Joshua Ladds (28th) followed by Flynn Murray (31st) for 10th team overall. Rueben Kuijten finished in 32nd place.

The under-13 girls saw Amber Stiles first home for the club in 14th, just ahead of team mate Leilah Gaye in 15th with Lilia Gale (20th) bringing TK home in third overall.

Lola Mitcham was 23rd. Ethan Kuijten led the under-13 boys home in eighth place followed by Aaron Carter 11th and then Jacob Hopkin 22nd for fifth in the team event.

Isaac Mitcham was the only under-15 taking part for TK in the boys race and he finished third.

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