Matt wins South of England Champs in thrilling sprint finish

Matt Stonier’s (Marlowe, 6a) phenomenal cross country season continued on Saturday with victory in the Under-20 race at the South of England Championships. 

The Geography, Biology and Maths student is enjoying the most prolific period of his junior career so far, having already been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Cross Country Championships and won his age-group races at the County Cross Country Championships and Kent Schools Championships in the last two months.

Matt’s latest result is arguably his biggest achievement to date though, with many of the best club runners from across the South lining up in a very strong field.

Athletics Weekly reported it was the “best race of the day” as Matt marginally beat Brighton & Hove’s Tomer Tarragano with a sprint finish at Parliament Hill in London, a course with a formidable reputation for its brutal hills and muddy conditions.

The athletes had to wait for around five minutes before officials finally announced the winner.

It was Matt’s sheer determination that won him the prestigious title in the end as he showed an enormous amount of character to seal the gold on the line.

His next race is in two weeks in Belgium where he will represent England.

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