National Road Relays
For the first national competition of the season, 29 juniors put on the vest to run the traditional 3.8km. Sutton Park poses as a difficult challenge for everyone due to the undulating terrain and the high speeds that are set from the gun.
The best performance of the day came from the under 13 girls. Even though the race was longer than any other they will experience this winter, they displayed incredible strength to stay consistent and to maintain a quick pace. Niamh Stanley, Naimah Mossi and Luciana Smith made up the A team and excellent runs from them saw them cross the line in a fantastic 4th and, in the process of doing so, each recorded times in the top 10 for their respective legs. Unfortunately, only 1 full team could be fielded however Beth Regan ran well placing 28th in a competitive opening leg.
The u13 boys, made up of Harry Collins Smith, James Shaw and Ben O’Grady also ran strongly, placing a credible 27th in a very strong field.
The under 15 girls had the best turn out of the day with 9 runners making the long journey up to Birmingham to compete. The A team of Megan Barlow, Lydia Whitcombe and Megan Slattery all ran very well to place 8th. They were backed up by the B team of Maria Salamanca, Cristina Gilodi- Johnson and Isla Spink, whose times were all within 5 seconds of each which resulted in a 22nd placed finish overall and as the 4 th B team of the day. The C team of Lara Tunali-Flynn, Matilda Shiland and Molly Shaw demonstrated the great depth for us in this age group as they finished as the 45th team and as the 2nd C team.
The under 15 boys which consisted of Alex Middleton (15th fastest u15 leg of the day), Jasper Brooks and Harry Fage combined well to place 19th.
The under 17 women fielded 2 full teams with the A team of Hannah Clark, Olivia Magee Brown and Amarisa Sibley all registering top 12 times in their legs to come home in 8th and the B team of Gabriella Martin, Lily Meers and Liberty Whyte also ran well and finished in 25th and finished as the 3rd B team.
The under 17 men had 4 runners on the day with Alessio Tutt, Miles Brown and George Shaw coming 19th and for the B team Ted Marston set off well and finished the first leg in 48th in a very competitive field.
Report by Tom Brash
Well done also to the senior women’s team of Niamh, Jessica, Naomi and Leah who finished 24th out of 79 teams in the E.R.R.A. autumn road relays. Special mention to Niamh who was 7th fastest senior women of the day with an impressive 14:18 over the 4.37k hilly course (avg pace 3:17/k – wow!).
Also thanks to Paul, Andy and Dave who set off before dawn to be first there to put up the tent, support the team and being last to leave also trying to find owners of left equipment!
Report by Mick Keene