Athletes start the new cross-country season

PUBLISHED: 14:05 17 October 2012


North Somerset Athletic Club youngsters started the new cross-country season in style.

YOUNG athletes from North Somerset started the new cross-country season in style with an outing to Cotswold Farm Park in Gloucestershire.

The Gloucester League 1 match saw nine athletes making their cross-country debut and achieving impressive times.

Energised from the Bristol Road Mile races the previous week, Imogen Hales displayed her potential with a third place finish in the Under-11 race. Mellisa Poole took eighth place in the same field of 39. The absence of a third runner almost certainly cost the two debutants a top three team position on the day.

The Under-11 boy’s team however. did pick up a team third with Sam Gentry in second, Oliver Lock in sixth and Jake Devine with a fine finish of 21st out of a field of 52.

Debutants Lauren Ashurst and Jasmine Poole both had fantastic races in the girls’ Under-13 and finished ninth and 12th respectively. Sophie Parker ran solidly finishing 16th to ensure a team fourth on the day.

Phoebe Curyer, Caroline Walder, Holly and Kate Gilbert in 20th, 26th, 31st and 32nd respectively, also ran well for the club.

Ben Cureton carried his early season form into the Under-13 boy’s race by leading the squad to a team first. As part of a high quality field he finished in fifth place behind the top Under-13 boy’s in South Wales and the highly regarded Howarth twins from Team Bath.

After a frustrating winter of injury last season, Euan Campbell ran arguably his finest race to date with a superb eighth place finish. Meanwhile Luke Wheeler secured the top team prize with a solid 14th from 49 runners.

In his first year at Under-13 level Henry Cox led the younger runners home with a fine run finishing in 26th place. Fellow debutants Lucca Murray and Oscar Allgrove-Ralph also ran well to finish close together in 30th and 33rd with Shoji Leach coming home just behind them.

The Under-15 boy’s had a great day narrowly missing team first place by one point. David Warnes finished a superb fourth with newcomer Ashley Leathem in his first-ever cross-country finishing 10th. Joe Gentry finished 13th with Sam Dangerfield shortly behind in 15th.

With most of the Under-15 girls’ squad unavailable Alys Withers was the club’s sole representative, but looked comfortable in her first race finishing in the middle of the field.

Byron Marriot was also stepping up an age group and he too found the competition much stiffer, but also ran solidly and finish comfortably halfway through the pack.

The club’s next competition is the first Gwent League meeting of the season on October 21 at Bridgend.

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