Winter season starts in style at Midland Road Relays

PUBLISHED: 14:43 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:43 03 October 2017

North Somerset Under-17s.

North Somerset Under-17s.

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North Somerset Athletic Club members gave a good account of themselves at the annual Midland Road Relay event in Birmingham.

North Somerset Athletic Club had a record 10 teams competing at the annual Midland Road Relay event held in Sutton Park, Birmingham.

In what is the annual curtain raiser to the forthcoming cross country season, the athletes gave a good account of themselves with many having their first-ever competition race.

The Under-13 boys opened proceedings and Will Maine finished the first leg in 19th position. Louie Brunsden picked up three places in the second leg before newcomer Ollie Campbell ran a storming final leg to bring the team home in 11th place overall in a time of 14.46, which was 16th fastest of the 104 runners.

The Under-15 boys fielded two teams with four athletes competing for the first time. Ollie Lock led the teams to finish as leading scorer in a time of 13.21 as he finished the first leg in eighth place and ninth quickest of the 127 runners. Alfie Hocking and Ben Hamblin recorded excellent times of 14.59 and 14.31 respectively to bring the A team home in 11th position.

Max Davies (16.14), Louis Carr (16.44) and Cameron Baker-Perry (17.03) completed the B team scores and enjoyed their first taste of competitive racing.

The club put out three teams of Under-17 men, which shows the strength in depth of this age group. The A team of Sam Gentry, Callum Smith and Jaylan Bacon ran well as a team, finishing eighth overall, with Sam completing first leg of the 3.8k course in 12.44, Callum 13.13 and Jaylan 13.12.

Kes Pitchers (14.21), Jacob Faulkner (15.16), Jamie Carroll (15.22), Will Cheek (15.27) and Jonah Murray (15.44) completed the teams scores

The Under-15 girls fielded three teams with Steph Brookes leading the scores in a first leg time of 16.00, with Holly Avery showing great recent improvement next quickest in 16.56. Ellie Redman was in good form prior to this race but she encountered a knee problem during her leg and bravely battled to finish in time of 17.25.

Ella Johnston (17.48), Ruth Day (17.58), Sophia Murray (18.08), Ruby Murray (19.12), Connie Ballentine (19.15) and Alysha Forsbrook (19.19) completed the scores. It was also good to see another local athlete Alice Bridger-Morales having a good run to finish strongly with a time of 15.28.

Megan McCrum led the Under-17 women with a time of 15.50 with Lucy Maine (16.51) and Maisie Squire in 18.55 bringing the team home.

The teams will now go forward to Nation Road Relays on Saturday before the cross country season kicks off just a week later in Cardiff for the opening Gwent League fixture.

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