Athletes dominate cross country meeting

PUBLISHED: 14:19 09 November 2011




North Somerset Athletic Club youngsters dominated the second Gloucester Cross Country League meeting at Gloucester

NORTH Somerset Athletic Club youngsters dominated the second Gloucester Cross Country League meeting at Gloucester, celebrating a record number of four team victories.

The only surprise was the strong Under-11 girls’ team being ran into second place by the Forest of Dean club. Hattie Emery was their lead girl who had to settle for third place, whilst Sophie Parker and Callie Walder in eighth and ninth were both credited with the same time.

Emelia Flower finished in 27th place with newcomers Annabella Wade and Grace Buffery running comfortably in their first-ever cross country, finishing a little further down the field.

The Under-11 boys, aided by Sam Gentry’s first appearance of the season, scored their first-ever team win in this league. He ran superbly to take second place by a clear margin and great support from team-mates Ollie Lock in eighth, Henry Cox (10th) and Shoji Leach in 11th ensured they secured top berth.

Ellie Wallace continues to impress and another fine run from the front once gain ensured victory for both herself and her Under-13 team. Jas Emery ran strongly to finish in sixth place with Sara Flower giving it everything to get herself in front of a competitor in the home straight for seventh place.

Alys Withers ran bravely for her team-mates with a shoulder problem to come home 11th and was followed in by Kate Gilbert 31st, Sofie Andersen 32nd and Holly Gilbert 35th, who all ran well from a field of 39.

After a team third at the first league meeting, the Under-13 boys ran out of their skins to claim team first this time out. David Warnes finally managed a race victory running magnificently to finish 30 seconds clear of the field, with Ben Cureton finishing a superb sixth despite being hampered by a stitch for half the race.

Sam Dangerfield in his first race for the club, exceeded all expectations with a commendable 10th place and both Luke Wheeler and Euan Campbell continue to grow in their first year at this age group with 20th and 24th respectively from a field of 41.

Katie Grinyer once again ran a fine tactical race. She broke away with 600 metres to go for a clear victory with Cecilie Andersen also outsprinting her rivals to finish an impressive fifth.

Angharad Flower continued her comeback with another comfortable run for eighth place with Katie Constable close behind in 11th to complete another team victory for the Under-15s.

George Robb was the Under-15 boys’ lead runner finishing a fine third in his first run of the season. Byron Marriott managed 12th place and was followed in by Ben Greenslade (16th) and Will Binnington (18th) to secure a team third place on the day.

The Under-17 girls were unable to complete a scoring team, but Rosie Parsons in fifth and Cecelia Bradley sixth once again held their own with only three seconds separating them.

The McCains Cross Challenge comes to Ashton Court next weekend where the club will be well represented.

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