Athletes record good times at national road relays

PUBLISHED: 14:57 07 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:57 07 October 2015

Callum Smith.

Callum Smith.


North Somerset Athletic Club tgave a good account of themselves at the national road relays in Birmingham.

North Somerset Athletic Club took three teams to the national road relays in Birmingham, where they gave a good account of themselves against the top clubs in the country.

The young Under-13 girls’ team of Connie Ballantine, Alice Bridger-Morales and Grace Ashurst followed up their efforts at the regional event two weeks earlier to finish a respectful 39th out of 59 scoring teams in times of 17.23, 16.18 and 17.27 respectively.

Impressive running from Bridger-Morales saw her clip 22 seconds of her time in the regional’s two weeks earlier to record a highly regarded time for a lower age group athlete.

The distance of 3.8k is a massive step up from the novice cross country distances of 1.5k they had to run last season, but all looked comfortable and will take great confidence with the winter season about to commence.

The Under-15 girls were forced into last-minute changes after losing Rosie Whitehead to injury, but Nelly Bridger-Morales was promoted to the A team and had a fine run in the final leg to bring the girls home in 19th place from 59 scoring teams.

Hattie Emery ran 15.18 in the opening leg with Olivia Burton running 14.54 in the second before passing on to Bridger-Morales with a time of 16.03.

Lucy Maine (16.36) and Maisie Squire (18.35) both ran well for the B team, but unfortunately they were unable to register a score without a third runner.

The Under-15 boys had to make do without Jack Wilkinson, who had football commitments, but they had a more than capable replacement in Jaylan Bacon. Luca Murray set the boys off with a fine first leg run in a time of 13.38, a full 22 seconds faster than his regional leg time two weeks earlier.

Callum Smith had a strong run in the next leg, picking up 10 places with a time of 13.22, before handing over to Bacon, who ran strongly in a time of 14.03 to bring the boys home in 19th from 55 scoring teams.

The club has a busy weekend approaching with the cross country season kicking off with two fixtures at Bridgend and the Cotswold Farm Park.

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