Thirty runners take part in South West Cross Country Championships

PUBLISHED: 12:39 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:39 16 January 2018

North Somerset Under-17 boys.

North Somerset Under-17 boys.

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Thirty North Somerset Athletic Club members took part in the South West Cross Country Championships in Yeovil.

Thirty North Somerset Athletic Club members attended a competitive South West Cross Country Championships at Alden Hill in Yeovil.

Although conditions were ideal for championship racing, athletes had to contend with bitter cold winds and a killer hill before the home straight.

Millie Redman was the pick of the clubs Under-11s on show with another terrific run to finish sixth. Mia Darlington, Willow Preen, Rowan Preen and Jacob Forsbrook all ran well in their non-championship races.

Ollie Campbell was amongst the leaders at the halfway stage of the Under-13 boy’s race, before acute cramp saw him drop out. Charles Broadhurst, Louie Brunsdon Sam Holloway, William Sandiford, Sam Hemings and Oliver Haley completed the team.

Keira Devereux was the top club performer of the day finishing fourth and just one second behind the third runner and only five seconds behind silver. Quite a feat for a bottom age athlete and a deserving bronze medal was her reward for leading the Under-13 Avon County girls team to third place in the team competition.

Blythe Jones was next to finish of the North Somerset girls with Daisy Manners-Lolley, Grace Metcalfe, Poppy Adams, Mary Hemmings and Simone Manners-Lolley completing the team.

In the Under-15 girls’ race, Steph Brooke’s in 44th place led home her teammates Ella Johnston and Poppy Burton-Dickie from a high class field.

The Under-15 boy’s race was no less competitive with Ollie Lock finishing 32nd in front of debutant Theo Edwards, Ben Hamblin and Alfie Hocking.

Under-17 Megan McCrum and Under-20 Alys Withers both ran well in their respective races, with Meg finishing 15th and Alys 10th.

Callum Smith continued his recent fine run of form in the Under-17 men’s race. He finished a superb sixth place and at the same time secured an silver medal for his efforts, leading Avon to second place in the team competition.


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