For the second season’s Met League fixture, we managed to field a total of 21 runners in the Young Athlete races; a better turnout than late but we still need to improve this if we are to score consistently in the team competitions. Saturday’s races were held at Claybury on a fine autumn afternoon with the going still firm to hard despite the heavy downpour the previous evening and with the expectation of something special to follow as the numbers of spectators and senior competitors continued to grow.
For the full results, click the link in the senior report.We had some good individual placings in each race and closed two teams in the U15/17W race , one in the U15/17M’s but were a single runner short of a team in each of the U13 races. Amelia Barrett’s 3rd place (2nd once the non-scoring winner was taken out of the results) was the best individual placing of the day. Liam Blaikie (U17M) and Sidnie Sales (U17W) both managed 5th places in their races whilst Joe Smith had another fine run for 8th place in the U13B race with new recruit Daniel Rowden not far behind and closing fast in 9th and Ferdie Lyons, the third of the U13B trio finishing somewhat bemused (but unbowed) in 24th place for his first cross country race.
Behind Sidnie Sales, the rest of our U15/U17Ws finished full A and B teams with
Georgina Ferrari second home in 13th, Claudia Conway in 19th and Holly Bedeau in 21st for an A team score of 58; this was good enough for 3rd place on the day and maintains the girls’ 2nd place league spot. Our B team of Amy Doyle (27th), Kate Stockings (35th), Lauren Freeman (36th) and Stephanie Smith (47th) were the 2nd B team behind the strong St Mary’s contingent and finished 9th of the 14 teams on the day. In the U15/17M race, James Stockings again followed Liam home and had a good run against his older counterparts for 11th, his lighter frame making easier work of the Claybury hills than track man Paul Scanlan who came 15th with U15 Ryan Dunne closing the team in 26th for a 4th place team score. With Ben Phillips not finishing (hamstring strain), it left an unhappy looking Dan Yaxley in 37th and U15 Sean Kenny (50th) to finish in the field of 61 runners.Besides Amelia Barrett in the U13G race, Issy Bedeau (17th) and Billie Bradley (18th) both endured their Met League baptisms but having finished, will be able to draw on the experience for the future.