For the second year in a row these championships, held in Sutton Park (Sutton Coldfield) had a poor turnout, but Woodford supported them along with Aldershot, Birchfield, Barnsley and Wirral.
Miya Maeda, Ellen Savidge and Jessica Adams: bronze medal winners (photo: Estelle Savidge)
Under 17 Men
We can be grateful that the three lads that started were even able to complete the course. Ben and Sam Sloan were not well pm Thursday with a fever and sore throat. We were lucky that they even started. Thomas Adolphus had been on DOE expeditions in the week prior to the event, and was not able to train. Despite this the lads all ran really well in the circumstances by winning the team title. After his brilliant 3000m (8.55) last Wednesday, Ben was with the leading group after 2k but the recent illness was to get the better of him in the latter stages. He still placed 7th, some 64 seconds quicker than last year. Thomas was 12th and Sam 15th which left them happy boys with their medals after the race.
Sam, Thomas and Ben: U17 winners (photo: Lesley Maeda)
Under 15 Girls
Due to a mix up, Ellen Savidge had been put in the wrong age group grace, and it took the Team Manager a good half hour to sort the issue out and get her in the right race. Miya Maeda broke 20 minutes for the third time this year for 5k to lead the team home in 9th place. Ellen herself was 17th, taking a massive 45 seconds off her PB for 5k, and new member Jessica Adams placed 21st. The girls were very happy to receive bronze medals for their efforts.
So a highly enjoyable morning was had by our six dedicated athletes and it was brilliant they all came away with awards. We will be back in six months time for the National Road Relays where I am sure our Under 13 girls will want to taste the podium.
My thanks for the parents for transporting the athletes all the way to Birmingham.