Olivia Sadler (13:34) was delighted to secure her first regional cross-country title when winning the South West schools on Saturday 4th February 2012. The tactics that she employed on the day shows that she is developing a good racing brain. Content to settle on the shoulder of Alex Stainthorpe (Team Bath and Wiltshire) for most of the long uphill section of the first lap Olivia pulled away just before the top and was able to use her track pace on the downhill section to create a gap which just kept increasing as the race developed –and saw her come home 16 seconds clear of the runner-up.
Not far behind was Victoria Kenny (14:16), who at one stage was very close to overtaking Alex when running in third place for most of the first lap. Victoria found that she had to dig in deep when first Floren Scrafton (fourth in 14:03), Rosie Chamberlain (third in 13:55) and Jess Harvey (fifth in 14:05) overtook her, still finishing in a creditable sixth place.
Billie Williams (16:20) finished seventh Avon girl and after a steady start she pulled herself up the field to finish in 34th position of the 54 finishers. Billie was delighted to pick up her second Winning team medal as a senior girl!
Both Miranda Sadler (sixth in 14:11) and Katie Grinyer (North Somerset AC) (ninth in 14:41) have had their setbacks over the last week and it was touch and go whether Miranda would be fit enough to run after missing most of the week through illness. It was a shame that she wasn’t able to replicate her fifth place performance from the Midlands the previous week but still ran a very good race under the circumstances.
Jo Taylor (tenth in 14:43) along with Rose Evans-Baker continue to impress, Jo making the top 10 just being overhauled in the last 200 metres by the fast finishing Katie Grinyer, whilst Rose has found renewed enthusiasm and is clearly enjoying her Cross Country season finishing in 25th (15:15). Both Jo and Rose have linked up well in training and are both seeing the benefits from this partnership. There were 62 finishers.
Jessica Monk in the junior girl’s section proved that she is a better athlete than her seventh place in the Avon Schools and picked her way up the Avon Team sheet to finish third counter in 30th (11:31) place behind Ellie Wallace (5th) and Ellie Leather (14th). There were 64 finishers.
Eloise Brown followed up her solid run in the Midlands with a very well judged race to finish a very creditable 18th place out of 67 finishers in 7:37 – just 10 seconds outside a top ten finish. This delighted her coach Keith Brackstone when he found out as it is only her fourth competitive race and she has only been running since the summer of 2011.
Hugh Sadler finished in seventh place (10:41) in a race where Team Bath finished 3 in the first 4. There were 65 finishers.
Corey Haines finished 47th in 14:18, Billie Cochrane was 50th (14:26) and Tom Krause 55th (14:34) as Ali Hurford’s group finished close together as always. There were 61 finishers.
Oscar Holdsworth was 30th (19:56) (representing Cornwall), Lewis Nightingale was 38th (20:14) and Magnus Gordon finished 58th (21:37). There were 59 finishers.
Hobie Martin (21:07) was a close runner-up 2 seconds behind fellow Cornishman Connor Robinson, with Zak Tobias seventh (21:47), Adam Speake tenth (22:27) and Luke Jacobs twelfth. Luke admitted afterwards that he started too quickly in what was a very competitive race. Kieran Young (23:32) in thirtieth place and Dan Bagnall (23:52) in thirty-eighth completed the club representation. There were 59 finishers.
Dave Taylor who compiled the report sends his apologies to the boys as, apart from the odd glance, he was unable to follow their races.
Full results are available at: http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=61403