Sutton Park on Sunday was wet – very, very wet, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of our Young Athlete teams in the National Road Relays. Everything I said about performances from the Seniors on the Saturday carried forward into the young athletes’ performances on the Sunday. The under-13 girls were an inexperienced team but ran exceptionally well and as their experience levels increase they will perform even better than their eighteenth place. Nancy Dineen in only her second race for the club gave the team a great start finishing in eighteenth place in 15:33. On the second leg Isobel Leeming passed 7 teams to finish eleventh in 15:38 and who knows how much quicker she would have run with 2 shoes. A surprised Keith Brackstone caught her shoe part way round the lap and it shows her commitment to the team that she ran a large part of her lap with only one shoe. Olivia Crofts ran 16:53 on the last lap to bring the team home in eighteenth place. A great result from an inexperienced team.
As usual Ali Hurford had her under-13 boys ready – for many of them it was only their second run for the club but they rose to the challenge and finished fortieth with Dan Marshall forty-seventh in 16:31 on a very competitive first leg, Nathan Marchant brought the team up to forty-third on the second leg clocking 16:54 and Stan Harding-Hill gained three places to finish fortieth in 16:43. Dylan Quibell (18:02) and Ned Clarke (20:02) gained great experience running for an incomplete ‘B’ team.
Dave Bedwell’s under-15 boy’s teams were very even and as with our other teams many were first year in the age group so were gaining valuable experience that will stand them in good stead for next year when they will be in the top year in the age group. The ‘A’ team finished twenty-ninth: Kieron Dunkley’s first leg of 14:12 brought the team home in forty-first place, a position Jack Flower maintained on the second lap as he clocked 14:29. Harry Leeming cut through the field on the third leg as his clocking of 13:29 lifted the team to twenty-ninth place. Billy Cochrane led out for the ‘B’ team and finished forty-ninth in 14:34, on leg two Anton Mills clocked 14:33 to come home in forty-sixth place, with Kyle Haynes clocking 14:40 on the anchor leg to finish forty-second. The ‘C’ team were not too far behind with Reuben Wilmshurst home in forty-second place in 14:16 on the first leg (only just behind Kieron for the ‘A’ team). Otis Harding-Hill ran 16:03 on the second leg to come home in fifty-eighth place before Hugh Sadler clocked 14:04 to finish in forty-seventh place. It was great to see this age group close in three full teams. It will be interesting to see what this group can do with another year’s training behind them.
A difficult day weather wise but it didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the young athletes who are now looking forward to racing at the Gwent League at Pontypool on Saturday 19th October 2013.
Full results are available at http://www.race-results.co.uk/results/2013/index.php