Emma Withers reports…
17 u15 boys and u17 men travelled to Sutton Park for the first race of the up and coming autumn season. Armed with the club tent we arrived on site in good time, allowing those who hadn’t run at Sutton Park before to recce the course and acclimatise to the unusually warm conditions.
Joseph Hull in his second year at u15 level, taking on the A leg, led the first team home in 14.29 (25), handing over to Eoin O Halloran, who ran with great determination, making up 14 places finishing in 14.21 (11). Misha Evans held onto 11th position, 14.58 bringing the first team home in 43.48. 11th team overall.
Second Team, with newcomer Nick Pestell, despite almost missing the team bus, was not late to the start and stuck closely to Joseph, crossing the finish in 14.52 (31), handing over to Amos Kingston who held onto 31st position, 16.43 and on the final leg, Fred Cummins, returning from injury, 16.12, making up 5 places (26). 26th team overall, 47.47.
Third Team, led out by Will Chapman, struggling with painful knees, 17.03 (43) handed over to the very experienced, Zac Roe 17.17 (36) making up 7 places. Jacob Franklin the final runner, 18.45 (33), making up another 3 places, kept up the pace. 33rd team overall, 53.05.
Fourth team, unfortunately having lost a team member to injury, set out with Ollie Robertson Kurd, in his first cross-country race, 16.28 (40), handed over to Joe McNamara 18.27 (37) showing such a huge improvement, knocking over 3 minutes off last years time. Regular training is paying off!
The u17 men set off at 12.25 following a gentle warm up. There had been much discussion in the first team and a plan devised to try to run under 40 minutes. Led out by Fred Hawker, who as planned, stayed in the top ten, finishing in 12.32 (8), taking 42 seconds off last years time, handed over to Ollie Harper, running here for the first time made up 3 places, finishing in 12.59 (5). On the final leg Steve Kerfoot, 8 seconds quicker than last year, 14.14 finished in 9th place. Finishing 9th team overall and delighted to be under 40 minutes in 39.45.
Otto Kingston, led the second team out, finishing in 15.13 almost a minute quicker than last year (35) handed over to James Casling, following a track season taking on 400m hurdles, 14.45 (28) making up 7 places and the ever consistent Jacob Roe, bringing the team home in 26th place overall, 15.58 (45.26).
A special mention goes to Nathan Marchant (time tbc) who made his debut with the Senior Men’s team and also Henry (19.03) and Billy Cochrane (23.33), who have been assisting and pacing the u15 and u17 boys recently in training.
As always the boys displayed excellent team spirit and teamwork; a good day’s running.