08 March 2015

Middle Distance Squad - Inter Counties Cross Country Results

Results from the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships, Cofton Park

Leicester Coritanian athletes were involved in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships which was held at Cofton Park, Birmingham yesterday. The athletes had been selected to compete for Leicestershire & Rutland after competing well in their age groups throughout the cross country season.

With warm, spring like conditions, the ground was firm underfoot and a stark contrast to the mud at Parliament Hill at the English National's only two weeks ago.

Ben Dijkstra was the highest place individual Coritanian athlete on the day with his 2nd place in the U17 men's race. Ben lost out to eventual winner Mahamed Mahamed from Hampshire by 15 seconds.

Full results:

U13g 3k

Emma Richards 62nd place 13:56
Zena Challenger 133rd place 14:26

U15g 4k

Neve Grimes 77th place 20:21
Rhea Cooper 140th place 21:05

U17 women 5k

Caitlin Roper 53rd place 22:28
Alex West 131st place 23:57
Mikela Gilmore 237th place 27:01

U17 men 6k

Ben Dijkstra 2nd place 18:50
Oliver Freer 89th place 21:22
Pascal Bouttier-Butler 177th place 22:27

U20 women 6k

Charlie Preston 129th place 30:07

U20 men 8k

Cameron Hart 133rd place 27:47
James Hatton 146th place 28:12

Senior Women 8k

Jo Bradford 241st place 32:54

Senior Men 12k

Mark Powell 63rd place 37:25

06 March 2015

Middle Distance Squad - Mini Marathon Trials

Young athletes win selection for the Mini Marathon at trials

Young athletes competed around the roads at Leicester's County Hall on Sunday 1st March in order to gain selection for the Mini Marathon. The trials are held in order to select the first six athletes in each age group to represent the East Midlands Team.

Ben Dijkstra won the U17 men's race, Caitlin Roper was 3rd in the U17 women's race and Neve Grimes was 3rd in the U15 girl's race. Congratulations to Ben, Caitlin and Neve, who will race over the last three miles of the London Marathon Course next month.

Full results:

Emma Richards 10th place 19:51
Grace Smith 14th place 20:03
Zena Challenger 15th place 20:06

Neve Grimes 3rd place 18:47
Rhea Cooper 18th place 20:48
Hannah Ord 20th place 21:38

U17 women
Caitlin Roper 3rd place 18:10
Alex West 10th place 19:43

U17 men
Ben Dijkstra 1st place 15:13
Alfie Thompson 7th place 15:53
Oliver Freer 13th place 16:36
Pascal Bouttier-Butler 15th place 17:14
Amrik Gill 16th place 17:45


Middle Distance Squad - England Athletics U20 Championships

England Athletics Age Group Championships, Sheffield

Mari Smith and Caeildih Ross competed in the England Athletics U20 Indoor Championships at Sheffield over the weekend of 28th February to 1st March.

Mari was 4th in heat 2 in the 800m with her time of 2:18.76 whilst Caelidh Ross was 5th in the 1500m in 4:52.26.

25 February 2015

Middle Distance Squad - National Cross Country Championships

Mud bath at Parliament Hill!

There was no escaping the heavy mud and sludge at Parliament Hill on Saturday. Already a tough course because of it's hilly terrain, the mud and standing water made for very difficult conditions for the athletes to contend with, including Neve Grimes losing her spike and still finishing the race!

As the day wore on and the ground churned up race by race, there was hardly any grass to be seen and the athletes were left with the prospect of racing in thick treacle like mud. But undeterred the athletes acquitted themselves to the task well and achieved some brilliant results.

Both Emma Richards (U13g) and Mari Smith (U20w) finished in 17th place in their respective races. Being a newcomer to the Nationals, Emma held her nerve and ran an outstanding race to lead her team home. Whilst Mari is on the comeback trail after illness, she easily had her best race to date and looked more like her old self. 

The junior women team placed 9th overall and following Mari home was Caelidh Ross (76) and Charlie Preston (130).

Full results:


Emma Richards (17) 13:28
Zena Challenger (96) 14:18
Grace Smith (130) 14:35
Emma Gascoigne (246) 15:26

Team 16th place 489 points


Neve Grimes (76) 17:15
Rhea Cooper (91) 17:29
Beane Moores (142) 18:02
Megan Rowley (287) 20:16

Team 18th place 596 points


Alex West (126) 23:52
Mikela Gilmore (138) 24:03
Fiona Brown (159) 24:33

U17 men

Alfie Thompson (58) 22:38
Oliver Freer (69) 22:53
Amrik Gill (175) 24:51
Matt Griffiths (247) 27:09

Team 13th place 549 points

Junior Women

Mari Smith (17) 24:58
Caelidh Ross (76) 28:23
Charlie Preston (130) 40:28

Team 9th place 223 points

Junior Men

James Nutt (81) 38:31

Middle Distance Squad - British Indoor Championships

Mari heads indoors!

Mari Smith competed at the Sainsbury's Indoor British Championship at Sheffield over the weekend of 14th and 15th February.

Competing with senior women like Jenny Meadows, Mari ran well to finish in 5th place in heat 2 with her time of 2:12.27. Had she been in another heat, her time would have seen her through to the final. This was her best opening indoor race to date and will hopefully bode well for the forth-coming track season.

24 February 2015

Middle Distance Squad - Cross Challenge

Results from the British Athletics Cross Challenge, Milton Keynes

There were top placings for three athletes competing in the Cross Challenge series at Milton Keynes on Saturday 7th February.

Zena Challenger was 18th in the U13 girls race, Rhea Cooper was 22nd in the U15 girls race and Mark Powell was 19th in the Senior Men's race.

25 January 2015

Middle Distance Squad - Midland Cross Country Championship results

Individual bronze for Emma and team silver for U17 mens team

It was the Midland Cross Country Championships yesterday at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. The picturesque course is undulating and testing. However, Emma Richards (u13g) made light work of  it with her tremendous run. Carving her way through the field, Emma finished in 3rd place and only 6 seconds behind the eventual winner, Laura Aryeetey of Charnwood.

Solid packing from the U17men was enough for them to win the silver medal with a total of 77 points. Led home by Pascal Bouttier-Butler in 13th place, Amrik Gill (20), Alfie Thompson (21) and Oliver Freer (23) were the other scoring members.

Full results:


Emma Richards (3) 11:55
Grace Smith (16) 12:34
Zena Challenger (20) 12:38
Samantha Dyson (109) 15:07

6th placed team 148 points


Neve Grimes (11) 15:42
Rhea Cooper (32) 16:32
Beane Moores (40) 16:48
Megan Rowley (80) 17:53

6th placed team 163 points

U17 women

Alex West (25) 20:55
Mikela Gilmore (35) 21:44
Fiona Brown (45) 22:32

7th place team 105 points

U17 men

Pascal Bouttier-Butler (13) 21:16
Amrik Gill (20) 21:35
Alfie Thompson (21) 21:39
Oliver Freer (23) 21:43
Edward Thomas (61) 24:15
Alfie Lowe (66) 25:08

U20 women

Mari Smith (10) 19:45
Charlie Preston (22) 23:36

U20 men

Kristian Edwards (29) 29:20

Senior Women

Manju Moon (138) 38:24

Senior Men

Mark Powell (27) 29:20
Richard Whitelegg (139) 45:18