13 October 2008

West Midlands Young Athletes League Race 1, Pype Hayes, October 12th 2008

The Coritanians are in a healthy position with individual and team results that saw them win 3 individual races. The course was fast with a slightly challenging hill at the finish and it was heavy underfoot in some areas.

The Under 17 girls entered a team for the first time in several years. Lucy Crookes was in fine form and had a commanding lead throughout the race and won the race in superb style. She was supported by team mates Louisa Monk (7), Catherine Robertson (10) and Amy Danaher (15). This strong team performance has put the girls in the lead with 585 points with Tipton in 2nd place with 579 points. In the U13 girls race Amy Griffiths won her race with a 26 second margin over second placed athlete, Nicole Bailey Halesowen. Amy took the race out hard and was never under any pressure. Livvy Tansey had a final flourish to finish in 8th place. The girls were backed up by Rachel Borrows (30), Nettie Burd (36), Becky Saunders (57) and Catherine Jones (142). The team are in joint second place overall with Royal Sutton Coldfield on 875 points with Halesowen in first place with 911 points.

The third individual win came in the U11 boys race where Sam Elliott took the honours after a hard fought race. Sam went out with the leading pack and worked his way to the front, where he broke away with about 600m to go. Sam's team mates were Ben Crookes (21) and Reece Thomas (47).

The U11 girls were out in numbers today and they put in some confident performances. For many it was their first 'outing' for the club on the country. Eleanor Long ran a confident race, staying with the leading pack and finishing in a fine 4th place. She was followed by Shannon Anderson (11), Bronya Bird (15), Niamh Kirk (19), Lucy Whitehead (35), Chloe Cotterill (55), Molly McCallister (56), Olivia Bramley (59), Katie Saunders (66), Lucy Perry (74) and Sarah Jones (81). This leaves the girls in second place overall with 921 points and trailing Royal Sutton Coldfield by just 20 points.

In the U15 girls Freya Vincent, last years U15 champion, was in fourth place after the first lap but she worked hard and was rewarded with second place. Megan Fairbrother (8), April Beeby (17), Bethan Elliott (45) and Jasmine Mellor (56) put the team in 4th place with 877 points behind leaders Cannock and Staffs 934 points. Special mention must go to Bethan who was not due to be running but who donned various peoples running kit to complete the race for the team points!

In the U13 boys Xander Tansey found himself in a hotly contested race with several of the boys tussling for the top positions. Xander pushed on with 800m to go and was rewarded with second place. His fellow team mates were Zak Anderson (38) and Jed Halpine-Mecabe (75). In the U15 boys bottom aged Jonathan Monk finished in a commendable 33rd place.

In the U17 boys Liam Phelan finished in a creditable 11th place.

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