We had a very successful day with some outstanding results from the younger age groups. Particular mention must go to Amy Griffiths who won the U13 Girls title, Xander Tansey who placed 3rd overall, the U17 girls who won team gold medals and both the U13 girls and U15 girls teams who won silver medals.
Amy Griffiths had a battle on her hands with Louise Baker (Staffs Moorland), whom she had never beaten before. The two of them moved away from the rest of the field to make it a two horse race. With not much to seperate them, Louise made a move whilst they were in the woods and had a 30-40 metre lead on Amy with 500m to go. However, Amy did not settle for second but fought back and closed the gap once again and she passed Louise with 350m to go. Louise could not respond and Amy opened up a 6 second winning margin. A delighted Amy said ' I didn't think I could catch her but someone shouted 'it's not over yet' so I dug deep and realised she was getting closer to me. When I went past I thought she would come with me. But she didn't.'
In the team competition the home team Mansfield Harriers had their 4 scorers in the top 14 placings which was too strong for our girls who had to settle for the silver medal. Supporting Amy were Mari Smith (7) and Jemima Green (20) who will both have another chance in next years championships. Rachel Borrows was 4th scorer just behind Jemima in 23rd place. The non-scorers were India Mitchell-Jarvis (37) Hannah Perry (39) Ellen Coady (66) Yasmin Gibson (91) and Becky Saunders (105)
1st Mansfield Harriers 41 points
2nd Leicester Coritanian 51 points
Xander Tansey, fresh from his winning streak at the West Midlands Cross Country League last weekend had renewed confidence and ran a tactically sound race starting steadily in the pack and working his way through the field to claim a superb 3rd place. Sam Elliott finished in 18th place and he is a bottom aged athlete who will have another two years at this age group!
In the team competition Xander and Sam were supported by Charlie Stevenson (34) Will Rawlinson (37 to claim the silver medals
The non-scorers were Ben Craig (48) Phil Maddocks (56) Ryan Lee (57) Robbie Moulding (60) Zak Anderson (80) Cameron Hart (99)
The team finished 4th which bodes well for the future
Freya Vincent (11) ran a solid race to be the highest placed Coritanian in the U15 girls team leading the team to the silver medal. Georgie Brookes, who is coming back to form was the next runner home in 15th place, April Beeby (28) and Emily Orton (31) completed the team with 85 points but Halesowen won with 70 points.
The non-scoring runners were Helena Smith (58) Bethan Elliot (69)
The U15 Boys put in a solid performance but lacked the necessary cutting edge to challenge for a medal. The individual placings were:
Jake Kench (21) James Nutt (26) Harry Mullen (31) Johnny Monk(56)
The team finished in 5th place with 134 points
The Under 17 girls team confirmed their emergence as a force at Midlands level by winning the team gold medals in a very close battle with Rugby and Northampton. Both teams had 39 points but Coritanians won on countback. Lucy Crookes led the team in fine style with her 4th place overall and she was well supported with some great team packing from Catherine Robertson (17) and Louisa Monk (18). Amy Danaher finished in 24th place proving that the team has depth.
This was the first time that the U17 Girls had won this event in over 20 years and it builds on the bronze medal performance back in September at the Midland Road Relays. They are also currently leading the West Midlands League.
This all bodes very well for the future as we work towards building a senior ladies team
This was another significant result as it has been quite some time since a Coritanain U17 Youths squad finished in the top 6 in a Midlands Championship. The team's 5th placing shows that we are building in the right direction and as with the U17 girls bodes well for the future.
The individual placings were Elliot Hart (14) Liam Phelan (31) Danny Callow (34) Stephen Maddocks (38). Elliot's 14th was a particularly good effort!
Tom Nutt (36)