On a day when the extremely muddy conditions caused concerns for the event officials which resulted in a pretty chaotic hour when start times were put back and courses changed at short notice our U13 Boys excelled themselves! They kept their focus throughout to give a superb demonstration of team running as they packed their 4 scoring runners between 13th and 22nd scoring 69 points to finish 33 clear of 2nd placed Tonbridge.
The time gap between 1st counter Ben Dijkstra in 13th and Alfie Thompson 22nd, the 4th scorer was a mere 7 seconds - quite stunning team packing!
Sam Elliott, 15th and George Bell, 19th completed the scoring 4 on an historic day for the club which promises much for the future. If these lads can stay together as they move through the age groups, combining with the existing U15s and U17s who are also making excellent progress, then the prospects for a Coritanian Senior Men's team to match the great squad of the 1980s could become a real possibility!!
In the U15 Boys race Xander Tansley produced a great individual run as he stormed home in 7th position and the team finished a very repectable 8th to underline their position as the top Midland Counties club following on from the win at Leamington on January 29th.
Our U15 Girls finished just outside the medals in 4th place. Mari Smith led the way with a terrific 11th place followed by Amy Griffiths who recovered from an early fall to finish 17th. Good support from Jemima Green (99th) and India Mitchell-Jarvis (128th) secured the 4th position ahead of some of the more fancied teams and they too were the top Midland Counties squad.
Lucy Crookes had a very solid run in the Junior Ladies race finishing 37th as she continues to make progress this winter. In the same race, Sarah Johnson, who has joined us second claim, produced a superb performance finishing 10th in a very high class race.
U13 Girl Caitlin Roper showed promise with a fine 45th in her first season with the club and Stefan Ashman led the U17 Boys home with a creditable 62nd placing.
Finally, it was good to have a presence in the Senior Ladies race where Jo Bradford and Chloe Morris acquitted themselves admirably finishing 100th and 222nd respectively