02 April 2012

Amy Strikes Gold At Midland Cross Country Championships (28th Jan 2012)

The Midland County Cross Country Championships were held at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. Amy Griffiths ran a commanding race to claim the individual win in the U17 girls race. Faced with competition from the U20 age group as well, Amy resumed her rivalry with Becky Straw from Cannock and Staffs. The youngster tracked Straw sitting comfortably on her shoulder throughout the first 4k and broke away with 1k to take the win with a margin of 18 seconds.
Superb team packing from April Beeby and Emily Sales in 22nd and 23rd place meant that the team took the silver medal. Unfortunatley the U20 women had an incomplete team but Lucy Crookes placed 5th.

U13 Boys
In the U13 boys race Ben Dijkstra won the bronze medal after enduring a sprint finish after a tightly fought race with James Fradley (Newcastle Staffs) and Tom Dodd (Birchfield Harriers). The boys team won the gold medal with Josh West (20), Pascal Bouttier-Butler (23) and Ben Tansley (39). Such was the strength and depth in the squad that the B-Team finished in 10th place.
U15 Girls
Mari Smith U15 girls ran a great race to take the bronze medal. The youngster was in the mix with the leaders throughout the race and it was only in the final stages that the eventual winner, Lucy Holt and runner-up, Sian Rainsley managed to break away from Mari. The team finished in 6th place.

U13 Girls

In the U13 girls race, Fran Green showed her promise with an outstanding run to finish in 7th place. The youngster still has another year in this age group and this bodes well for the future. Team packing meant that the youngest age group walked away with the team bronze medal.

U15 Boys

The U15 boys also had strength and depth in their teams to win the team gold medal and for the B-Team to claim 6th place. Sam Elliott (7), James Hatton (10) Geroge Bell (18) and Tom Loring (24) won the gold medal with a total of 59 points. Mansfield were the silver medal winners with a 41 point defecit with 101 points.

U17 Boys

It was a close finish for the U17 mens team competition with the Coritanian's just pipping Birchfield to the title by 2 points. Kristian Edwards (13) James Nutt (18) Jonny Monk (23) and Will Rawlinson (42).

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