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SEAA CROSS COUNTRY RELAYS

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At last a real team event with both middle distance training groups traveling and having fun together (manor from heaven ;)

So we booked a coach a very smart coach and we all piled in and went for a day out !!! thank you MGB for arranging the payment !!!

Now whilst wormwood scrubs is better known for criminals to come stay it’s also a really big scrubland (funny that) and great for cross country relays…

First up were the U20 & U17 ladies teams of Alex Clay, Lilly Coward and Bobby Clay & Sarah Hall.Lydia Gallyer-Barnett and Anna Weston. In those orders each running 2.5k on a very fast course in great conditions….

Well needless to say Alex took it out hard and fast(07.56) and created a good gap to the second place runner. having handed over to Lilley ,she needed to maintain the gap and the pressure was on..Lilley ran brilliantly(9.01) and I think actually increased the distance leaving the final leg to Bobby, 1st place was in the bag(07.46) as lets be frank even Tirunesh Dibaba wouldn’t catch her in this form..1st win of the day …The U17’s competed really well with Sarah Hall leading the way in the fastest time of the team (9.05) and 12th place, handing over to Lydia (who worked really hard against a very heavy cold ) and kept us in the running (9.47)  who then handed over to Anna who chased down some runners to cement that 12th place finish (9.11) really good effort and  a team that could do even better if we get another chance.

Next up the U20 guys… a fiercely competitive group of guys  Jack Goss led off our team ..how great it is to see this young man back racing after a difficult injury ridden summer real quality always shines and just 10.46 saw him round the 3k course and handing over to a rapidly improving Dylan Rigby in in third place…reducing the gap marginally to the second placed team (11.10) Dylan ran well and handed the race over to the FLASH its my new name for Abel Tsegay..wow he is some talent… took the second place guy out really quickly but even the fastest run of the day (10.00) couldn’t quite catch the 1st place team. great effort guys…

So onto our U13 girls each running 2k….Ellie Laffey thrown in at the deep end with forty four other young ladies maintained a steady pace right round the course coming in 30th (08.51)much more to come from this talented young lady I think.. over to Freya Lee ..I think it fair to say Freya is getting quicker and more confident six places taken 24th position and a very good (08.31) time and handed over to Alex Millard…well Alex clearly likes to race ,overtake people and chase them down and that’s exactly what she did…(07.57) and a 15th place finish !!! Fab !!!

The U13 boys Joe Laffey ,Alex Holliday & Oliver Weston went off in that order…Joe is so competitive and a real racer and it showed the reward  7th place (07.27)
and handed over to Alex…he is very much learning to race and went of at his pace but must have suffered somewhere on the course as he dropped to 15th
it maybe there were some faster boys on his leg his time was 08.11 but I know he can go faster so much to look forward too .next Oliver set out with some determination but as we know chasing down runners in cross country is a tough business but Oliver ran a great leg gaining a place but a good time of 07.52 over the 2k course. Well done boys…

The under 15 girls had the same 2k course to navigate and the team of Alice Mount, Esther Laffey and Emily Bond set off in that order…Alice gritted her teeth
and ran hard coming in 19th (08.11) she is still learning, this being her second season but I suspect once she has mastered the art will get better and better .handing over to Esther who last weekend was recovering from some illness, Esther clearly having lost a little of her fitness following that.. battled hard 08.23 ,I know Esther is a fantastic young runner I think when she is back in full fitness will be a force to be reckoned with…handing over to Emily…the field now scattered far apart it left her with very much a run against the clock and a very respectable 07.50 ensued. its always difficult running cross country in no mans land but it was a good run and I hope Emily is pleased..18th place overall..

Last man to race was the ever improving Billy Harrop..he was the only U15 boy available …knowing his liking of distance I did think of asking him to run all three legs and knowing him as I do I’m sure he would have done it !!..however the officials would have moaned and I didn’t want the ear bashing so he went of on the first leg to stretch his legs and get involved ,84 lads lined up and Billy showed his potential with a 33rd place and a time of 07.13…he bemoaned to me after it was way too short for his liking…but Peter and I think Billy is on the up and one to watch !!

After that we all made our way back to the coach and we headed home via two McDonalds as it was agreed we should all have a McFlurry alas the first one their machine was broken and the second closed for re-furbishment I didn’t have the nerve to ask the driver to find another so we all had to make do with donuts and biscuits that the committee had provided..

Overall I think we all did really well, the feedback is everyone enjoyed it and the coach was a great success. I still remember days out like this from when I competed (no comments please about were coached invented then) Athletics isn’t just about running and racing it's about making friends creating memories and being a team..I for one think that was achieved well done all !!!

 

 

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