With overnight snow making Burbage Common look more like Lapland than Leicestershire the latest cross country race for the WMYACCL was like an assault course rather than a cross country course. Hat’s off to all the athletes on the day coping with freezing conditions snow and lots of deep icy mud!
The Tamworth AC athletes took it all in their stride with the Under 17 Women starting off the races. Rebecca Brayer giving her usual strong performance finishing in 9th place.
The Under 11 boys race was next, the Tamworth AC athletes determined at the start to get to the front. James Stretton once again proving himself finishing in a valiant 9th place. Kai Buckley finished strongly in 20th place with his team mate Luca Bradley close behind in 26th. Daniel Aston was next in 43rd place and Caydon Fairburn finished off the Tamworth AC squad in 61st place. On the day the under 11 boys team finished in 4th place.
The Under 11 girls team ran in the next race. Despite the conditions they ran from the start with huge smiles on their faces until they reach the first stretch of mud squealing as they went through it. Teagan Vickery was the first Tamworth AC girl home in 20th place followed by Emily Pearce 30th, Imogen Milligan 42nd, Connie Allen 48th, Ellie Gauntlett 63rd, Daisy Smith 84th and Skye Wesson 113th. The under 11 girls team finished in 7th place.
The Under 15 Boys race was next with all the Tamworth AC athletes coming inside the first 40. James Oakley ran strongly to finish 19th, Bradley Hammond ran superbly to finish in 27th followed by Max Kent 29th, Tom Holloway 30th and Andrew Woods in 36th. The superb placings meant that the team finished on the day in 5th place.
The Under 13 Girls ran next with Abi Hamer as usual leading the Tamworth AC team finishing in 16th place. Charlotte Perry was next in 30th place, Katie Stretton was 54th, Sophie Perry came 57th and the final runner for Tamworth AC was Amy Cook in 94th place. The Tamworth AC girls finished 9th in the team result.
The Under 13 Boys once again gave a good performance despite the conditions. Ben Edwards led the team finishing in 10th place, James Sherriff was close behind in 15th, James Walker followed up in 20th, Adam Morton finished in 25th and Fin Cross was the final team member finishing in 43rd. The splendid positions of the team meant that on the day they finished in 3rd place.
The Under 15 Girls team are proving to be a force to be reckoned with. Hannah Brayer ran a superbly strong race to finish in 3rd place, close behind in 5th place came Charlotte Bush and Eve Clawley finished just behind Bush in 6th place. Erin Bush crossed the line in 38th place. Short of one athlete for the team placings the girls finished in 8th place.