Story by Allen Cook, Pictures by Lynette Clawley
Tamworth AC athletes took part in the 2nd meeting of the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League on Sunday 20th November. A cold and cloudy day but the anticipated rain held off and the athletes were able to concentrate on competitive running.
Unfortunately illness prevented some of the athletes from attending which left Emily Findlater as the only athlete competing in the U17W race. Emily ran bravely on the hilly course at Warley Woods finishing in a good 41st position.
Toby Wooton, Oisin Au and Oliver Aston ran next in the U11B race, Toby finishing an excellent 4th and Oisin and Oliver in 66th and 77th place respectively.
In the U17M race James Oakley took the hills in his stride and finished a commendable 21st. Tom Holloway also ran well finishing in 37th place.
In the U11G race there were nine athletes competing. The five scoring athletes managed to keep close to one another maximising their points score. Saoirse Au was 39th, Connie Allen 40th, Angelica Rakmee 53rd , Natasha Lee 56thand Freya Cole 57th. Kirsten Mc Claren was 60th, Daisy Smith came 80th. Eleanor Corpe and Molly Taunton finished in 114th and 125th place respectively.
U15B Max Kent who has been getting stronger this year had a spectacular run finishing in 7th place against strong opposition. James Sherriff had a good run in 33rd place and James Walker followed on in 53rd. Lucas Fulleylove was the 4th member of the U15B team finishing in 84th place.
Finishing in 21st place Abi Hamer was the leading Tamworth girl home in the U13G race. A strong run gave Emily Pearce 57th place Behind her with a determined run came Tegan Vickery in 64th, Imogen Mulligan in 70th and Ellie Gauntlett in 84th.
The U13B came next with another good showing from the Tamworth athletes. Ben Edwards headed up the team in 15th place with James Stretton hot on his heels in 16th place. Harry Chesterton finished in a very good 29th place and Oran Au was not far behind in 41st place. Completng the point scoring team came Daniel Aston in 56th place. Team mates Kai Buckley, Kian Dickson and Caydon Fairburn finished in 58th, 85th and 100th.
Eve Clawley still struggling with form after a summer of injury came an excellent 8th in the U15G race. Remarkable runs from the Perry twins who have recently improved dramatically earned Charlotte 35th place, Sophie not to be outdone crossing the line 1 second behind in 36th place. It was a joy to witness. This was also a double pat on the back for Sophie, she did the Leicestershire and Rutland school cross country 3rd round, and came a brilliant 20th, her best position so far. Sian Lewis followed in 58th place and Katie Stretton in 63rd place.