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WEST MIDLANDS YOUNG ATHLETES CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE

The first West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League was held on 15 October 2017 at Hatton Country World, near Warwick. Overall, the team is lying in 5th place with 5456 points after the first match. Last year we were lying in 6th with 4972, a great improvement.

Boys/U17 Men’s Report

Fine weather prevailed for the sixth consecutive year at this opening race at Hatton where a newly designed course offered several twists and turns to be negotiated by the athletes.

For the first time in several years we had 5 counters + 4 U11 athletes lined up on the start line for the first race. Oliver Hurd 8th, Ash Burgess 19th, Charlie Smith 24th, Harvey Graham 43rd, Jack Hendley Smith 60th, Nitin Arya Puligari 88th, Henry Baker –Yearwood 106th, Simeon Swain 109th, and George Astbury 120th brought the team home into 2nd place on 851 points. A very promising performance considering the team contained six new recruits.

Birchfield’s U13 team without several key athletes did a sterling job in bringing the team home in 4th place on 861 points. New recruit Jensen Peake impressed on his first outing for the team crossing the finishing line in 6th place, followed by Alex Dickson 14th. Alex Cook 33rd, Caleb Coley 35th, Ben Ferguson 56th, Daniel Hawes 60th and Josh Coley 77th.This team have the potential to move up the league table throughout the remaining race series.

Birchfield’s U15 team strongly fancied to take the league title have established a lead at the top after the first race with a cushion of 50 points over the opposition Halesowen A &CC. with their 5 counters inside the first 11 finishers. Ryan Shields 2nd, Alex Stapleton 5th, Dylan King 6th, Sam McFall 9th, James Vaughan 11th, Henri Bedford 30th and Kyle Corbin 42nd. This talented squad of athletes all put on a fine display of competitive running. The team are on 972 points.

The U17 Men’s young team all of whom team will have another year to compete in this league have the most challenging task in trying to get amongst the medals this season are placed in 6th position on 524 points ( there are 3 counters in the U17 teams points calculation). Michael Gayle 22nd, Nathan Casey 27th, Dan Swain 30th, Jarred Malcom Roberts 31st, Hugo Villabos Finigan 45th and Noah Cooke 63rd being the race finishers. Ben Prince twisted an ankle on the course and was forced to pullout of the race to prevent further injury.

This was a thoroughly satisfying performance from the thirty Birchfield Boys/ U7 Men’s young athletes that took part in this event. Keep competing in the forthcoming league races and maintain the pressure on the opposition.

A comprehensive set of race results are on www.wmyaccl.com

Some splendid RELAYS race action photo’s are on www.racephotos.org.uk

Tony Frain
Young athletes road & cross country manager

Girls/U17 Women’s Report

We had 5 counters in the first event, U11 Girls. Amira Hamilton finished in a superb 2nd, followed by Livia Casey 60th, Ruby Baker-Wright 64th, Katie Collis 80th and Ava McMorrow 85th. 125 finished the course. The team finished in 7th place with 714 points. Great improvement from 10th place with 471 last year.

In U13 Girls, Amy Harland was not able to compete but the rest of the team managed to secure 10th position with 728 points. Hope Kendall 19th, Belle Skidmore 55th, Milly Woodman-Booth 63rd, Vienna Blair 67th and Caitlin Casey 73rd. There were 112 runners for this event.

We only had two runners in U15 Girls. Poppy Jones 33rd and Maisie Jo Cartmell 62nd finishing in 14th with 307 points. 85 completed the course.

Birchfield U17 Women finished in 11th with 499 points, however, as two of our athletes will have another year in this age group, they are expected to do well in the future. Savannah Causer 15th, Caitlin McMorrow 43rd and Leah Spencer 46th. There were 63 runners in this race.

The next event will be held at Warley Woods on 19 November 2017.

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