September 23rd, 2016

Young athletes perform superbly at county cross country championships

Updated: 12:42 pm, Jan 12, 2016

BROMSGROVE & REDDITCH Athletic Club’s youngsters excelled at the Worcestershire Cross Country Championships held at Warley Woods in Sandwell on Saturday.

Competing over a hilly course with mixed going underfoot, they emerged with seven individual medals and two team championships titles.

The most successful team was the under 15 girls who filled the first four places overall in the race, which also incorporated athletes from neighbouring Warwickshire.

They were led home over the 4k course by Ellen Bowen who claimed her first county championship title.

She was followed by Alice Battey who won the silver medal, Amy Mijovic-Couldwell in the bronze medal position and Anna Nicod in fourth.

With three to score for the team championship, they achieved the best possible points score.

With Anna Nicod in fourth, Ellie Moss ninth and Beth Sykes 14th, Bromsgrove & Redditch were also the first placed B team.

Conor Smith won the under 17 men’s championship by more than 40 seconds over a 6km course.

He led the team to a championship-winning performance, whilst Gareth Richardson took the bronze medal for third place and Alex Johnson completed the team in eighth.

Meanwhile, Tom Deykin took the bronze medal in the under 15 boys’ race and Ruth Gameson took bronze in the under 20 women’s race.

There were also good performances from Sophie Groom (eighth) and Lauren Sykes (21st) in the under 13 girls’ race, Harrison Mayne (11th) and Josh Keyte (13th) in the under 13 boys’ event, David Peaty (13th) in the under 15 boys’ race, Megan Nicod (seventh) in the under 17 girls’ race and Lewis Anderson (18th) in the under 20 men’s race.

Coach Vince Rollason has guided all the medal-winning athletes to success.

The athletes who finished in the first six places in their race have been selected to represent Worcestershire in the Inter-County Championships at Cofton Park on March 12 when they will be hoping for further good performances.

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