THERE was an impressive turnout of Bromsgrove & Redditch Athletic Club members at Sunday’s West Midland Young Athletes League meeting at Warley Woods in Smethwick.
The 4.8km U17 men’s event saw Gareth Richardson finish sixth, Tom Deykin 22nd and Alexander Johnson 51st.
In the U17 girls’ equivalent Amy Mijovic-Cauldwell was seventh, Ellen Bowen ninth, Ellie Moss and Chelsea Wright 22nd and Alice Battey 25th.
The 3.2km U15 boys’ race brought a fifth placed finish for Joseph Hamilton, Harrison Mayne was 52nd, Joseph Keyte 66th, Jack Johnston 67th and Trenton Roberts 77th.
Anna Nicod led the way for the U15 girls as she came seventh, ahead of Beth Sykes in 11th and Connie Gould who was 90th.
The 2.5km U13 boys’ race saw Joshua Roberts finished second, Joe Cunliffe 13th, Seb Purvis 27th, George Goodwin 45th, Harry Williams 77th and James Pickup 91st.
In the girls’ event for the same age group Natalie Hatfield finished eighth, Ellie Pardy 13th, Sophie Groom 35th, Esme Ranger 46th, Louise Osborne 53rd, Lauren Sykes 96th and Quincy Roberts 111th.
Finnan Robins was third in the 1.6km U11 boys’ contest, Pijus Tvardauskas seventh, Nathan Sanders 18th and Aiden Moore 94th.
The U11 girls’ race saw Josie Mawdsley finish 59th, Amelie Ranger 90th, Sophie Evans 96th and Evah Melsom 97th.
THE MIDLANDS Seven and Women’s Five-mile Cross Country Championship took place at Bulwell Hall Park near Mansfield.
The men’s course was one small lap and three large laps and the course was very firm, although spikes were needed for the climbs.
From the gun, Jack Gray make it clear it was his race and he led from start to finish.
With no representation from B&R, it was left to former club man Joe Smith to fly the flag for his home town of Redditch.
Smith was involved in a tremendous battle with his Tipton Harriers team-mate but dug deep to finish second.
Tipton took the gold medal team prize as Smith claimed his second Midlands team accolade in five weeks.
The next meeting for the men is on December 3 when the Birmingham Cross Country League Division One second round takes place at Sandwell Valley.