U/17 Men Take 2nd Northern Title.
I put out the same team in the same order as at the previous weeks road relay, and they were totally dominant once again, despite the sweltering and humid heat. The course was bone dry but very undulating, and it was very tiring in the heat.
Ryan Moore had a to and from battle on the first stage with Tom Bains of Hallamshire and he was just beaten to the finish, where as on the longer flatter road course last week, it was Ryan who came out on top. Dillon Bezzina brought the B Team home in 13th Place.
On the second Stage Alex Burchill took a three second deficit into five second lead, whilst Khaled Absiyeh moved the B team up to 11th. The final stage saw Chris McGahan, the English Schools 800m winner of two years ago, Look comfortable in increasing the winning lead to 20 seconds, behind him Kyle Conway. Moved the B team up to 9th place. Before the presentation the team went off to do a short grass session on a shaded hill,
of 5 X 45 seconds uphill, in preparation for the National Road Relay in two weeks.
The Senior Men used this race essentially as a training session as well also as getting used to short relay racing before the more important National finals of road and cross country. James Bailey came in 4th on the first stage and remained 4th fastest of the day, and Charlie Hulson ran steadily for the B Team a little further back. Niall Brooks pulled the leaders back to take the lead, but was cautious with his size 13's on the wooded and rooty sections and came in just three seconds down in second. Elton Davies having been stuck in traffic for ages, couldn't warm up, but still ran a solid leg for the B team.
Dean Hardman had also been in traffic for two and a half hours, but a competitive run from him shows progress for his new found endurance running, he still shows his sprint ability when needed and his 7th place showed a good solid run. James Bailey had his second run of the day on this third stage, to move the B team up, And the differential in times was good.
Charlie Hulson had his second run of the day, slightly faster than his first run to keep us in 7th place, Niall Brooks on his second run moved the B team through the field, and his time differential showed great promise for this early stage in his winter training, and with an eye on the 2012 Olympics the bigger picture.
I had pre-arranged with the race referee to have the lads run twice as long as the B team was a non-counter. http://www.noeaa-athletics.org.uk/FileUploads/Under_17_Men_2011.PDF
(Written by Dave Rodgers)
Posted 15/01/2012 19:54