ANOTHER RECORD IN SENIOR X.C. RELAY
Fechin mc Cormick & James Bailey
At the weekend, the club’s senior men won their second National medals when they added the National Cross-Country Relay silver medals to their National Road Relay title four weeks earlier and again make club history as the club’s first men’s team to medal in this Championship. Those who’ve immortalised themselves in the club’s Hall of Fame on this occasion are Ryan Worland, Simon Horsfield, Charlie Hulson and Matt Bond.
These National X.C relays mark the end of the senior men’s competitions for the year and the men set off to Berry Hill Park in Mansfield buoyant as the Northern XC.Relay Champions and National 6 Stage Relays Champions and 2nd in the Northern 6 Stage Road Relays. Could the team close off the season with another national medal?
Team manager, James Bailey tells how it unfolded, “ Such is the variety in talent available to the club we were able to name 2 strong teams to compete, with the A team gunning to claim the highest ever finish, previously 4th in 2012, and the B team looking to place as high as possible against the rest of the competition.
Out first leg for the A team was Ryan Worland and for the B, Niall Brooks. Ryan is targeting the European cross country trials at Liverpool and is currently in great form following a short illness. Both Ryan and Niall set of at a good pace and were level after the 1st of the 2 laps in around 20th place. Ryan then pushed on and brought the team home in a very creditable 10th place. Niall was only 20 seconds back in 23rd place.
Simon Horsfield then took over for the A on a course, in his own words, he really loves while out for the B was James Bailey. Simon quickly made up quite a few places and was then chasing down Stockport. Unfortunately on the same leg was Andy Vernon, the quickest runner of the day by 20 seconds, and was taken over around half way through the 1st lap. Simon held on and brought the team back 6 places higher in 4th place. James, who unlike Simon, is not a fan of this course, went about taking as many places as possible. He came home in 21st place a gain of 2 positions.
Charlie Hulson and Jaimie Roden were out on the 3rd leg. Charlie, who is also targeting the European Cross trials, stuck in with the Bristol and West runner for the 1st lap before pushing on and closing the gap to 1st to only 18 seconds, could the last leg bring the club another victory? Jaimie, in his first race since the Northern cross country 'bronze' medal performance, took a steady 1st lap before pushing on and taking a further 4 places.
Matt Bond, fresh from the Bristol cross country the week before, started chasing down the AFD runner and after the 1st lap had the gap down to 14 seconds but a strong 2nd lap by the leaders brought them home 27 seconds clear.. Gareth Raven was out on last leg for the B team and despite suffering pains down one side of his chest took another 2 places and finished the team in 15th place, which was also the 2nd B team, again beaten by the AFD B team by 1 place. Interestingly, the consistency of the running by the A team was amazing with a spread of only 17 seconds over the 4 runners, compared to 67 seconds from AFD.
The club turned out teams in most age-groups. The senior women’s 20th place was their best since 2010 and were given a tremendous fillip by Lucy O’Gorman who finished 8th on the first leg with Julie Price and Emma Finney admirably completing the task. The U17 girl’s squad again demonstrated that their strength in depth is better than for many years with an A team of Catherine Podmore, Rachel Hibberd and Amber Towns finishing in 24th place (consistent with recent years) but with a B trio of Hannah Simeen, Tilly Yates and Eve Gibson finishing a B team for the first time in a decade.
Even better were our U15 girls who completed their first C team in a decade! They were unable to field their strongest A team that resulted in an uncharacteristic 24th However, there was only two places separating the A trio of Alexa Mc Tiffin, Danielle Stringer and Olivia Green from the B trio of Ellie Twite, Ciara Lydon and Francesca Brint with the C team of Frankie Reid, Frankie Davis and Charlie Reid 61st from the 86 national teams. It’s worth remembering that Ellie and Olivia were part of last year’s U13 team silver medal team who made club history by winning the club’s first ever U13 girls medals in these championships. This year’s U13 trio of Beth Thornton Tess Mc Hugh and Niamh Nugent were 25th.
The junior men were 10th, and though four places down on last year, two of the trio of Ryan Moore, Luke Betts and Chris Middleton - Ryan and Luke, ran faster legs on a wet and wild day not conducive to fast running. The U17 boy’s team of Euan Gilchrist, Luke Singleton and Adam Roden ought to take consolation from the fact they completed a team. Finally, our U13 boys turned out a squad of Luke Chesters, Harry Boyd Tom Barrett, Sam Heyworth, Bailey Hulse and Colin Avison all of whom were ‘winners’ in having gained a lot of experience in this major national arena.
Photos courtesy of www. http://www.darkstarphotos.com (1/11/2013)
Posted 04/11/2013 08:40