11 Juniors represent Staffordshire Schools – 8/12/2018

Dec 11 - 11 Juniors represent Staffordshire Schools – 8/12/2018

We had 11 of our juniors representing Staffordshire Schools at Saturdays David Sunderland Inter County Championships held at a wet and muddy Winsford. Our juniors had been selected to represent Staffordshire Schools against the top athletes from Cheshire, Shropshire, Merseyside, Cumbria, Surrey, West Midlands, Warwickshire and Hereford & Worcester.

Grace Egan gained her first county vest in the Minor Girls (Year 7) race, which was run over 1 large lap ~2km. Grace finished 115th position in a time of 10:56, was the 14th Staffordshire runner and helped the team finish 5th.

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Grace – 1st county vest

In the Minor Boys (Year 7) race Daniel Jones gained his first county vest, racing again over 1 large lap ~2km. Daniel finished 100th in a time of 9:12 and was the 11th Staffordshire runner and helped the team finish in 6th.

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Dan – 1st county vest

In the Junior Girls Race (Years 8 & 9) Lucy Brownsword competed once again for the county, this time running 1 small and 1 large lap ~3500m. Lucy finished in 84th position in a time of 16:35 and was the 10th Staffordshire runner. The Staffs team finished in 7th.

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Lucy – Staffs Junior girls runner

In the Junior Boys Race (Years 8 & 9) we had two competitors, with Tom Barnett and Charlie Ranford both earning their county vests over 2 large laps ~4km. After a really close race Charlie just pipped Tom at the finish, with Charlie finishing in 80th and Tom finishing in 81st, both recorded the same time of 17:12. They were the 9th and 10th Staffordshire runners and the team finished in 6th place.

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Charlie and Tom in the Junior Boys Race

In the Intermediate Girls race (years 10 & 11) we had five competitors, with Poppy Ranford and Lily Stevens both gaining their first Staffs county vests. After some really close racing, Nadine Tomkinson was 21st (17:50), Misha Twardochleb was 43rd (18:46), Scarlett Cotton was 45th (18:47), Poppy Ranford was 50th (18:58), and Lily Stevens was 71st (20:40) – Nadine was 4th, Misha was 8th, Scarlett was 9th, Poppy was 10th and Lily was 11th Staffordshire runners. The Staffordshire Intermediate Girls team were the winners on the day.

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Nadine on her way to 21st in the Inter Girls

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Scarlett and Misha – racing in the Intermediate girls

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Poppy – running a strong race in the Inter Girls

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Lily – First Staffs Vest in the Inter Girls Race

In the Intermediate Boys Race (Years 10 & 11) Elliot Smith gained another representative county honour. Elliot ran strongly over the 1 small and 2 large laps ~5.5km to finish in 49th (22:19) and was the 2nd Staffordshire runner. The team finished in 7th.

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Elliot – 2nd Staffs Finisher in the Intermediate Boys Race

Congratulations from all at the club to all of our juniors who represented the county at this race and also¬†to all our juniors coaching team, 11 county vests is the highest number we’ve had for many years!