Juniors at South of England Championships

Posted by James Desmond on 31 January 2017

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Stragglers fielded a record number of juniors in the 2017 South of England Cross-Country Championships with 12 competing across 5 age-categories. The event took place at Parliament Hill with the weather perfect, the organisation as faultless as ever, and racing exciting throughout.

Clubs typically only bring their strongest juniors to this event (particularly those with a significant distance to travel), meaning that the races are of a very high quality throughout the field.  This can mean that it’s a daunting challenge for first-timers, but I’m very happy to report that all our young athletes rose to the occasion producing exceptionally good performances.

It was particularly pleasing that we were able to complete teams in the U13 and U15 girls categories recording 31st and 25th place finishes respectively. This placed Stragglers up amongst clubs who have much larger junior sections and strong traditions in the event.

The highest place finisher from our group was Spencer Bateman with an excellent 43rd place in the very competitive U13 boys and he’s now amongst the quickest boys in Surrey. In this race last year Spencer finished outside the top 200, and this progress is just reward for the dedication and hard work that he has put in throughout the winter. Ollie Emment was close to the top 100 this year, but he is young for this category and remains in it for 2018 when he’ll be looking to also contest a high placed finish.

Sibling harmony was maintained in the Jensen household with sisters Maisie and Poppy each finishing 128th place in their respective U13 and U15 categories, and both girls performed an excellent role on the day leading home the Stragglers in these races.

Ben Dibley and Kieran Desmond were the lone representatives in the U15 & U17 boys categories. These couple of races are always extremely fast and furious characterised by robust tactics in the hurly-burly of the midfield pack, but both are accomplished athletes and ran very mature races to record excellent placings well inside the top-100.

Full Results HERE.

 

 

U13G

3k        283 Finishers      31st Team

128th

Maisie Jensen

13:53

227th

Madeleine McGuigan

15:13

232nd

Amber Bryan

15:17

254th

Lucy Hoseason

15:51

U13B

3k        311 Finishers

 

43rd

Spencer Bateman

11:55

115th

Ollie Emment

12:32

U15G

4k        270 Finishers      25th Team

128th

Poppy Jensen

19:26

169th

Phoebe Fennell

19:57

181st

Fenella Challinor

20:12

252nd

Tallulah Penney

23:09

U15B

4.5k        291 Finishers

 

84th

Ben Dibley

16:27

U17B

6k           183 Finishers

 

80th

Kieran Desmond

21:52

 

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