NWLL series win for Stella and top spot in Race 5 for Olivia

Dacorum & Tring’s cross country runners had their best season yet in the North West London Young Athletes League, winning a host of medals at the series final held at Wormwood Scrubs over the weekend.

The U13 girls showed they’re a force to be reckoned with. Olivia Edwards posted the top results of the day for D&T, finishing first in the race, with Stella Whitlum just behind in second place.

Stella’s silver medal on the day, combined with her outright win in Race 4, second place in Race 3, third in Race 2 and fourth in Race 1, gave her the most points of all the U13 girls who competed over the five-race series, and she was crowned U13 Girls NWLL Champion for the 2017-18 season.

Stella with her trophy for winning the U13 girls league. She was never out of the top-5 across all five races.

“This is a wonderful achievement for Stella and just reward for all her commitment and hard work”, said Jonathan Edwards, assistant manager, Middle Distance squad. “The achievements of both girls should not be underestimated. Olivia ran in three major championship races and Stella in two over the past month. Well done, girls, and especially Stella on her wonderful achievement of winning the NWLL age group.”

Adding to the girls’ silverware, the U13 Girls team were awarded bronze medals for their third-place finish in the league team standings.

In the U15 Boys, Thomas Durrant ran very strongly (covering the final 75m with only one shoe) to finish 12th. Jack Raine was determined to catch Thomas and was finishing like a train, ending up a close 13th. Thomas O’Reilly had his best race of the season, and can look forward to next season with confidence, finishing 16th. Sam Burnell ran a credible 19th. Sam is looking forward to the track season after his wonderful exploits at the end of last season.

Thomas Durrant had the D&T bragging rights on Saturday and was awarded…….his shoe! The U15 Boys also capped a consistent season, coming away with bronze medals in the league team standing across the five races.

There were good cross country debuts for Poppy Webster and Joe McKeich both of whom train in Petra Carroll’s group on the track. Poppy finished 28th in the U11 Girls and Joe 36th in the U13 Boys. We look forward to seeing them build on their first outings next season.

Stay tuned for more results on the NWLL season standings – at present, we have news that Michael Armstrong and Amy Cassidy both finished sixth in the U15 Boys and U15 Girls final league standings respectively.

Report and photos by Jonathan Edwards, Middle Distance squad assistant coach


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About Catherine Davies

Catherine has been an active member of Dacorum & Tring AC Road Runners since 2007, and her three children have all passed through Mike Dunphy's Middle Distance squad.