Top-10 finishes for Middle Distance squad at South of England relays

By Jonathan Edwards, assistant coach & team manager

D&T’s Middle Distance Squad were back in action today at the South of England Cross Country Relay Championships which took place at a very blustery Wormwood Scrubs, London W12.

To put this event into context, the South of England Athletics Association (SEAA) area extends from Cornwall to Norfolk, with some 68,000 active athletes in about 570 clubs.

Teams competed across the U13, U15 and U17 age groups with the following outcomes:

 *Denotes place in specified leg of relay (not overall)
Age group Distance Team Time Place*
U17 men “A” 3 x 3km Jamie Ayres                Angus Saunders      Kristian Imroth        Overall 11.24    12.01    10.45  34.10 8th      8th    4th      4th
U15 boys “A” 3 x 2km Michael Armstrong      Sam Burnell                  Freddie Truman-W’ms  Overall 7.00    7.16    7.16      21.32 12th    9th      9th      9th
U15 boys “B” 3 x 2km Jamie Bailey            Thomas Durrant            Jack Raine              Overall 7.29  7.44  7.27      22.40 29th    24th  22nd  22nd
 U15 girls “A” 3 x 2km Jess Benveniste            Izzy Painter                    Amy Cassidy                Overall 8.58  8.55  8.18  26.11 38th 34th 29th    29th
 U15 girls “B” 3 x 2km Lily Boden              Jessica Hoar                  (incomplete team) 8.38  8.44 35th 30th
U13 boys “A” 3 x 2km Oliver Painter        Timothy Fryer              Jude McKay                    Overall 8.00    8.16  7.57    24.13 21st  23rd    16th  15th
 U13 boys “B” 3 x 2km Niall Cassidy                  Rafael Armstrong        (incomplete team) 8.31    8.29 30th  25th
 U13 girls “A” 3 x 2km Olivia Edwards            Summa Jo Bradley      Amy Lane                        Overall 7.55  8.45      8.41      25.21 6th    12th    16th    16th

Team Of the Day: The U17 men (Kristian Imroth, Jamie Ayres (pictured above) and Angus Saunders) and U15 boys (Michael Armstrong, Sam Burnell and Freddie Truman-Williams) who came fourth and ninth respectively. A top-10 finish in such strong Championship company is a very real achievement.

Individual Performance(s) of the Day: As this is a team event I do not propose to single out any individual performance. Far more importantly team members supported each other really well before, during and after their events. It is pleasing to see a real squad spirit developing.  

Special Mentions: The U13 boys A team (Jude McKay, Ollie Painter and Tim Fryer) who are starting to find their XC feet again and achieved a credible 15th place; they will be even stronger when running the same event next year;  Lily Boden (U15G) who had her best race for some time; Jack Raine (U15B) who is starting to show a lot of promise. Finally to David Imroth, Mark Ayres, David Cassidy and Richard Burnell for all their help putting up and taking down the very fine D&T marquee. Had there been a medal for the finest marquee, D&T would surely have won it !  

A special thank you to head coach Mike Dunphy for his energy, enthusiasm and the selfless hard work he puts in to ensuring the MDS participate with honour at these events.

Next Outing: The second leg of the North-West London League series at Kingsbury, London NW9 on Saturday 28th October 2017.

Thanks to Barry Cornelius for the photo.

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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.