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)|
|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.