Under 13 Boys – Under 11 William Platts stepped up an age group here and ran extremely well against boys up to 2 years older than him. Having only been used to running 1500 metres this was going to be a tough ask with the course set at 2600 metres. Will did what we asked and although slightly fading at the end which was expected Will finished an excellent 14th place. George Wallace who is the younger end of this age group ran really well and is probably his best performance to date finishing in 27th place. Zak Ferguson who had a slight niggle on Thursday in training struggled here and came home in 36th place. Will was part of the City of Sheffield & Dearne team who won the Bronze medal.
Under 15 Girls – Polly Platts first year Under 15 had a great run here. Setting of a little faster than usual really helped as Polly held on towards the end and finished a very creditable 17th place. To make this even more impressive Polly had been spiked badly at the start of the race and had to go to the Hospital at the end of the race to get stitched up.
Under 15 Boys – Jamie Rhodes set of very conservative and worked his way through the field to finish in 31st place. Jamie has struggled with injuries over the last few months so this was a very solid performance here. Jamie still has next year in this age group.
Under 17 Girls – Esther Rowe-Towle who we knew was in great shape after the Liverpool Cross Challenge had a great chance of coming away with the Gold Medal here although she wouldn’t have it all her own way with one of the countries best track runners taking part. Running neck and neck for most of the way it wasn’t until about 600 metres to go where Esther started to pull away and ended up coming home with the Gold Medal 21 seconds ahead of the Silver Medal winner. Again Esther still has next year in this age group. This now puts Esther in a good place for the English Schools Championships in a few months time.
Under 20 Ladies – Cyane Robinson who has had a mixed few months with training but like Esther knew she was in good shape after the Liverpool Cross Challenge. A good couple of weeks training leading up to this event we were confidant Cyane would come away with a great performance. This was Cyanes first year in the age group and was quite a big step up in distance. Cyane handled the distance quite well although she will tell you found it really tough. Leading from start to finish Cyane came away with the Gold medal one better than the Silver medal she won last year as an Under 17. The winning margin for Cyane was 40 seconds.
Well done everyone great results – It was a shame Bobbie Waugh and Annie Naylor were ill and not able to run here as with previous results I am sure both would have been challenging for medals – Get well soon girls.