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WAC’s under-15s excel at the Cross-Country Relays – 18 October 2014

Joe Kelliher reports from Wormwood Scrubs

Fantastic team performances from
Liam, Tom and Joey
and Grace, Lucy A and Lucy B

What an experience it was for all of us! The course was next to the infamous Wormwood Scrubs prison. Liam [Murphy-Parry] and I arrived together at around 11:30, which was plenty of time before the boys’ race. Soon afterwards Tom [Bourne] arrived so the u15 boys’ team was complete.

There was some slight confusion as to where the u15 girls were, but that was soon resolved as we found Grace [Copeland] (similar to Tom in being the main hope for their respective teams) by the club house and she ushered us to where the girls were warming up, because their race was at 1:25 in contrast to our race which was 25 minutes later.

So to the action, the girls’ team consisted of Lucy, Lucy and Grace. Lucy Anderson, who put in a great performance to come home in a superb 16th, ran the first leg. Then it was Lucy Ballam’s turn to take the reins, she brought the girls even further up the field as she did a huge amount of work to bring them up to 13th. Last, but not least, Grace’s brought them home on the final leg. She did phenomenally well to get them up to sixth place overall by overtaking seven people. In addition she was the 2nd fastest u15 girl on the day another fantastic achievement. After a great performance, which made up for the problems the girls had at the road relays a few weeks earlier, we move onto the u15 boys.

After the nerves left my system the closer I got to the race, it was my time to run, as I was first leg. The relatively flat course only had one real hill and a wooded area where Liam and I could struggle (as we forgot it was cross-country relays and did not bring our spikes!). As it was only a 2-kilometer course it was over quickly, in addition I rolled home in 13th place, which I was pleased with as it was my first cross-country relay to date.

Next was Tom who as expected flew past six other athletes in a phenomenal time of 6:32 to claim the 3rd fastest u15 run of the day. Finally Liam ran unbelievably well to keep control of the 7th place that Tom brought us up to, so in the end the u15s did superbly well to run into a seventh place in the South of England.

Last but not least, thank you to all of the parents and adults who came to support, also to all of the adults who took us runners there we are very grateful.

Joe Kelliher

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