Under 11's and Seniors show the way at Westward Ho

Overall, a disappointing trip across the border trip to Westward Ho for CAC, with just 27 athletes making the journey.  Understandable for those who raced the week before or were ill but others missed out on the chance of good league points.  The silver lining was the great turnout of U11’s and their excellent performances, with a couple of Juniors also running well and our Senior Men and Veteran Men and Senior Ladies maintaining their leads in the team standings.

Our impressive U11’s were first up and with two impressive team “wins” (the team events are not official this season) with some great runs.  James Horton ran his usual aggressive race, which paid off with another second place and puts him in the league lead, though Tor Swann from Newton Abbot could still catch him.  Zak Clements and George Mitchell backed up James well, with Zak just beating George by one place and four seconds in 9thposition Tom Keaney, with a year more at least in the age group, showed great promise in 17th.

The girls were equally good, with Catherine Groves also taking a close 2nd and leading the overall standings, with Rebecca Benney finishing just three seconds behind in 3rd.  Zoe Lawrence ran well for 7th and Caitlin Keaney moved into 3rd overall with another consistent performance in 8th.

With James Williams ill and Ben Rogers on Ten Tors practice, it was left to Tom Slattery to fly the flag in the U17 Men’s age group, which he did with his usual aplomb in placing a strong 2nd.  Although 7th overall, Tom’s in a good position to move up to at least 2nd if he runs at least one of the last two races.

Five Ladies turned up to race, with Emma Stepto leading the way as usual.  Not without a scare, though, as she dropped her car key ten minutes before the start but she recovered her equilibrium well enough to finish 2nd and put herself in a real battle for league victory with Steph McCall from Exeter University.  With a few missing, it was up to those present to fight to maintain the club’s second team position overall and this they did brilliantly, with Rachael Thomas the first to step up to the plate with a great run for 18th.  The Veterans are also leading the way in the team race and looking good to win overall.  Karen Harrison and Naomi Rescorla-Brown battled each other for the vital third team position, with Karen eventually winning out in 30th and Naomi taking 32nd in her first year in the U17’s.  Di Boardman kept up her improved form this season with her best position yet in 66th.

The U13’s was a competitive desert for CAC, with only Jacob McAlhone making the trip.  Jacob had a fine race, though, to take a superb 4th.  The team, though no longer leading, are still favourites for the league title but need to get at least three runners out in one of the final two races to seal overall victory.  It would be a shame to lose it after their dominant start!

Our U15’s were also only represented by one runner , with Grace Brock also having a storming run, finishing 2nd and looking set to maintain that position in the league.

Our Senior Men have been superb this season and still managed to get nine runners up to the race, though it was a shame not to finish two complete teams.  Third position on the day still leaves them in a useful lead, though the ‘B’ team dropped to 10th – still way in the lead in that category.  Ash Chambers led us home again with a solid 6th, with the improving Colin Snook finishing 9th and Tony Dunn just getting the better of Dave Buzza for 16th and 1st V50.  Super consistent Adrian Ball brought the team home in 38th to maintain his 3rd position in the V45’s, with fellow V45 Justin Day taking 41st, only nine seconds down, moving up to 5th V45 overall.

Andrew Eddison is rapidly gaining fitness, finishing 47th, with Viv Bray’s 63rd his best of the campaign so far and Nigel Trevena’s 91st also a best this term.  Our Veteran Men have a big lead in the standings and look untouchable – if we get four out to one of the final races. Hopefully we can drop the ‘B’ team’s relatively low score here if we can get at least ten men to the last two fixtures!

Onwards to Bovey Tracey on February  8th.  Remember the league website has moved to: http://www.city-runs.co.uk/westward/index.html - all results and fixture details there.

Author: Dave B - Date Added: 19/01/2015 at 14:06:19


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