Midlands Cross Country Championships 2018
Despite having a squad depleted by illness and injury, Charnwood Athletic Club enjoyed a fine day at the Midland Counties Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park Nottingham on 27 January 2018, claiming no less than 5 of the 10 titles on offer, and 1 second place.
Pride of place though goes to the Senior Ladies team, claiming team gold and individual silver and bronze to Juliet and Jane Potter, with Anne Holyland and Katie Lomas well placed in 4th and 21st to make up the winning quartet.
Team silver was the reward for the Under 13 girls, with Amelie McCann in 13th spot, Rachel Newport 17th, Gracie-Rose Walters 23rd and Savana Smith 25th.
Isabel Oakland in 36th, Emilia Unwin 56th, Olivia Sykes 71st Chloe Lilley 83rd and Olivia McFarlane 99th made up the squad.
No podium place for the Under 13 boys, but a very commendable 5th place with Sean McCann in 4th, Luke Talbot 32nd, Charlie Coleston-Shields in 47th and Frankie Bevilacqua-Masunda 49th. Making up the squad were Emlyn Brown and Ben Wagg in 100th and 101st spots.
The Under 15 girls were unable to field a full team, but good performances from Lexie McLoughlin in 17th, Gemma Newport 24th and Mar Ruiz-Monserrat 66th. There was though another fine team gold for the Under 15 boys in the shape of Alex Coleston-Shields in 5th, Vinny Dawson 6th, Jamie Day 17th and Marcus Francis 20th.
There were also good runs from Ryan Elston in 29th, Seamus Hurst in 56th, Colin Foord 63rd, Lucas Wolf-Pudney 73rd and Josh Welford 105th.
Great results for both the Under 17 Ladies and Mens teams with both claiming Team Gold and an individual bronze medal.
The ladies were led home by Mia Atkinson with a fine 3rd place, supported by Laura Aryeetey in 6th and Eleanor Here in 7th. There was also a fine run from Hannah Seager in 23rd.
The mens squad were severely depleted by injury and illness such that they were down to the minimum for a team, but they responded in fine style by retaining the title they won in 2017 and an individual bronze medal for Ollie Rouse. He was supported by Kieren Coleman-Smith in 7th, Luke Nuttall in 10th and Ethan O’Shea in 11th.
The only representative in the Under 20 Ladies was Amy Hammersley, who nonetheless had a fine run to finish in 9th place.
Another Team Gold for the Under 20 Men, with Joe Pollard taking the individual silver medal, supported by Archie Banks, Finn Lydon and Dylan Perry.
The Senior Mens team claimed a fine 6th spot, with Gavin Smith in 6th place, supported by Mark Couldwell in 22nd, Tom Lupton 49th, Gary Burnett 65th, Adam Lockton 155th and James Ketteringham 279th. Making up the squad was Mark Whitmore in 373nd
We now move on to the national championships at Parliament Hill, London on 24th February.