The results are in!!
Bedford Autodrome was the venue for this year’s South of England road relays and despite poor organisation BBHAC young athletes produced some excellent individual and team performances winning two brilliant team silver medals.
The race schedule was different this year with the U13 boys first off and five minutes later the U13 girls start. With the boys doing 4 x 3k legs and the girls doing 3 x 3k legs many of the athletes (boys and girls) crossed the line together, making for a rather confusing finish.
We fielded two strong U13 boys teams. The A team saw Sam Reardon open up on leg one with a very strong run (6th fastest of the day) passing to Tom Brash who had an equally strong run. Next up were two first year in the age group boys Max Gregson and Ben Campbell and they more than held their own in stiff winds and even stiffer competition helping the team to a great 6th place finish. The B team of Alex Sibley, Matt Smith, Barnaby Corry and Oliver Robertson all had positive runs and collectively finished a good 27th.
The U13 girls A team of Daniella Harper, Mayaan Radus and Ellie Dolby ran superbly, winning fantastic silver team medals. The U13 B team had to make a quick, late number change (clerical error by SEAA) on the start line but the three girls Sophia Elliot, Lily Meers and Olivia Berry did well finishing 40th. The U13 girls squad is strong enough to have a C team and Ella Smith, Amarisa Sibley and Hanna Clark combined well to finish in 33rd and Amelia Middleton made a great debut running a fast first leg, completed the U13 girls squad.
The U15 boys fielded two strong teams and the A team of Joe Georgiadis (running the 9th fastest leg of the day), Robert Suckling, Ben Gardiner and Peter Guy just missed out on bronze crossing the line in an impressive 4th place. The B team of Cameron Swatton, Keir Lundy, Justin Strover and Jake Leng were equally impressive finishing high up in 25th position.
The U15 girls had large numbers running and the A team matched the U13 girls, winning a brilliant team silver. Great runs from Amy Miller, Morgan Squibb (4th fastest leg of the day) and Lia Radus (3rd fastest leg of the day).The B team of Lily Tappenden, Zoe White and Jess Neal ran well finishing inside the top twenty in 18th place. The C team crossed the line in 45th with Emily Davis leading off passing over to English school bronze medalist Isabelle Bridge and Abigail Leeves on last leg. Niamh Milmo had a good lead off leg run completing the U15 girls squad.
A strong quartet of U17 boys finished high up in 14th place after a great opening leg by Callum Myatt, passing to a strong running Oscar Hussey who passed to Charlie Andrews supported by his whole family. Anchor leg was taken by “club man” Coleman Corry (despite a recent heavy competition schedule and a planned rest that was rudely interrupted) when “called to arms” and duly took up the challenge enabling the team to record this solid result.
Mille Smith, Amy Leach and Stephanie Taylor were the line up for the U17 girls who finished a respectable 11th while Lottie Wietzel ran a solid opening leg to complete the U17 girls squad.
There are no U20 races at these Championships and so our U20’s chose to race with the seniors and what an impact they made. Jess Keene ran the BBHAC senior leg one and had a superb run finishing a very strong 3rd just behind GB International Jess Judd. Niamh Bridson Hubbard also had a brilliant run holding onto 3rd place in a very competitive field. The seniors will be glad when Jess and Niamh are fully fledged seniors.
The boys were not to be out done as U20 Will Fuller brought his Senior BBHAC team home in first place on the second leg having run the 15th quickest time of the day from a field of nearly 400 top class seniors.
We now look forward to the National road relays in Sutton Park Birmingham on Saturday 8th October where we hope to continue this good form.