National Cross-Country Relays – Mansfield - Report


Fifty two of BBHAC young athletes competed in this year’s National Cross Country Relay Championships, held for the 29th year in Berry Hill Park,  Mansfield and these championships are a great opportunity for clubs to compete in a team format, in an otherwise individual sport. BBHAC's great team spirit and talent was fully on show and the club was rewarded with a fantastic set of results. Two team gold medals, one team silver and three teams in the top ten.

With the best clubs competing from throughout England, competition is always of the highest standard and so all results achieved are hard fought and well deserved. Our U15 girls were superb and dominated their race fielding three strong teams and winning gold and silver. One medal is special but to win two medals in one race is very impressive.

Tola Pearse, running the 5th fastest time of the day, Amy Miller and Yasmin Marghini, running the fastest leg of the day were worthy winners and the trio of Morgan Squibb, running the 7th fastest time, Lia Radus and Sophie Hoare were just behind in second winning a great team silver, a fantastic BBHAC sight. The C team of Lily Tappenden, Zoe White and Jess Neal were 57th in a field of over 90 teams and is also a great result.

The U13 girls were equally impressive fielding three teams with the A winning a brilliant gold. Annie Thomas lead off on leg 1 running the 4th fastest time, handing over to Ellie Dolby who brought the team home in 1st place handing to Naomi Toft who held 1st place all the way collecting a fine team gold. Daniella Harper had a strong first leg for the B team handing over to Amarisa Sibley and then Mayaan Radus securing a solid 21st place, but the 3rd B team home. The C team was lead out with a strong opening leg from Amelia Middleton handing to Olivia Berry and Lily Meers combing well finishing 71st.

The U20 girls finished a good 8th place with Jess Keene running the 6th fastest time of the day on leg one. Jo Clowes ran a solid leg two passing to Niamh Bridson Hubbard who brought the team home in a respectable 8th.

The U17 girls had two complete teams running and Yasmin Austridge, Madolina Samoila and Millie Smith combined well finishing 17th as did Lottie Weitzel, Grace Scopes and Stephanie Taylor finishing 33rd.

The U15 boys had two solid teams running and the A team were set off with a fast opening leg from Peter Guy, running one of the fastest legs of the day. Joe Georgiadis continued the good work handing over in 7th before Oscar Heaney Brufal, complete with a new pair of spikes stormed around the 2k course finishing a brilliant team 4th. The B team of Robert Suckling, Ben Gardiner and Cameron Swatton all had strong runs and were rewarded by being the 3rd B team home and were 23rd overall.

Nine U13 boys made up three strong teams and Sam Reardon, running one of the fastest legs of the day, handed over to Ben Campbell who ran a strong leg passing to Tom Brash who brought the team home in a very creditable 10th place. The B team of Thomas Penlington, Max Gregson and Matt Smith all ran great legs and were 2nd B team to finish crossing the line in 24th. Showing our strength and depth the C team of Oliver Robertson, Will Andrews and Barnaby Corry finished 3rd C team and 58th overall.

Callum Myatt led the U17 boys charge handing over to Oscar Hussey who had a great leg passing 21 teams and handing over to Lewis Mills who clawed back a further 12 teams to finish a good 31st.Charlie Andrews and Coleman Cory both had good runs but without a third runner were unable to finish as a complete team.

Richard Webb continued his fine running with a solid 1stleg for the U20 men’s team handing over to Joss Barber, who went off hard on the 3k leg before passing to Marco Arcuri who brought the team home in 33rd.

Charlie Davis had a great opening leg and passed to James Crawley who powered around the course, but similar to the U17’s they were unable to field a third runner and so could not complete the team race.

Good luck to U20’s Niamh Bridson Hubbard and Will Fuller who have both been selected to run for England in Burgos, Northern Spain next week in an international cross country race.

The next fixture is our home match, the 3rdKent league fixture at Sparrows Den on 12thNovember 2016 and this also doubles up as our winter cross country club championship, so we expect to see you all there.