Impressive medal haul helps to bring runners double success

MEDAL HAUL: West Suffolk Athletics Club members from the Under-15 Men and Under-10 Boys teams
MEDAL HAUL: West Suffolk Athletics Club members from the Under-15 Men and Under-10 Boys teams
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West Suffolk Athletics Club enjoyed double success at the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Championships claiming an impressive medal haul.

The under-13 girls got the success of 10 gold, nine silver and four bronze medals under way early as Nella Walters and Megan Newton ran strongly for second and third place while Mikayela Sealby ran herself to exhaustion to finish fifth, wrapping up the team gold medal.

Close behind were Polly Peate in sixth, Claudia Spencer Hall in seventh and Lucinda Lennie in eighth, with Emma Jobbins 12th, Elena Saiu-Bell 15th and Alana Wilson 17th.

The under-13 boys came agonisingly close to emulating the girls, but had to settle for silver with impressive runs from Thomas McCarthy to third, Jess Waters in fifth and Tommy Martin in sixth, while new member Harry McDonald worked hard to clinch 10th.

There were contrasting fortunes for WSAC athletes in the under-15 girls’ race where Sophie Tooley claimed an expected convincing victory.

Holly Davies had to drop out, but Bronwyn Owen in seventh and Elisha Smith in 12th ensured a second-place finish.

It was the same outcome for the under-15 boys with Ben Eames (first) being followed by Matt Le Poidevin in sixth and Christy Williams in 12th, ensuring another team silver.

India George had one of her best races placing sixth in under-17 women’s race. Megan Taylor found the conditions difficult, but persevered to 13th.

Another excellent result came from the under-17 men with Michael Bartram leading home a WSAC one-two with Seb Anthony in easily his best race of the season so far.

Cameron McKie ran an controlled race to finish seventh, followed by Tom Lamb in 10th, securing gold for the team.

Katie Duncan was the sole West Suffolk runner in the under-20 women’s race and ran brilliantly to take silver.

The medal haul continued with the under-20 men.

Mac Delo’s win was supported well by Tom Eames in third and Rob Smailes in an excellent fourth to wrap up team gold.

The senior women’s race saw the returning Holly Archer clinch an excellent bronze medal, while new member Lara Thomas and Justine Anthony, followed behind closely in fourth and fifth, to comfortably take the team title.

The remaining three WSAC runners all picked up age group medals with Maureen McCarthy seventh overall and first V50, Christine Anthony 10th, second V40, and Celia Duncan 16th, second V50.

At the Cambridgeshire Championships, Lauren Murphy responded from losing her shoe early on to clinch the under-13 girls’ title, but older sister Charlotte was no so lucky in the under-15s’ race, having to retire with a twisted ankle while leading.

And finally, Niall Ackroyd capped off a successful 
weekend for WSAC, clinching silver in the under-13 boys’ event.