Under-17s fifth at national championships

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The under-17 men were West Suffolk Athletics Club’s best performers at the English National Cross County Relay Championships.

Held at the regular venue of Berry Hill Park, Mansfield, more than 1,100 teams were entered across the age groups with more than 100 in races.

Michael Bartram (nine minutes 16 seconds), Cameron McKie (9.40) and Seb Anthony (9.26) guided the under-17 men’s A string to fifth place overall in their age group, while Ben Eames (9.43) and Matt Le Poidevin (10.33) recorded times for the incomplete B team.

The senior women’s team performed superbly to defeat many of their younger counterparts and finish in 59th.

Maureen McCarthy (12.12), Celia Duncan (13.33) and Christine Anthony (13.18) made up the team.

Justine Anthony (9.26), Beth Tooley (10.32) and Katie Duncan (10.32) brought the under-20 women home in 17th, while the under-17 women — made up of Emily Moyes (9.45), Charlotte Murphy (9.05) and Bronwyn Jacobs (10.53) — finished 15th.

Mikayela Sealby (eight minutes 27 seconds) was drafted in to lead off the under-15 girls’ A team and was followed by Lauren Murphy (7.38) and Sophie Tooley (7.21) to bring them home 10th, having been 83rd after Sealby’s leg.

The B team finished 69th overall, with Megan Newton (8.02), Holly Davies (8.19) and Elena Saiu-Bell (10.01) running well, while Emma Jobbins recorded 9.59 as the C team’s solo runner.

With key runners missing, the under-13 girls’ A team did well to finish 29th thanks to debutant Katrina Kemp (8.02), Olivia Allum (8.12) and Alana Wilson (8.47). Lola Goodall clocked 9.41 as the lone runner in the B team.

Adam Newton (8.10) led off for the under-13 boys’ A team and was followed by Thomas McCarthy (7.55) and Tommy Martin (8.01) to record 49th.

Leo Saiu-Bell, the lone B-team runner, clocked 8.43.

n The previous weekend, a small group of juniors raced at the opening round of the Suffolk Winter Cross Country League at Framlingham.

Emily Moyes was second under-17, with Bronwyn Jacobs fourth, while the under-13 girls took a clean sweep of the podiums, with Katrina Kemp winning from Claudia Spencer-Hall and Libby Walshe.