It was a fine, sunny day in Aldershot for the 2015 South of England Road Relay Championships.
West Suffolk AC had a good day with some excellent individual and team performances. Many new members were making their debut for the club in this type of competition and all enjoyed the day.
The girls’ races comprised teams of three with the boys’ and senior women’s teams consisting of four.
The U17 boys and senior women raced laps of 4km and the other age groups 3km.
First to go were the U13 girls and Chloe Cavill had a solid opening leg, clocking 13.14, putting the team 57th from 70.
Alex Ginns moved the team up to 54th with another good run in 14.02.
New member Lottie Doughty worked hard in her first serious competition and can be pleased with 14.44, bringing the team home in a respectable 49th.
Another new member, Lydia Marshall, did well, running solo for an incomplete B team and recording 14.15.
With several runners unavailable, it was left to Rueben Witcherley and Joe Bradford to run for an incomplete team in U13 boys.
Both ran very well with Witcherley leading off.
A time of 12.12 was good enough for 34th and Bradford moved up one place with a 12.41 leg.
Both are bottom year in the age group so will be in the same age griup next year.
The pick of the individual performances came in the U15 girls event with Olivia Allum a superb third on the opening leg in a rapid 10.51, the eighth fastest time of the day.
Libby Walshe worked hard for her 12.23 and eighth at the final changeover.
Claudia Spencer-Hall brought the team home in an excellent 15th from 76 teams with a 12.26 final leg.
Jasmin Raja led off for the B team and 13.08 put the team 64th at the first chageover.
New members Abbie Terry and Elise Stockdale both ran well, clocking 13.42 and 13.23 respectively to finish 55th.
Cameron Ackroyd had a storming opening leg for the U15 boys team and clocked 10.05 for 18th from 58 teams.
Bottom year Adam Newton worked hard for 10.55 and 26th. Phil Crutchlow had an excellent first relay competion, moving the team to 18th with a swift 10.19.
Thomas McCarthy, nursing a niggling injury, was some way below his best but persevered to close the team in an excellent 22nd with a 11.19 final leg.
The U17 girls were always amongst the leading teams thanks to a fast 10:46 opening leg from Lauren Murphy for fifth, the 13th fastest of the day.
Holly Davies ran well to keep the team in the top ten with 11.28 and eighth.
Megan Newton was disappointed with her run but still managed a very respctable 11:03 to anchor the team home in a superb eighth from 52 starters.
Two new members made up an incomplete B team and acquitted themselves well.
Morgan Cole led off with 1.:45 for 46th and Imogen Black picked up two places with a 13.04 leg.
The U17 boys were unlucky when lead off runner Christy Williams suffered a bad stitch and came home towards the back of the field in 36th, clocking a below-par 13.51.
Niall Acroyd posted the teams best time of 13.02 to move the team up an impressive 15 places to 21st.
Another new member James Preston continued to make good proress and gained a further four places with 13.14.
Adam Crawford closed out the team in a more than respectable 18th with a solid 13.12 final leg.
Acroyd and Preston are both bottom year so should improve even further.
Yet another new member making his relay debut was 800m specialist Alex Bartlett.
Despite limited endurance training, Bartlett coped well with the much longer 4km effort and can be pleased with 13.34 and 27th in his solo run.
Last to go were the senior women. Moving up from the U17 age group last year, Charlotte Murphy and Emily Moyes got the team off to an excellent start.
Murphy clocked 13.52 for 15thj and Moyes 14.37 to hand over in 16th from 78 teams. Veteran Maureen McCarthy gave her usual 110 per cent and can be pleased with 15.34 and 21st.
Drafted in from the B team, Beth Tooley had an excellent run from limited training, clocking 16.44 and closing the team in 27th.
India George had a good solo effort of 17.01.
Next up is the National Road Relay Championships on October 4, at Sutton Coldfield.