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North of England Junior Road Relays
Blackpool
6 October 2002


There were good performances across all the age groups from the young athletes of Lincoln Wellington AC at the North of England Road Relay Championships at Stanley Park, Blackpool. And the current strength of the club was well illustrated by the fact that Wellington was one of only five clubs in the North of England to field complete teams in all six races.

The under 13 girls played the star role and took a well deserved bronze medal in the opening race of the day. Blue Haywood kicked off with a terrific run for 4th place on the first leg of the 2600 metres circuit with a time of 9 minutes 27 seconds. Charlotte Hanson came back in 10.05 on the second leg and Lara Thomas kept going strongly on leg three to cross the line in 10.01. The club also fielded a B team in this race and Alex Caskie (11.15), Rebecca Jackson (10.34) and Odette Clarke (11.44) were by no means disgraced in finishing 21st. Liz Harley led off for the under 15 girls team and a good time of 9.44 brought her back in 17th place. Kelly Gilbert dropped one place with 10.13 on leg two and Rachel Humberstone pulled it back on leg three with 10.07 to place the team a creditable 17th at the finish. Once again the B team did pretty well with Sarah Kimpton (10.20), Josina Clarke (10.26) and Katie Campion (11.40) combining to place the squad 29th out of the 37 teams setting out. In the under 17 women's race Sarah Coates came back in 9.48 on the first leg to get the Wellington team well in contention in 8th place. Emily Taylor gained one position on leg two with a strong run in 9.44 and late call up Mia Haywood kept going well on the final leg to lose just one place and bring the squad back 8th overall with a time of 11.22.

The best performance from the boy's teams came from Josh Stone in the under 15's race. Tom Herbert made a good start on leg 1 and returned in 11th place with a time of 11.23 for the extended 3200m circuit. Stone then carved through the field in impressive fashion to come back in 3rd place in 10.40 - 2nd quickest on the leg and 6th quickest in the whole race. Mark Plaskett dropped three places on the third leg with a time of 11.54 and an identical time on the final leg by Dexter Haywood brought the team home a very good 8th from the 20 teams starting. The under 17 men's race was a very hot contest and Matt Hughes had a tough run on the first leg before returning in 16th place in 10.58. Will Strangeway picked up five places with a sound effort on leg two in 11.08 and Gary Cruickshank retained 11th place with 11.29 on the third circuit. A strong final leg from Ian Kimpton in 10.57 gained another two places to give the club 9th spot at the finish. There was some spirited running from the under 13 boy's squad with Elliott Haywood leading off in 12.27 for 14th place Dan Cocking recorded 12.47 on leg two and improved two places before Beren Cross dropped back two positions on leg three with 13.49. Jack Ramsden finished well on the final leg in 12.49 to place the team 13th overall.


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