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Northern Junior Road Relays
Croxteth Park, Liverpool
7 October 2007

Croxteth Park, Liverpool, was the venue for the Northern Young Athletes Road Relays on Sunday 7th October. We were blessed with a warm, still, sunny day and the athletic performances matched the wonderful setting of the park. Each team consisted of 3 athletes with the under 13 and 15 Athletes running a 3k circuit and the under 17 athletes running a 3.5k circuit.
Unfortunately, Lincoln didn’t have an under 13 Boys team, so first up was our under 13 Girls. On first leg for our A team was Bo Haywood who set off at a blistering pace! At one stage Bo was in 4th spot but was unable to maintain this position when she unfortunately got a stitch. Battling on she finished in a time of 12m 53s in 16th position. On second leg was relative newcomer Amy Stansfield. Amy ran well and brought us back in 25th position in a time of 14m 09s. On last leg was Rhiannon Philps. Rhiannon also had a good run to bring the team home in 26th position out of 36 teams with an identical time as Amy in 14m 09s. In the B team Abby Donnelly had a great run to come home from the first leg in 33rd position in a good time of 13m 53s. On second an third legs were twins Charlotte and Hayley Flint who both did well to finish in times of 15m 51s and 16m 08s.

The Under 15 age group was up next with the boys setting off before the girls. On first leg for the boys was Nathan Page who was running in only his second race for the club. After a cautious start Nathan blitzed his way through the field and had powered his way into second position. Nathan finished in an excellent time of 10m 26s which resulted in being the 4th fastest leg of the day! To highlight the talent he has he was only 7s behind the leader, Ben Conner, who is one of the countries best young distance runners. Next up was young Matt Bee. Matt being in bottom age for under 15 managed to get himself into the lead. Unfortunately he couldn’t remain there and was caught but he hung on well and finished in a great time of 11m 18s and bringing the team into 6th position. On the final leg was young Adam Baker who is also very new to running. Despite falling over he battled hard and was rewarded with a good time of 11m 49s with the team finishing in 9th position. This was an excellent result for such an inexperienced team.
On first leg for the under 15 girls A team was Hester Talbot. Hester ran an excellent race and produced one of her best performances to date to come home in 13th position in a time of 12m 04s. On second leg was young Megan Ball. Megan worked hard and finished well to maintain 13th position and finish in a time of 12m 48s. On last leg was Ellie Jones who felt good and worked hard to bring the team home in a creditable 15th position out of 35 teams. Lincoln also had a B and C team which consisted of Laura Donnelly, Jasmine Cornwell and Gemma Selwood for the B team and Becky Wells, Sheridan McWilliam and Libby Reid for the C team. Laura had a fantastic run on first leg and a time of 12m 33s was an eye catching performance. Jasmine and Gemma ran well with times of 13m 33s and 13m 32s to bring the team home in 28th position. Becky ran solid to finish in a time of 13m 36s, Sheridan finished in a time of 13m 55s and on last leg Libby Reid had an excellent run to finish in a splendid time of 13m 19s to finish in 30th position.

The final age groups to run were the under 17 Men and Women. Wellington had 3 teams in both events. The A team for men had Tom Straw on the first leg which had some of the best distance runners in the country. Not being phased, Tom went hard from the gun and was always in contention with the leaders. Finishing strong Tom got the team off to an incredible start for 5th position in a time of 11m 03s. This resulted in being the 7th fastest leg of the day and his best run to date. On second leg was Shane Robinson. Shane was also in inspired form and overtook all of the athletes in front of him to take the lead. He was overtaken in the latter stages to finish in second position in a time of 11m 15s and 11th fastest of the day! On the final leg was young Jack Skeet. Jack worked hard and found himself in fourth position on the shoulder of third place with 50m to go. Digging in deep jack found a sprint to narrowly pip Sale harriers into 3rd spot and gaining the club’s first medals of the day! This was an outstanding team performance. Wellington’s B team ran well with an excellent first leg from Stu Campbell to finish in an excellent time of 11m 50s for 16th position. Next was Chris Woodger who had a solid run to gain 3 places to finish with a respectable time of 12m 24s and on last leg Josh Spering was a little below par to finish in a time of 12m 35s for 14th position. In the C team, Ben Rowe had an excellent run to finish in 19th position with a great time of 12m 27s. On leg 2 was Jack Cornwell who also had an excellent run to gain one position and a great finishing time of 12m 22s. On the final leg Gav Campbell did well to bring the team home in 19th place with a time of 14m 07s.

Saving the best till last was our under 17 women who again had 3 teams entered. On first leg for the A team was Georgia Ball. After an excellent track season Georgia wasn’t afraid to go with the leaders and battled strongly with them throughout the stage. Giving it her all she ran a fantastic race and came home only 3s behind the leader in 3rd spot, an excellent start and 6th fastest leg of the day with 12m 42s! On second leg was Lara Thomas. Again in excellent shape at the moment Lara battled hard throughout and with a determined sprint passed over to Blue Haywood in second position in a great time of 13m 10s. Blue, who is in superb form, managed to get into first position and battled with Kerrie Harris from Hull. In the end Blue’s endurance showed and she stormed the team home to victory gaining herself the fastest leg of the day with 12m 03s, a huge 27s faster than her nearest rival, international distance runner Laura Weightman. This was an exceptional team performance with all 3 athletes producing the goods when it mattered under pressure. In the B team, Becky Dobson had a solid run to finish in 13m 48s, Holly Haywood had a good run with 14m 37s and Ellie Clarke finished in 15m 54s and 14th position for the team. The C team was unfortunately incomplete, but Charlotte Spratt had a good run to finish in a time of 15m 22s and Jenny Vigurs ran 16m 45s.

The turn out from Lincoln Wellington was excellent, especially in the under 17 age group which is encouraging for the club's future success.

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