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ECCA National XC Relays
3 November 2007

A superb performance from the Lincoln Wellington U17 Womens squad gave them the bronze medals at the National Cross Country Relays at Mansfield. This event has become firmly established as one of the highlights of the cross country season with all the top clubs in the country being strongly represented and this was the first time on the honours board for the Lincoln club.

Georgia Ball got the team off to a cracking start on the first leg of the 2500m course and came back in 6th place in a time of 9m 4.40s. Lara Thomas ran a strong second leg to concede just two places in 9m 36.2s before Blue Haywood scythed through the field on the final circuit to grab 3rd place in a terrific time of 8m 31.15s the 2nd fastest leg in the whole race. This was easily the highlight of the afternoon for the Wellington squad, but there were plenty of other highly creditable performances considering the top class opposition in every race.  The U17 Womens 'B' team was incomplete with Holly Haywood finishing the first leg in 10m 25.85s and Katrina Sutcliffe on leg 2 in 11m 00.75s.

The club fielded two teams in the U17 Mens race. Tom Straw came back 27th on leg 1 for the 'A' team in 9m 45.45s for the 3000m lap. Shane Robinson improved to 20th on leg 2 in 9m 50.05s and Stuart Campbell brought the team home an excellent 18th on the final leg in 9m 53.8s. The 'B' team of Josh Spering (10m 56.1s), Jack Cornwell (10m 48.75s) and Chris Woodger (10m 11.80s) did very well to finish 60th.

The U15 Girls 'A' team did well with Hester Talbot leading off in 7m 41.35s for 35th spot. Ellie Jones had a great 2nd leg to come back 23rd in 7m 42.55s and Laura Donnelly improved one more position to 22nd with 7m 58.05s on the last leg. A Wellington B team of Megan Ball (7m 59.2s), Libbie Read (8m 09.4s) and Jasmine Cornwell (8m 25.0s) all performed well to finish 46th. In the U15 Boys event, Nathan Page ran a great first leg to finish 11th in 6m 31.8s for the 2000m circuit. Matt Bee went next and dropped four places with 7m 00.65s and Ian Maplethorpe conceded just one more place on the final leg in 6m 45.4s to place the 'A' team a very respectable 16th.  An incomplete 'B' saw Simon Parr run the first leg in 7m 09.45s and Joe Dunderdale finish in 7m 18.35s.

After Hannah Dunderdale brought the U13 Girls team home in 40th place with a time of 8m 15.55s on the first leg of their race there was a storming effort from Bo Haywood on the 2nd leg to pick up 22 places in 7m 44.4s. Abbie Donnelly worked hard on the last leg but dropped six places to finish 24th in 8m 44.50s. In the U13 Boys event, Dylan Love was 52nd on leg 1 in 7m 50.55s before Alex Humberstone took the squad up to 36th on leg 2 in 7m 43.55s. A fine team effort was concluded by Haran Dunderdale who improved 10 more places to finish 26th in 7m 23.35s.

Neither of the club's senior teams were at full strength, but both squads performed well against top class opposition. A good start by Lucinda Pitcher saw her back in 37th place in 11m 04.7s on the first lap of the 3000m circuit. Harriet Canter managed to pick up five places on leg 2 in 11m 13.2s before Tertia Ritchie brought the team home 38th on the final leg in 12m 46.65s. The mens race was over 5000m and a great run from Tom Doe gave him 11th place in a very big field in 15m 16.35s. Will Strangeway slipped back to 30th on leg two in 16m 30.2s and Les Ball conceded nine places on the 3rd lap with 17m 08.7s. A final leg of 17m 19.4s from Mark Baddeley brought the squad home in 42nd place still well in the top half of the field.

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