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Medals at the AAA's Young Athlete Relay Championships

5th Apr 2005
Under 13 Silver medalists Michelle Wiblin, Charlotte Barber and Bryony Pearce

Under-13 silver medalists Michelle Wiblin, Charlotte Barber and Bryony Pearce

The club had seven teams competing at this years AAA's Young Athlete Relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham.

Two of the teams won the coveted AAA's medals on the day, Stockport were in the hunt on the first race.

The girls' under-13 'A' team made a great start on the opening leg, led off by Michelle Wiblin coming back 8th in 15 minutes and 2 seconds. Charlotte Barber pushed the team into the medal positions in third. Bryony Pearce chased down home team Sutton Coldfield to finish in second place, Blackheath and Bromley taking gold. Also the girls' under-13 'B' team of Ruth Hetherington, Kirsty Evans and Hannah Walke finished 32nd.

Under 15 bpoys medalists

In the boys' under-15 'A' team, Steve Pearson came home 3rd on Leg 1 in 12.36 (10th fastest overall on the day) and got the team off to a great start, Steve Barber holding on to 7th in 13.11 leaving Ross Millington to produce one of the fastest times ever on the course for an under-15 athlete in 12.11 and storm past Leeds to give Stockport silver behind winners Westbury.

The Stockport under-13 boys' 'A' and 'B' teams were evenly matched finishing 28th and 30th out of 61 teams. Michael Logue running the fastest in 14.51, Sam Riley 15.13, Jack Nixon 15.18, Nathan Ludlain 15.17, Harry Long 15.20 and David Thomson 15.44.

Other results were; boys' under-17 team of Ben Styles, Jon Walch and Andy Nixon finished 8th; girls' under-15 team 16th with Ruth Jenyon 16.42, Leah Kay 14.36 and Lucy McLoughlin 15.35; boys' under-15 'B' team 70th with Stuart Cameron 13.57, Phillip Nixon 15.50 and Liam Turnbull 18.31.


Jess Coulson's England debut

Jess Coulson's England debut

Jess Coulson finished fourth in her England debut at the home international cross country schools race at Northop Wales last Saturday.

With eight runners to a team competing from Ireland, Scotland and Wales the race was taken out fast from the start by Welsh girl Non Stanford. Jess and team mate Tamara Astor follwing also Ireland's Sarah Tracy and Siobahn Coleman from Scotland in the chasing pack with Richardson and Harvey England.

Stanford dropped out at the half way point for Tracy to take up the lead with 2km to go, Coleman and Astor just behind.

Jess put in a big effort on the final climb to break away from the two English girls who she had caught in the final 1km and was closing down on the leaders in the final three hundred metres to be only seven seconds off third placed Astor of England at the finish.


Northern Relay Championships

At the North of England Senior Road Relay Championships held at Heaton Park, Stockports Ladies' team was hit by a fair share bad luck. After losing a number of the team due to illness, Leg 1 runner Jenny Murray was sent off course due to a missing marshall, then sent tumbling by a stray dog, needing hospital treatment, fortunately nothing broken. This led to the 'A' team being eliminated, leaving the 'B' team to finish in 27th place.

An understrength mens team finished 40th, but it was encouraging to see some new faces in the team.