BRR JUNIORS - News & Results 2018.
Pendock Spring Chicken Run.
Pendock. Nr Tewkesbury.
Sunday 25th March 2018.
Bourton Roadrunner Juniors included the Pendock Spring Chicken Run near Tewkesbury in its Race Competition Series for the 2nd year. Runners can choose to run a 1K or 5K race to gain points in the competition. This year we advised runners unless very young, to run the 5k after feed back from last year. The course is about a third on farm tracks and footpath and the rest on quiet country roads that are well marshalled. There is a relatively steep climb just over a kilometre into the race with fantastic views at the top of the Malvern Hills.
Emily Field was our first runner home in an excellent 6th place overall and 1st lady. Emily has massive potential but often does not perform her best with a hilly course but certainly did this time with one of her best runs to date.
Robbie Wood was our 2nd runner home with a strong run for 9th overall and 3rd senior male. Robbie is still relatively new to racing and will get even better with more experience after being held up a little at the start of the race.
After running the day before at Loughborough, George Quli again ran extremely well for 11th overall and 3rd junior male.
Lucas Hartley also ran the day before at Loughborough and is another runner with massive potential that showed no tiredness from the day before. Despite still being only just 9 and year 3 at school he managed an excellent 17th place.
Edward Jones ran the 5k last year and enjoyed it so much that he wanted to run it again this year. He finished in a very good 28th place over a minute quicker than last year. He was closely followed by Arthur Quli 29th and Thomas Cassidy 32nd with both running well and over quarter of the way up the field especially as both are only just 9 years of age.
Isobel Barnett and Abigail Barnett both did well for 35th and 42nd respectively even though Abigail was still tired from the Nationals the day before.
Despite being worried about running 5k for the first time Arlen Hartley and Ella Gray ran well for 45th and 47th, still over a third the way up the field. Especially as Arlen suffered cramp during the warm up and Ella ran most the race with stitch.
Eleanor Jones was our sole runner in the 1k race but thoroughly enjoyed it as she did last year.
Thank you to Nigel Tillot and his team for putting on such a well run event and we will certainly be back again next year.
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SIAB Schools International.
Woolaton Park, Nottingham.
Saturday 24th March 2018.
After finishing 6th with a superb run at Leeds in the ESAA Schools Cross Country Nationals, Kiya Dee from Bourton Roadrunners was chosen to run for the England School’s team in the SIAB Schools International at Woolaton Park, Nottingham on the 24th March taking on teams from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Kiya ran with composure and maturity for such a young age. During the early stages of the race she was around 15 to 20 places off the leaders but as the race progressed she gradually drew them in, to finish an excellent 7th place and 4th England runner home helping England to first place and Gold Medals for the team. Certainly a name to watch out for in the future.
Primary Schools Cross Country Nationals.
Prestwold Hall. Loughborough.
Saturday 24th March 2018.
Bourton Roadrunner Junior’s took a small team to the Primary School’s Cross Country Nationals on Saturday 24th March at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough. The team consisted of Junior’s who missed out on running for the county for one reason or another and wanted to gain experience for possibly making the county team in the future. Our runners did not disappoint with all doing very well.
The county made a decision to only take Year 5’s for the year 5 race, but after finding out that the club could enter Year 4’s or even Year 3’s in the Year 5 race, as long as they were of a very good standard. With both Michael Astor and Lucas Hartley falling into this category they were both keen to take part. Michael finished 2nd in the District Final’s and did extremely well on the day finishing towards the top of the field in 44th place. If he had been in the Gloucestershire team he would have been 2nd Gloucestershire runner home. A certain miss to the Gloucestershire team. Lucas gained a great deal of experience on the day but did get caught out at the start at a bottleneck at the first turn. He then gradually made his way through the field to finish an excellent 161st place moving up at least eighty places. Our final runner in the Year 5 race was Ned Harrison who only joined the club a few months ago and finished a very good 201st place out of 266 runners. Another runner with massive potential for the future.
Abigail Barnett was our sole runner in the Year 6 girls and just missed out on selection for the Gloucestershire team finishing 13th after leading the race in the early stages. In the National’s she paced herself far better, moving up the field throughout the race finishing a 119th out of 252 runners. Great to see a massive smile on her face after the race.
Kian Dee just missed out by one place finishing 11th in the Gloucestershire finals and did well on the day with a strong run finishing 131st in the Year 6 boys race. He would have been 9th Gloucestershire runner on the day if he had been in the team. He was joined by Wilf Harrison and Peter Fletcher who also ran well finishing 192nd and 221st respectively with 262 runners taking part. It was great to see the team spirit at the end with each member waiting and congratulating each other at the finish before moving on with a little wave at the camera as the event was recorded and streamed live.
George Quli and Arthur Fletcher were our last runners in the Year 7 race with both members running well. George also got a little caught at the back at the start of the race but moved up the field finishing 142nd out of 168 runners. As Arthur has missed a little training recently he did well finishing 163rd in such a high class field.
All the runners thoroughly enjoyed the with all wanting to return next year.
A massive thank you to John Skevington and his team for putting on such a superb event.
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New Balance English Schools Cross Country Championships.
Temple Newsam Park, Leeds.
Saturday 17th March 2018.
Bourton Roadrunner Juniors had three members who qualified to run in the New Balance English Schools Cross Country Nationals at Leeds on the 17th March. With the Beast from the East 2 forecasted it was going to be extremely cold for the runners with possible snow and ice. Fortunately there was no snow but with strong winds, freezing cold conditions for all the Athletes.
In the Junior girls, sisters Kiya and Taya Dee continued as in the Inter Counties the week before with superb runs. Kiya managed 6th winning an England shirt and Taya 36th helping the Gloucestershire Juniors Girls team to an excellent 6th place overall.
Emily Field ran in the Inter Girls Competition and although suffered a little from the cold still managed a very good 155th place improving greatly from 216th the previous year.
Gloucestershire Primary Schoools Cross Country Championships.
St Edwards School. Charlton Kings. Cheltenham.
Saturday 10th March 2018.
The Gloucestershire Primary Schools took place on the same day as the Inter Counties at St Edwards School, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham with its tough hill. Abigail Barnett did extremely well finishing 11th, improving from last years 24th place and Kian Dee finished in an excellent 13th place in the Year 6 boys race. Both have a chance of running for Gloucestershire in the Nationals as reserves but if not will join a Bourton Roadrunner’s team who will also send a small team to the Nationals to gain experience at Loughborough. Wilf Harrison was upset not to be able to run due to illness.
Only Year 5 and 6's were able to run this year's Gloucestershire Finals, they may change and allow years 3's and 4's to compete as year 5's if they qualify through the District Champs. Unfortunately for Michael Astor (Year 4) who finished 2nd in the District as well as Arthur Quli (Year 4) and Lucas Hartley (Year 3) who would have also qualified if they were older, were not allowed to run. After speaking to one if the organisers of the Primary Schools Nationals these runner's can compete as year 5's in a BRR Junior team, so luckily will not miss out this year.
We did have a number of runner's who did well at the North Cotswolds District Championships at Moreton-in-Marsh, many improving on their position from last year. Unfortunately due to a number of schools not giving in their finishing positions we do not have a results sheet to give positions this year.
Inter Counties Cross Country Championships.
Prestwold Hall. Loughborough.
Saturday 10th March 2018.
Bourton Roadrunner Juniors had six members representing Gloucestershire in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough. After the snow the previous week and a great deal of rain since, there were flood warnings out for the area. The undulating course was virtually all mud that just got worse after every race making it very difficult going for the runners.
In the U13 girls the club had one of its highest finishers in recent times when Kiya Dee finished 4th overall despite being tripped and falling halfway through the race. She was only 15 seconds behind the winner and 10 seconds behind 3rd so could have made top three if she had not fallen. Sister Taya is also starting to the show the form she showed last year with an equally impressive run for an excellent 29th out of over 300 of the UK’s best runners.
Emily Field and Gabby Jones competed in the Inter Counties for the first time and both girls did well. Emily went of a little to quick but held on well to finish 1st Gloucestershire runner back in the U17 girls competition in a very good 142nd place. Gabby was called up as a reserve only a few weeks before and despite suffering stitch finished in a well deserved 272nd place.
In the U15 boy’s competition Jake Astor and Harvey Sawyer were also competing for the first time in the Inter Counties. Unfortunately both boys placed their timing chips on their wrists instead of their ankles and their positions were not registered. Luckily due to several photos being taken we were able to calculate their approximate positions. Jake ran strongly finishing first Gloucestershire runner home in around 175th position give or take a few places. Harvey was called up last minute also as a reserve and although racing at this level was always going to be difficult acquitted himself well finishing in around 300th place.
Well done to all our runners and hope they can make the Championships again next year.
Gloucestershire Cross Country County League Round 4.
Pitville Park. Cheltenham.
Saturday 17th February 2018.
The 4th round of the Gloucestershire Cross Country League took place at Pitville Park, Cheltenham on Saturday 17th February and the event was well supported by Bourton Roadrunner Juniors.
In the U11 boys competition Kian Dee was our first runner home and despite having a bad cold still ran strongly and finished in a very creditable 27th place. Arthur Quli was not far behind in 36th place running an even paced race and despite going off a little too quick, Edward Jones held on for a very respectable 42nd place. These runners were well supported by Atticus Sinton 50th, Thomas Cassidy 51st, Dominic Luff 57th and Jacob Sinton 63rd.
Ella Gray showed her class in the U11 girls with an excellent 8th place overall despite this being her first outing this season. Abigail Barnett also did well for 15th despite suffering a little with a niggly knee.
George Quli was our sole runner in the U13 boys and did well for 26th after missing a great deal of training over the last month with the dreaded flue like cold that has hit so many of our members.
Kiya Dee again destroyed the field with her third 1st place finish in the U13 girl’s race which gives her an unassailable lead in the Competition this year. Sister Kaya Dee ran strongly for 10th and Isabel Dennett was our last runner home in 32nd place bringing the team home in 3rd place overall.
In the U15 boys Harvey Sawyer and Tom Williamson both did well for 12th and 15th respectively.
Helena West showed her experience in the U15 girls gradually moving up the field through the race for a well deserved 11th place. Isobel Barnett after a few difficult years is again on the up and getting better and more confident with every race for 16th. Heidi Mundinano who has just recently joined the club ran steadily for 20th and will undoubtedly move up the field the more she trains.
Robbie Hughes did well in the U17/20 boys race for 11th as the standard in the race was extremely high.
The U17 girls again ran in the ladies race and despite Emily Field suffering badly from stitch in the middle section of the race, again showed her class with an excellent 26th overall and 2nd place in the U17 girls competition. Gabby Jones suffered with her achilles and did well to finish in 88th overall and 7th U17 girl.
South West Schools Cross Country Championships.
Saturday 3rd February 2018.
Bourton Roadrunner Juniors had three members chosen to represent Gloucestershire Schools in the South West Schools Cross Country Championships in Devon on Saturday 3rd February. The event took place at Stover School, near Newton Abbot on the edge of Dartmoor. The course comprised of a flatter section that was quite difficult, as it was very muddy and quite narrow in parts, an undulating wooded section and the older runners also had to contend with an additional field, with a relatively tough hill.
In the Junior Girls race Kiya Dee and a Dorset runner opened a gap on the rest of the field and although Kiya ran extremely well, the Dorset runner just came out on top at the very end. Sister Taya had a strong run for 41st helping Gloucestershire to a well deserved 2nd place overall.
Emily Field ran in the Inter Girls race and had one of her best races to date with a very good 24th place helping the Gloucestershire team to another excellent 2nd place.
All three girls have a great chance in being chosen to represent Gloucestershire Schools in the Schools Nationals in March.
Other News for January 2018.
Kiya Dee broke 20 minutes in the Cheltenham Park Run on Saturday 20th January and also broke the record for the quickest U15.
Gloucestershire Cross Country County Championships.
Old Down Country Park. Near Bristol.
Saturday 6th January 2018.
The Gloucestershire County Championship’s took place at Old Down Country Park, near Bristol, for the 2nd year in a row. The undulating course is set in the beautiful surrounding of this estate with several steep sections that many athletes found quite demanding.
Although numbers were down on the previous year, with several members missing the race through illness, Bourton Roadrunner Junior’s still did very well.
Abigail Barnett was our sole runner in the U11 girls and ran a well, paced race for 16th place. Michael Astor keeps getting better and better with another superb run for 6th place in the U11 boy’s and with several more years in this age group could be a potential winner in the future. Kian Dee never disappoints with another strong run for 11th and was well supported by Edward Jones in 29th , bringing the U11 boy’s team home in 3rd place and a well deserved Bronze Medal.
Despite still suffering the after effects of a cold, Kaya Dee destroyed the field behind her in the U13 girl’s showing her class with her sister Taya finishing strongly with another, very impressive run in 2nd. They were supported by Isabel Dennett who is getting better with each race in 24th place securing 3rd team place overall and Olivia McMorris ran bravely, finishing the race despite feeling very unwell in 26th place.
Helena West showed all her experience with a strong showing in the U15 girl’s for 12th place and Isobel Barnett was running well until a recurring injury forced her to retire from the race.
Jake Astor has improved massively from last year and ran his best race to date with an excellent 7th place with Harvey Sawyer also improving on the previous year in 13th place in the U15 boys.
Emily Field and Gabby Jones both ran well in the U17 girls managing 6th and 8th place respectively. Robbie Hughes also did well for his first County Champ’s running strongly for 11th place in the U17 boys.
Kiya, Taya, Emily, Jake and Harvey have been chosen to represent Gloucestershire in the Inter counties Championships and Helena and Gabby are currently reserves.