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BRR JUNIORS - NEWS & RESULTS 2016/17.

Sherborne Fun Run & 10k.
Sunday 4th June 2017.

This now annual event is becoming bigger and bigger on the demanding course through Sherborne Woods, however at least this year it was dry and Bourton Juniors once again dominated the races

The under 15 girl’s race was very competitive and Kiya Dee was making her debut for the club and what an impression she made, the longer the race went on the stronger she became and she won in style in 9 mins 35secs. Emily Field was in the lead for most of the way but was just over taken near the finish to finish in 2nd on 9 mins 39secs, a very impressive run. She was also pushed hard by Taya Dee in 3rd in 9mins 53secs, what a good result for Bourton. But more good news to follow as we continued to fill the top spots with a fine run from Lauren Farley in 4th in 10mins 14 secs and Freya Ramsay in 5thth in 11mins 57secs. Good to see Darcy Thompson racing so well in 6th in 12mins 42secs and Daisy Keen in 7th in 13mins 22secs. Freya and Eleanore Gilbert were pacing round their younger brother in 11th and 12th. Many of the girls were much younger than 15 so a lot of promise for the future.

In the under 11 girl’s race Olivia McMorris went out very hard and forged a good gap on her rivals, in her first race win she look very comfortable dominating the race in 11mins 34secs.

In the under 9 girl’s race Tilly Sellek had a very solid race in 4th 13mins 45secs, lots of potential here.

In the under 6 girl’s race we had yet another win from the very impressive Evie Sellek in 15mins 28secs, what a future she also has.

The boy’s under 15 race Connor McGuinness had a tough field against him but as ever he battled through the field well to finish 3rd 10mins 45secs closely followed by the ever improving Callum Woolley in 4th who just got pipped on the line to be given the same time in 4th. Toby Sellek also battled round well in 6th in 10mins 55secs. Mathew Woods made his race debut today and a good start to his racing carrier to finish 11th in 14mins 26secs

In the under 11 boy’s race George Quli is going from strength to strength after a good track season to finish 2nd in 10mins 40secs.

To make it a very good debut day for the Dee family Kian Dee won the under 10 boy’s race in great style in 10mins 12 secs.

Jacob Sinton raced well in the under 9 boy’s race to take 2nd spot in 11mins 50secs

Arthur Quli is now starting to be notice as he won his race well today in the under 8 boy’s race in 11mins 13secs

Also another good win for Atticus Sinton in the under 7 boy’s race in 12mins 29secs and he was backed up well by William Chambers in 4th in 16mins 10secs.

What a race debut for Raphael Gilbert following in his sisters footsteps to win the under 6 boys race in 17mins 23secs.

Other News June 2017

Several Bourton Roadrunners took part in the Cirencester Park 3k Junior Summer Sizzler race on Wednesday 14th June 2017. George Quli did extremely well for 6th overall in 13:05 and his younger brother Arthur was not far behind in an excellent 18th place in 14:11. Callum Woolley who was still recovering from illness did well for 19th, just behind Arthur in 14:13. Atticus and Jacob Sinton have both started racing recently  and are both certainly enjoying it with 30th and 39th,  15:46 and  16:34 respectively.     

Fairford Fun Run & 10k.
Sunday 4th June 2017.

This is the first time that the Fairford Fun Run has been included in the Bourton Road Runner Race Champ Competition. It was a relatively flat course at just under 3km and the weather was good and enjoyed by all those that ran. There was a great deal going on as the race was part of the colourful Fairford Festival and also included a 10km race. A great family day out and we hope to include it again next year.


Although the number of Bourton Roadrunners were down compared to Northleach, fifteen runners came and supported the club
First runner home was Jake Astor in 2nd place in 11:08, just two seconds behind the winner and first U13+.  It will not be long before he wins a race if he continues to train regularly.  Again Emily Field was first lady in an excellent 3rd overall  not far behind Jake. As with Jake if Emily continues to train regularly has a great future in this sport.


Jake’s two brothers were the next two runners home with Charlie 8th and Michael 11th. Due to other commitments Charlie only trains occasionally, which is a shame as if he trained regularly would be even further up the field. Michael is still only 8 years old and is a very exciting prospect for the future.

Callum Woolley only joined the club recently and always works hard at his training and at this early stage this is showing with an excellent 12th place. If he continues to work at his training there is a great deal more to come.

Edward Jones managed a very good 25th place closely followed by Maria Watkins, Olivia McMorriss and Maite Capper in 28th, 29th and 31st place respectively. Atticus and Jacob Sinton are also new members  and ran well for 39th and 40th place. Noah Williams who is only 8 did well for 50th, closely followed by William Chalmers in 52nd in his first race for the club.  Kizzy Brooker ran with a sore foot and did well for 72nd followed by her sister Charlotte in 89th, also in their first race for the club.

Unfortunately only a few times were taken but all positions were correct.

Northleach Fun Run & 10k.
Sunday 21st May 2017.

There was a large contingent of Bourton Roadrunner Juniors at the Northleach Fun Run on Sunday 21st May. The course is mainly off road starting and finishing at Northleach Primary School and includes quite a demanding hilly section but finishes with a longish, downhill section, on the road.


Jake Astor was the first BRR junior runner back taking 2nd place overall in an excellent 13:04. George Quli and Michael Astor finished in joint 3rd place in an equally impressive time of 13:36 especially as both boys are only 11 and 8 respectively. George improved on his previous year’s time, by nearly 30 seconds and Michael certainly has a bright future in the sport, if he continues to train.



Emily Field was 1st lady and 6th overall in 13:42 with a strong run and Lauren Farley was 2nd lady in 14:04 for 10th overall and beating her time from last year by nearly 1 minute. Christopher Hunt continues to impress, despite coming back from injury with an excellent 8th place in 13:45 improving from 16:20 the year before although I have a feeling he lost his shoe last year.



25 juniors took part in total and the runners above were well supported with Sean Farley 13th (14:17, 15:55 last year), Dougal Hamilton-Smith 16th (14:38), Callum Woolley 18th (15:15, 17:04 last year), Henry Everitt 19th (15:16), Arthur Quli 20th (15:19, 19:40 las year), Edward Jones 21st (15:21), Ella Davies 23rd (15:29), Harvey Sawyer 24th (15:37), Atticus Sinton 26th (15:41), Ella Gray 28th (15:43, 17:07 last year), Maite Capper 30th (16:04, 18:19 last year), Matilda Gorton 34th (16:21), Arlen Hartley 36th (16:47), Jacob Sinton 37th (17:10), Florence Cowell 38th (17:22), Lucas Hartley 40th (17:32), Daisy Keen 48th (18:46), Darcey Thompson 81st (21:55) and finally Isabel Dennett who injured herself but still finished in 84th (22:14).

Certainly an impressive set  of results with most beating their time last year although conditions were slightly better this year than last. This was the 2nd year the Fun Run was included in the club Race Champ Competition and will certainly be included again. 122 runners took part.

Gloucestershire AAA Track & Field Championships.
Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham.
Sunday 14 May 2017
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The Gloucestershire Track and Field Championships took place this year at the Prince of Wales Stadium. The weather was dry and quite warm and luckily the rain stayed away. The numbers in races were quite low with quite a wide difference in standard but again the Bourton Junior runners did very well with many managing PB's or getting very close. To qualify for Race Champ points the U11's had to run the 600 metre race and the older age groups in the 1500 metre race. The U11's were split into two groups.

In the U11 girls race Abigail Barnett came 3rd in the first race in 2:17 equaling her time last year and was closely followed by new member Phoebe Alvin in her first race for the club in 4th in an impressive 2:17. In the second race Kizzy, 8th and Charlotte Brooker, 9th also ran very well for theis first race for the club in their quickest time's of the year, 2:46 and 3:07.

The boys also did well with Ed Jones 6th in the first race in 2:17 beating his time last year of 2:21 and Arlen Hartley 7th in 2:28 beating his personal best by 10 seconds. In the second race Arthur Quli ran well in 4th in 2:22 followed by Lucas Hartley, 5th in a very good 2:34 despite running with a bad cold with a great run by Noah Williams for 6th in 2:43 smashing his previous PB of 2:59.

In the U13 girls Olivia McMorris and Isabel Dennett did extremely well both smashing their personal bests with a particulary quick, impressive last 100 metres from Olivia. Olivia came 6th in 6:07 and Isabel, 7th in 6:21, both with a previous best of 6:47 and 6:48.

George Quli was our only representitive in the U13 boys and did very well despite just moving into this age group. he managed 5th in 5:58 beating his previous best by over 15 seconds.

Helena West and Emily Field were again our only representitives in the U15 and U17 girls races. Helena again ran very strongly in the U15's race managing 7th in a PB of 5:41 beating her time last year of 5:47. Emily Field did extremely well following the leaders in the U17 girls race for 2nd place overall and a Silver County Medal and PB time of 5:08. beating her time last year of 5:14.

In the U15 boys race Jake Astor keeps improving with an excellent 3rd place in 5:08 and bronze County Medal beating his previous best of 5:57. He was well supported by Harvey Sawyer 4th in 5:50 improving on his PB and Callum Woolley 5th in his first race for the club in a very good 6:10.

Brewers Games.
Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham.
Monday 1st May 2017
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The Brewers Games is a regular event usually run on the May Day Bank Holiday Monday but this is the first time we have considered the event for our Race Champ Award. Unfortunately the minimum ten juniors members needed to include the event in the competition was not achieved, partly due to the Quad Kids event filling up quickly through high demand.

The Quad kids is a great event with junior members in separate U11 and U13 age groups competing in a sprint 75m/100m, long run, 600/800m, long jump and a throwing event called vortex.

Maria Watkins was our only junior who took part managing 0:15.3 in the 100 metre sprint, 2:53 in the 800 metres, 3.54m in the Long Jump and 16.64M in the Vortex Throw. She did very well managing 15th in the Girls Competition and 30th overall including the boys. Over 100 juniors took part.

We also had three members compete in the 1500 metre race where all age groups ran together. They all ran very well with Emily Field 1st U17 girl in 5:18 and Gabby Jones 3rd U17 girl in 6:07. Harvey Sawyer ran well in 5:51 for 1st in the 15 boys.

Gabby and Emily also took part in the Long Jump with Gabby managing 5th U1 Girl in 3.85 and Emily 6th in 3.32.

Hopefully we will have more members take part but book up early especially for the Quad Kids but enen in the other races as there is quite a large charge for registering on the day.

2016 Awards & Cross Country Competition 2016/17 Awards
Tuesday 25th April 2017.

On Tuesday 25th April we presented our 2016 Awards including Athlete of the Year and Race Champ 2016 Awards as well as the medals and trophies for our 2016/17 Cross Country Comtetition, before the training session started. Unfortunately the weather was poor so the presentation took place in the Leisure Centre, rather than the training field and the medals and trophies were kindly presented by the club President, Norman Lane.

The first awards were for Athlete of the Year. Points are accumulated for Attendance, Improvement and support of the Club in Races. The top runners all win a trophy with the top Boy and Girl winning the overall trophy and the member with the greatest number of points, who have not won the trophy before winning the Jack Oaky Trophy.

The overall winners this year were Maria Watkins and Peter Fletcher with Maria also winning the Jack Oaky Trophy.

The runner's up were Edward Jones, Gabby Jones, Emily Field, Sean Farley, Arthur Quli, Isabel Dennett, George Quli, Abigail Barnett, Christopher Hunt, Arthur Fletcher, Helena West, Annabella Williams, Connor McGuinness-Dean, Charlotte Foster, Robbie Hughes, Charlie Phipp & Celia Darwent.

The next awards were for the Race Champ 2016 Competition. Juniors all can accumulate points on certain races throughout the year and the members with the greatest number of points win a trophy. This years winners were: Gabby Jones, Edward Jones, Abigail Barnett, Helena West, Isobel Barnett, George Quli, Arthur Quli, Emily Field, Maria Watkins, Christopher Hunt, Isabel Dennett, Harvey Sawyer, Connor McGuinnes-Dean, Isabel Kiey-Thomas, Lauren Farley, Sean Farley, Arthur Fletcher, Peter Fletcher, Maite Capper.

The final awards were for the club Cross Country 2016/17 Competition. All members who complete at least three out of the four races in the Gloucestershire Open Cross Country win a medal for support of the club and the top three in each age group win Gold Silver and Bronze Medals. Although the U9 age group does not exist in the Gloucestershire League we include it in our competition. The top three finishing positions are added together as points with the lowest number of points winning each age group. The overall trophy goes to the Girl and Boy with the lowest number of points over all four races and age groups.

This years overall winners were Emily Field and George Quli.

The other winnjers were:

U11 Girls - Maria Watkins (Gold), Abigail Barnett (Silver), Olivia McMorris (Bronze). Isabel Dennett & Maite Capper.

U13 Girls - Helena West (Gold), Isobel Barnett (Silver)

U15 Girls - Emily Field (Gold)

U17 Girls - Gabby Jones (Gold)

U9 Boys - Arthur Quli (Gold). Noah Williams (Silver).

U11 Boys - George Quli (Gold). Henry Everitt (Silver), Arthur Fletcher (Bronze). Dougal Hamilton-Smithy, Edward Jones, Dominic Luff, Peter Fletcher & Jamie Mather.

U13 Boys - Thomas Mather (Gold)

U15 Boys - Jake Astor (Gold), Harvey Sawyer (Silver).


A big thankyou to Norman Lane for presenting the Awards and the Leisure Centre for using their Centre for the awards.

Pendock Spring Chicken Run.
Sunday 26th March 2017
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This is the first time we have included this event in the Race Champ Competition which included a Fun Run over approximately one mile, a 5km and 10km race. A great day out for the whole family. Unfortunately the 5km run filled up fast but members could still enter the Fun Run. We were extremely dissapointed that after showing the finishing positions in the Fun Run previous years they did not take them this year. Although we can understand times not being taken we do feel that not taking positions was a huge mistake and if this is the case next year will have to reconsider including this event again next year.

Jake Astor and Edward Jones both entered the 5K race before it filled up and both did very well. Jake Astor came 3rd overall in an excellent 20:26 and if he continues working hard with his training could see him winning this race in the future. Edward Jones is still an U11 and is more used to 1.5/2 km distance but did ver well for 31st overall, 12th junior male in a time of 26:48. The course was quite tough with a few hills to contend with.

Emily Field decided to run in the Fun Run winning it with relative ease. A shame she did not enter the 5km as there was a good chance she could have been 1st female as her times are close to Jake's and the leading ladies were over 30 seconds behind.

Maria Watkins, Dougal Hamilton-Smith, Dominic Luff, Lucas Hartley, Arlen Hartley and Noah Williams ran in the Fun Run but regretably we do not have positions as they were not taken.

Other News - March 2017.

Emily Field ran extremely well in the English Schools Cross Country Championships for Gloucestershire at the Norfolk Country Showground at Norwich on 18th March. The course was relatively flat, but the going was quite tough against a strong wind but it was a course that suited Emily. She came 216th out of 345 runners and was 5th Gloucestershire runner overall. Rosie Mutsaars was also chosen to run but was extremely disappointed having to pull out due to sickness the night before the race.

Helena West ran for the first time, in the Inter Counties at Loughborough on Saturday 11th and ran well for 285th in the U13 girls. Rosie Mutssars also did well for 206th in the U17 girls.

Gloucestershire Primary Schools Cross Country Championships.
Newent- Saturday 11th March 2017.

The Primary School Cross Country Championships took place for the second year at Newent School over a very good undulating course of approximately 1.8km. Eight different regions send their twelve best runners to compete for their region, in the finals.

In the U11 girls competition it was always going to be difficult to acheive a top place as several of the top girls pulled out before the race but those that stepped in did well. Abigail Barnett ran well after winning the selection race at Moreton for a very good 24th. and there were very good performances from Isabel Dennett 41st, Olivia McMorris 45th and Lily Burden 54th. 89 runners took place in the race and Abigail was selected to run for Gloucestershire in the Year 5 Competition at the Primary School Nationals..

The boys did extremely well coming 5th overall in the Competition despite loosing their top runner to the Inter Counties at Loughborough, if he had been present there would have been a great chance of 3rd or possibly 2nd. The BRR contigient did very well with Lysander Tarrant, first North Cotswold runner home in 14th after managing 28th the year before, great improvement. Jack Theo also ran well for 29th after finishing 52nd the year before. The team were well supported by Arthur Fletcher 32nd, George Quli 53rd and Michael Astor 83rd who is only a Year 3 and a great prospect for the future.

A big thank you to the oraniser's as a great course and a big thank you to Di Clarke.

Gloucestershire XC League Final Positions.

Three best finishing positions count.

U11 Girls: Maria Watkins 12th, Abigail Barnett 20th, Olivia McMorris 22nd, Isabel Dennett 26th, Maite Capper 32nd and Ella Gray 33rd. Team A 4th.

U11 Boys: George Quli 9th, Henry Everitt 17th, Arthur Fletcher 20th, Dougal Hamilton Smith 24th, Edward Jones 26th, Dominic Luff 28th, Arthur Quli 30th, Jamie Mather 43rd and Noah Williams 45th. Team A 5th, Taem B 8th and Team C 12th.

U13 Girls: Helena West 11th and Isobel Barnett 19th.

U13 Boys: Thomas Mather 26th.

U15 Girls: Emily Field 3rd.

U15 Boys: Jake Astor 15th and Harvey Sawyer 21st.

U17 Girls: Gabby Jones 6th.

Gloucestershire XC League Round 4.
Pitville Park Cheltenham.

Saturday 18th February 2017 .

The final round of the Gloucestershire Cross Country Competion took place at Pitville Park, but due to wear on the park had to alter the course from previous years that did cause a little confusion on the day to those who had run it in the past. Luckily the weather was good and the ground firm in most parts, so very good going for the runners with the usual stream section and a few small climbs to contend with.

The U11's distance was longer than usual at 2.2km, the U13's 2.7km and the U15/17's 4.8km.

Maria Watkins led the U11 girl's team home in 12th with Abigail Barnett 17th and Olivia McMorriss 23rd supporting bringing the girls team home in 3rd overall. They were well supported by Isabel Dennett 32nd and Ella Gray 38th.

The U11 boys managed three teams with George Quli first runner home in 15th place, Arthur Fletcher 24th and Sean Farley 30th bringing the boys home in a 6th position. Our next three runners home were Dougal Hamilton-Smith 36th, Edward Jones 42nd and Dominic Luff 44th for 9th place. Our final three runners were Arthur Quli 50th, Jamie Mather 62nd and Noah Williams 66th for 16th.

Helena West ran very well on the day managing 9th with Lauren Farley 16th and Isobel Barnett 30th and third runner home. The girls managed 5th place overall in the U13 girls competition and was supported by Darcey Thompson in 33rd who did extremely well on the day as does not race very often.

Thomas Mather was our only runner in the U13 boys race with our other runners away for half term but did well for 29th place.

In the under 15 races Emily Field ran well in the girls race for 9th on the day but did enough in the previous round's to come third overall in the competition for an excellent individual Bronze medal. Harvey Sawyer was a late arrival and just managed to reach the start before the race started and was always going to find it difficult against strong competition in the U15 boy's but still finished the race in 23rd place.

Gabby Jones was our only runner in the U17 girls but ran well for 7th place.

Other News - February 2017.

Emily Field has been chosen to run for Gloucestershire Schools at the Schools Nationals for the first time at Norwich in March. A great acheivement after putting in a lot of hard work over the past year.

Helena West has been chosen to run in the Inter Counties for Gloucestershire at Loughborough on 11th March 2017 in her first Inter Counties.. She qualified as a reserve from the Gloucesershire County Finals in January.

The weather was awful at the Schools South West Finals at Truro. Emily Field made the long trip to Cornwall and did extremely well for 38th overall. Although the weather picked up just before her race, the conditions were extremely muddy with many runners falling, luckily Emily was able to stay on her feet. Fingers crossed that she has done enough to represent Gloucestershire in the Nationals at Norwich.

North Cotswold Primary School District Championships.
Fire College, Moreton-in-Marsh
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Wednesday 8th February 201.

There was a good showing of Bourton Road Runners at the Gloucestershire Primary Schools North Cotswolds District Cross Championships took place at Moreton Fire College as in previous years on Wednesday 10th February. The course is relatively flat and approximately 1500 metres long. Conditions and the weather was good.

The top twelve runners in the girls and the boys race all qualify to race for the North Cotswolds team  in the Gloucestershire Primary Schools County Championships at Newent in March. The next four runner's qualify as reserves. There is always strong Competition in the finals from the other regions, with the top individuals and teams winning medals. Chris Hartley will again be the North Cotswolds manager in the finals.

In the girls race Abigail Barnett ran a superb race and deservedly won the race after following the leader and overtaking her in the last few metres before the finish, last year she was 2nd. Isabel Dennett was not far behind with her best run to date managing 4th up from 25th last year. Newer member Olivia McMorris who joined the club in the summer is certainly showing her ability with a superb 5th place after coming 27th and 47th in the previous two years.

They were well supported with Ella Gray 16th and Sophie Finlay 29th.

Lysander Tarrant was first Bourton Roadrunner home and after some impressive results in training ran impressively with an excellent 2nd place up from 7th last year. Lysander was closely followed by Jack Theo with a strong run for 3rd moving up from 4th last year. George Quli has been getting closer to Lysander in training and this showed with a very good 6th place.

They were strongly supported by Michael Astor 10th who also qualifies for the finals with Arthur Fletcher 13th with a massive improvement on 49th last year and Charlie Astor 15th who will be both reserve's for the finals.

Other results: Sean Farley 29th (Up from 44th last year), William Lockey 34th, Arthur Quli 35th, Henry Everitt 39th, Dominic Luff 44th, Peter Fletcher 56th (With a massive improvement, 96th last year), Jamie Mather 81st and Matty Gillie 115th.

All our runners did Bourton Roadrunners proud and sure many of you will move up places again next year if you continue to train.

Schools Inter Counties/British Athletics Cross Challenge.
Blackweir Fields - Cardiff.

Sunday 22nd January 2017.

The British Cross Challenge Cardiff takes place annually in the beautiful Blackweir Fields, part of Bute Park, very close to the city centre and castle on the banks of the River Taff, a lovely location. The course is quite flat with a lumpy woodland section but can get quite muddy after a period of wet weather. Luckily the weather was lovely this year.

This race incorporates two races in one with the main race being the British Cross Challenge which is part of a series of races and a minor inter counties schools competition. Gloucestershire Schools use the race as a warm up for the Schools South West and National Competitions in February and March.

Emily Field enjoys these flatter courses but was also one of the younger runners in the U17 girls's race but did very well for 39th overall, 9th in the Inter schools competition and 6th Gloucestershire Schools finisher. This will certainly be good enough to qualify for the South West finals and may be good enough for the Nationals.

Rosie Mutsaars also ran extremely well for 29th overall, 5th in the Inter Schools and 4th Gloucestershire runner that almost definately qualifies her for the South West and Nationals. She also has another year in this age group.

Very well done to both girls.

Gloucestershire Cross Country County Championships.
Old Down Country Park Near Bristol.

Saturday 7th January 2017.

Tockington Schooly kindly hosted the Gloucestershire County Championships in the grounds of Old Down Country Park, north of Bristol. All runners were given free admission to this picturesque park with gardens, play area and even Llamas. There were county medals up for grabs and also the chance of selection to run for the county in the Inter Counties in the U13 age groups and above for those coming in the top eight.

The course was undulatiing and quite muddy in parts with a few steep sections but with some lovely views although the runners probably did not notice this but great for spectators.

We had our strongest team representing the U11 girls with Maria Watkins managing 9th, Annabella Williams 12th and Olivia McMorris 16th bringing the girls home in 3rd place overall and a bronze medal and only one point off silver. They were well supported by Maite Capper 21st and Isabel Dennett 22nd.

There was also a strong team for the U11 boys with Lysander Tarrant 6th, George Quli 9th and Dougal Hamilton-Smith 25th bringing the boys home also in 3rd and again one point off Silver. They were also well supported with Edward Jones 26th, Michael Astor 32nd and Arthur Quli 37th bringing the B team home in 8th place.

Helena West ran strongly in the U13 girls competition coming 10th giving her an outside chance of making the Inter counties as a reserve and was closely followed by Lauren Farley in 12th. Celia Darwent also ran well for 20th, bringing the girls team in a well deserved 5th place overall.

We also had a strong team in the U13 boy competition but were up against strong opposition. Louis Mutsaars was first runner home in 12th place, Connor McGuinness-Dean 18th and Jago Tarrant 21st bringing the team home in a very good 5th place.

There was also a great chance for a medal for our U17 girls but unfortunately Gabby Jones 12th picked up an injury during the race but continued to the end not to let the team down but missed out by one point. Rosie Mutsaars again ran extremely well for 5th overall and almost guaranteeing her a place in the Inter Counties and they were well supported by Charlotte Foster 10th.

Jake Astor surprisingly ran despite suffering an upset stomach for the days leading up to the race in the U15 boys but did find the going tough but finished in 12th place. Harvey Sawyer decided to run with his team mate to give him support finishing in 12th place.

Emily Field had a great chance of making the Inter Counties but unfortunately twisted her ankle badly and had to pull out in the U15 girls race.

Gloucestershire XC League Round 3.
Katherine Lady Berkeley School - Wootton under Edge.

Saturday 17th Dec 2016 .

Unfortunately the Bourton Roadrunner leaders were unable to support our runners but members turned up in number and the club was supported especially in the U11 age groups.. This was the first time at Wootton for the members running and was a tough course which was very muddy in parts with rabbit holes to contend with as well.

U11 Girls: Maria Watkins 7th, Olivia McMorris 12th, Maite Capper 21st, Isabel Dennett 23rd, Abigail Barnett 25th, Ella Gray 26th and Felicity Brown 33rd.

U11 Boys: George Quli 13th, Henry Everitt 25th, Michael Astor 28th, Dominic Luff 36th, Dougal Hamilton-Smith 43rd, Edward Jones 44th, Arthur Quli 47th, Jamie Mather 56th and Noah Williams 61st.

U13 Girls: Helena West 16th and Isobel Barnett 24th

U13 Boys: Louis Mutsaars 18th and Thomas Mather 30th.

U15 Girls: Emily Field 9th.

U15 Boys: Jake Astor and Harvey Sawyer 26th.

U17 Girls: Gabby Jones 9th..

Teams (Top 3 finishers): U11 Girls - 3rd and 6th. U11 Boys: -5th, 11th and 12th.

Thank you to Neil and Sam for photos.

Gloucestershire Schools Cheltenham District Championships.
St Edwards School. Charlton Kings - Friday 18th November 2015.

The Gloucestershire Schools District Cross Country Champs took place again at St Edwards School in Charlton Kings. This is a well known location for this event with a long steep hill, to tackle at least once, depending on age groups. Although difficult it is a very good course, that certainly tests all who run.

We again had runners involved competing for the Cotswold and Chipping Campden Schools with the top twelve in each the Minor (Yr7), Junior (Yr 7&8), Inter (Yr 9&10) and Senior (Yr 11&12) age groups qualifying for the finals and the next four places qualifying as reserves.

In the Inter Girls Emily Field, Gabby Jones and Charlotte Foster all ran their best races to date finishing 2nd, 9th and 10th respectively. Emily did own up to having to walk a little up the steepest slope due to pushing so hard on the rest of the course but with being the youngest in the age group this year after finishing 8th last year, I am sure we can forgive her. Gabby improved on 26th last year as did Charlotte who was 16th, last year. Impressive.

Rosie Mutsaars again showed her class with a superb run for 3rd place in the senior girls, last year she was 4th in the Inter girls.

Isabel Barnett and Ella Davies have been running well in training and did well for 23rd and 37th.

Louis Mutsaars did miss a great deal of summer training due to cricket and with also moving up to the Junior boys did very well for 21st place.

We did have a few other runners taking part and will add their positions once confirmed.

Gloucestershire XC League Round 2.
Blackbridge - Gloucester.

Saturday 5th November 2016.

The second round of the Gloucestershire Cross Country League took place at Blackbridge, Gloucester on a cold but most importantly dry and sunny day. The Bourton Roadrunner Juniors were well supported by a variety of new and more experienced runners who all performed extremely well on the day.


The U11 course was quite long at around 2.5km, but was fortunately quite flat and all the runners managed it with relative ease. The U13’s ran approximately 4.3km and the 15/17’s approximately 4.3km.


U11 Girls - Results Maria Watkins (14th on her birthday), Annabella Williams (18th) Abigail Barnett (20th), Isabel Dennett (31st), Felicity Brown, (37th) and Maite Capper (38th). Team Positions 5th & 10th.


U11 Boys Results – George Quli (18th), Henry Everitt (21st), Arthur Fletcher (26th), Dougal Hamilton-Smith (31st), Dominic Luff (33rd), Edward Jones (39th), Arthur Quli (42nd), Peter Fletcher (47th), Jamie Mather 53rd  and Noah Williams (61st). Team Positions 4th, 9th and 13th.


U13 Girls Results – Helena West (16th), Isabel Barnett 25th and Nell Ash (42nd). Team Position 8th.


U13 Boys Results – Joe Tilley-Loughrey (19th), Chrstopher Hunt (24th), Connor McGuinness-Dean (26th) and Thomas Mather (39th). Team Position 7th.


U15 Girls – Emily Field ( 4th).


U15 Boys – Jake Astor (16th) and Harvey Sawyer (22nd).


U17 Girls – Rosie Mutsaars (6th),  Charlotte Foster (8th) and Gabby Jones (10th). Team Position 3rd.


Very well done to you all and Emily is getting even closer to that top three finish.

 

Other News - September & October 2016.

In September, Christopher Hunt took part in the challenging Hever Castle Triathlon, which comprised of a 200m lake swim, 5K off-road bike ride and 2K run. He had a particularly strong run, finishing 19th out of 299 for the run course. On Saturday 15th October, he competed for the South Warwickshire Schools team at the inter-area cross country race at Kineton (having previously qualified at the inter-schools event with 9th place). After a blistering start he ran a determined race, holding onto a very creditable 14th place.

Maria ran in the Warwickshire Schools Primary School Cross Country on the 15th October 2016 at Charlcote Park over approximately 1500m. Maria came and excellent 3rd in the year six girls race.

Gloucestershire XC League Round 1.
Little Rissington _ Bourton Roadrunners.

Saturday 15th October 2016.

Bourton Road Runners Juniors embarked on a new cross country season today taking part in the first round of the Gloucestershire League at a new venue kindly hosted by Norm and Alison Lane of our own club Bourton Road Runners. This was proper cross country conditions, hills, lots of twists and turns, uneven ground and fantastic competition all it lacked was lots of mud and rain but we were all please the weather was kind to us. The numbers running were one of the biggest ever.

The under 11 boys got the day of too flying start with some fine runs from Bourton. A very competitive race with the top 40 all within 2 minutes of each other.  Lysander Tarrant has come of age today with an excellent 8th and very well pushed by the ever improving George Quli just behind in 10th in fact the top 10 were all so close to each other. Good to see Charlie Astor racing again for us in a very good 20th and just behind a great battle between Sean Farley 23rd, Henry Everett 24th and Edward Jones in 25th, great packing. Arthur Fletcher as ever gave 100% in 30th and a star in the making Michael Astor in 31st. Arthur Quli was next in 35th, Dominic Luff in 39th, Peter Fletcher in 48th and Noah Williams in a fine 54th. A lot of these boys are still well under 11 so great things to follow. In the team event the boys are 2nd, 6th, 7th and 11team.

The star of the day has to be Kan Ikeda in the boys under 13 race and very happy but sad day for us all. Delighted that he won the race in style, always out in front but locked in battle for the top spot but Kan wanted it more, he has been improving week by week over the summer and he has shown hard work pays off in the end. He won in sprint finish to win by 1 second! Sad because this is his last race for our club as he and his sister (Koumi under 17) are going back home to Japan next weekend after 2 years with us. A pleasure to have known them and their parents. Louis Mutsaars is coming back to form with a fine run in 25th in this very competitive field. A god race between James Mace 27th, Jago Tarrant 28th and Connor McGuiness 29th gave us good packing again in the team race. Finnen McNiffe had a solid run in 43rd as did George Farley in 45th. In the team event the boys are 5th and 8th team.

The under 15 boys have to race with the under 17 boys on what was a very tough and demanding course. This was true test of character and both Jake Astor 15th and Harvey Sawyer 22nd really toughed it out in fine runs.

The under 11 girls were next away and they were led home by a fine run from Abigail Barnett in 22nd, Olivia McMorris is gaining in confidence every race to finish in an excellent 25th. They were well backed up by Ella Grey in 37thand Maite Capper in 39th. The girls are 9th in the team race, a good solid start to their campaign.

The under 13 girls had a good team out today on a tough course with a nasty hill half way round. But Helena West made it look easy giving as ever 110% in very good top 10 run and with plenty more to come. Lauren Farley produced the race today we knew she had in her with a fine 14th and again with more to come. Isobel is returning to her best again with a very strong 26th today and Celia Darwent makes it look easy as she glides over the tough terrine in a good 40th today. The girls are 6th team.

Emily Field was our only under 15 girl today as a number were away but what a run on the same course and distance as the boys in a fine 5th, again after a good summers training Emily is improving week by week, one to watch as the season progresses.

The under 17 girl’s race was very competitive but our girls battled very well. In her last race for us Koumi Ikeda finished on a high note in 8th position, we will miss her a lot as I am sure all her teams’ mates will including Gabby Jones in a very strong run today in 11th, as Gabby adds stamina to her natural speed she will become unstoppable soon.

A good day was had by all and thank you once again to our hosts Norm and Ali Lane.

St Andrews Primary School Fun Run. Chedworth.
Sunday 18th September 2016.

Bourton Roadrunner Juniors took part in the St Andrews Primary School Fun Run at Chedworth for the second year, with members filling 16 of the first 20 places. The course was an undulating 2.5km cross country course following predominantly farm tracks and the edge of fields, starting and finishing at Chedworth Cricket Club. There was a wide selection of prices and trophies including medals for all finishing runners.


Overall winner was Emily Field who also won the race last year, winning by over 30 seconds from the 2nd placed runner with another storming run. Joe Tilley-Loughrey was first boy home in overall 2nd position, closely followed by George Quli in third. Both boys ran strongly beating many runners older than themselves. Joe won the U13 boys prize and George the U11 boys prize including trophies for 1st and 2nd boy. Harvey Sawyer picked up the trophy for third boy overall and also won the U15 boy prize.


Trophies for the 1st three girls went to Emily overall winner and Charlotte Foster and Gabby Jones had a close battle with Charlotte coming out on top with 2nd girl overall and the U17 girl prize and Gabby taking 3rd girl overall.


Prizes were also awarded for 1st place in their age groups to Isobel Barnett (U13), Maria Watkins (U11), and Abigail Barnett (U10) with new member Olivia McMorris winning a prize for first St Andrews pupil in the Girls competition. George Quli (U11), Edward Jones (U10), and Michael Astor (U8) taking prizes in the Boys Competition. George also took the prize for 1st St Andrews pupil.


The overall positions of the Bourton Roadrunner Juniors were Emily Field (1st), Joe Tilley-Loughrey (2nd), George Quli (3rd), Charlotte Foster (4th), Harvey Sawyer (5th), Connor McGuinness-Dean (6th - 2nd U13B), Gabby Jones (7th-2nd U17G), Jamie Terroba-Taylor (9th- 3rd U11B), Isobel Barnett (10th), Abigail Barnett (11th), Lauren Farley (12th – 2nd U13G), Michael Astor (13th), Maria Watkins (14th), Edward Jones (14th), Arthur Quli (16th  - 2nd U8B),  Isabel Dennett (19th – 2nd U11G), Olivia McMorris (21st – 3rd U11G), Daisy Keen (24th – 2nd U15G), Noah Williams (33rd – 3rd U8B) and Nell Ash (47th 4th U13G).


Very well done to all our junior runners and a big thankyou to St Andrews Primary School, Chedworth and Jenni Quli for organising the Fun Run and all the lovely prizes, medals and trophies. Please come and support next year.

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Bourton One Mile Challenge.
Saturday 16th July 2016.

The Bourton One Mile Challenge took place on July 16th at 6pm. The race has grown over the years to now have become a major event and it is also part of the Gloucestershire Road Race series.


There were over 150 runners with Bourton Juniors out in force. There were two races, the county race and the fun run in perfect conditions.


In the under 15 boys county race Kan Ikeda ran with real purpose tonight and after a good season of strong results and training he showed what a good runner he has become by taking the gold medal and smashed his personal best to record 5mins 20secs, he has become a valuable member of our club and we will miss when he returns to Japan in the autumn.

Once again Chris Hunt showed what a solid and consistent performer he is with a silver medal tonight in 6mins 22seecs. He was pushed hard by the every improving Arthur Fletcher as the boys took the clean sweep as he took the bronze medal in 6mins 27secs,a personal best. His brother Peter once again pushed him very hard in a fantastic family battle to take 4th in 6mins 32
secs, a personal best. George Quli very sportingly paced his brother for the first ¾ of the race and still finished 6th with a fine sprint finish in 6mins 59secs.

In the girls under 15 county race Isabel Kiey Thomas good form continues with a fantastic run betting many rivals to take the gold medal in 5mins 37secs, a personal best, beating most of adults as well ! She was pushed very hard by Emily Field who makes it look so easy, wonderful flowing style to take a well-deserved silver medal in 5mins 38secs, a personal best. Charlotte Foster is such a determined runner as she always digs deep with a fine 5th today in 6mins 7secs. Gaby Jones who on the track is a real speed merchant showed also she has plenty of stamina with a good 7th today in 6mins 9secs, a personal best. Good to see Helena West racing well again in 8th today in a personal best of 6mins 20secs. What a good battle she had with Koumi Ikeda who was just neaten on the line into 9th in 6mins 21secs and like her brother we will be very sad when she leaves us in the autumn, she has been a great asset to our club and a very important member of the team. Isobel Barnett also had a fantastic run finishing 10th in 6mins 40secs as did her sister Abigail Barnett in12th in a personal best of 7mins 1secs and this is well as both of them running a 5k in the
morning! The girls are becoming a very strong team.

In the fun the girls dominated the top positions. Darcy Thompson held on the 2nd position well during the race as she had Isabel Dennett within touching distance for the whole race, it was a great battle but Darcy just hung on in a personal best of 7mins 5secs. Isabel could not have tried harder to claim 3rd also in a personal best of 7mins 7secs. Nell Ash is growing in confidence every race with a fine 4th today in 7mins 26secs. A very good team in the making.

The boys were out in force today as they dominated the race. What a run by Connor McGuinness- Dean as he finished 2nd beaten by a boy much older than him and an amazing time of 6 min 8secs beating many in the county race. In his first race for the club Jamie Terroda- Taylor showed what potential he has with a fine 3rd today in 6mins 30secs.  Sean Farley ran a massive personal best today of nearly 1 minute which is a huge distance in a mile race he also came 4th in 6mins 37secs. Edward Jones also dug in well to
finish 7th in a personal best of 7 mins 4secs and he just pipped George Farley in a photo finish who also had the same time in 8th also a personal best, I think George also has plenty more to come. Arthur Quli has fine running genes and he is starting to show them in a very good 9th today in 7mins 11secs. In a few years as these girls and boys get older and stronger they will all be in the top end of the county races as long as they keep training as well as they are now.

Other News for July 2016.

Kan Ikeda broke the Campden School record for the Year 7 1500M at Sports Day breaking a record held for nearly 35 years. His time was 5:12. Emily Field also won the 1500M and 800M and Gabby Jones won the 1500M in her year group.

Louis Mutsaars and Isabel Kiey Thomas represented the club in the 800 metres at the Prince of Wales Stadium at Cheltenham in an open graded meeting on the 13th July. They were both seeded in the 5th race and Louis Mutsaars came first in 2:35.46 and Isabel Kiey-Thomas came third in 2:37.89.

Norm's Family Day.
Kestrel Barn, Little Rissington. Sunday 10th July 2016.

Norman Lane ran a Family Day at Kestrel Barn in Little Rissington for Bourton Roadrunner's members. This included a Fun Run over approximately one mile followed by a relay. The adult and junior runners all ran together in the fun run and relays with all winning prizes, including trophies, sweets. There was a BBQ with tasty Burgers and Hot Dogs after the races and several members stayed on for a game of rounders afterwards.

A big thank you to Norm and his family for laying on such a great event and there is talk of another one in August.

All junior members who took part were awarded one point in the Race Champ Competition.

Sherborne Fun Run.
Sunday 26th June 2016.

This now annual event is becoming bigger and bigger on the demanding course through Sherborne Woods and this year it was also very muddy so even harder, and Bourton Juniors once again dominated the races

Dylan Williams the defending boys champion came back to defend his title, however by half way he was in 2nd making the mistake not to wear spikes slowed him up the hills, but on the run into home his natural ability came through as he seemed to change gear and hit the front in the last quarter, however he was pushed very hard all the way to win by 2 seconds and still be boys champion.

In the Under 11 boys race Joe Tilley- Loughrey is becoming a very good runner after a good winter and the rewards are now coming with a very good win today, taking a very good 3nd spot was Toby Sellek who is also now coming through the ranks well, George Farley pushed him hard to claim a very good 4th, a very good team in the making.

In the Under 10 boys race George Quli picked up his first race win today with a fine run, plenty more race wins in the future here also. Malachy Jones ran very strongly to finish on the podium in 3rd. Arthur Fletcher puts 100% effort into his running with a fine 5th today

The Under 9 race was very competitive with Sean Farley just missing out on the top spot by a runner’s vest but an excellent 2nd today. Peter Fletcher ran as determined as ever to finish very strongly in 4th and making up a very good team was Edward Jones who ran well in 6th today.

The Under 7 boys also put in a good showing today with Charlie Astor taking the top spot in a  fine run but was pushed well by the ever improving Arthur Quli in 3rd position some fine runs by all of junior boys, plenty of promise for the future as long as they keep up the training.

In the Girls race Emily Field showed how much she has improved this year by becoming the girl’s champion, in fact she led the whole race past half way with her excellent tactics; she seems to flow over the surface with very little effort, a well-deserved win. Isabel Kiey Thomas pushed Emily all the way in a well fought race her time will come very soon but an excellent 2nd today. To give the girls the clean sweep Charlotte Foster took 3rd spot, Charlotte is always very consistent and so strong. Good to see Lauran Farley running to her full potential today in a fine run, lots of potential here to finish 4th. Gabby Jones ran well today and as ever putting her all in to finish 5th today, good to see Isobel Hartley racing again after a break in a very good 6th.  Emily Williams is going from strength to strength as her fitness grows to take 7th and Helena West proberly the most determined runner in the field came in well in 8th, what a team performance, we had he top 8. Eleonore Gilbert is returning after an on-going injury battled round very well to take a very good 11th spot.

In the Under 11 girls Darcy Thompson was very close to the top spot today as she finished in 2nd today with a bit more training she will hit the top, Freya Gilbert was close behind as she also finished on the podium in a strong 3rdspot

In the Under girls 10 race Isabel Dennett hit the front from the gun and nobody could catch her as she stormed to her first race in in great style.

The same can be said for Annabella Williams with so much potential in the coming years she ran from the front to win in style in the Under 9 girl’s race.

Yet another win for the girls in the Under 8 race with a storming run from Olivia Goodwill to win in great style and well backed up by the very stylish Tilly Sellek in 5th spot.

Oxford City AC Midweek Open Graded Meeting.
25th May 2016.

All races at these graded events are seeded according to recent PBs, which gives athletes the opportunity to challenge themselves that little bit more against those of a similar ability. Isabel Kiey-Thomas was seeded into the first of two 1500m races, in a field of fifteen athletes of mixed sexes & ages. She set off strongly, leading the field for half a lap, then settled back into the pack before the end of the first lap. In the second lap the field started to spread out considerably, with Izzy maintaining 6th position. On the bell lap she moved up a gear and started closing down on those ahead of her, moving up to fifth, then eventually closing down the only girl ahead of her with a strong sprint to finish in fourth place overall, first female athlete in a time of 5.18.57, just outside her PB.

The next meeting in this series is on 22nd June.

Cheltenham Harriers also run graded meetings; these take place over four Wednesday evenings in July at the Prince of Wales Stadium, with track & field events split across these weeks. Entries are taken in advance, or on the evening of the event, the lowest age group is Under 13.

By Dani Kiey-Thomas.

Northleach 10k & Fun Run.
Sunday 22nd May 2016.

This was the first year that we have included the Northleach Fun Run in our Race Champ Competition and it will certainly be included again next year, if run. An all terrain course that starts and finishes at Northleach Primary School with a few steep climbs followed by a downhill finish, back to the school. This year the course was quite muddy in parts with Christopher Hunt loosing a shoe in a very muddy section.

There was a good showing from Bourton Roadrunner Juniors.

Emily Field & Isabel Kiey-Thomas equal 2nd (13:55). George Quli 4th (14:03). Lauren Farley 9th (15:03). Sean Farley 11th (15:55). Edward Jones 14th (16:12). Christopher Hunt 15th (16:20). George Farley 21st (16:57). Isabel Dennett 22nd (17:00). Issac Buttle 27th (17:29). Maite Capper 34th (18:19). Freya Gilbert 41st (19:09). and Arthur Quli 43rd (19:40).

114 Runners took part in the Fun Run.

 

Gloucestershire AAA Track & Field Championships.
Jubilee Track. Blackbridge. Gloucester - Sunday 15th May 2016.

The Gloucestershire AAA Track & Field Championships took place at the Jubilee Track, at Blackbridge Gloucester on Sunday 15th May 2016. The weather was good if a little windy but just the right temperature for running. To qualify for the Race Champ Competition points, the U11’s had to run in the 600 metre race and the other age groups, the 1500 metre race. Several members also took part in other events.

Although Bourton Roadrunner numbers were down on the previous year, those that ran all came away with Personal best’s, which is a great achievement.  


U11 Girls – 600 metres.
Abigail Barnett 7th 2:17. Isabel Dennett 8th 2:18 (2:20).

U11 Boys – 600 metres.
Edward Jones 8th  2:21 (2:30).


U13 Girls 1500 metres.
Helena West 3rd 5:47. Annie Tallis 4th 5:54. Isobel Barnett 5th 6:00. Nell Ash 6th 6:41.


U13 Boys 1500 metres.
Kan Ikeda 2nd 5:08 (5:24). Louis Mutsaars 4th 5:19 (5:29). Connor McGuinness-Dean 5:49 (6:12). Christopher Hunt 5:57.


U15 Girls 1500 metres.
Emily Field 4th 5:14 (5:45). Isabel Kiey-Thomas 5:17 (5:30).


U17 Girls 1500 metres
Gabby Jones 3rd 5:21 (5:40).


Times in brackets, last years times.


Koumi Ikeda ran in the 3000 metres the night before managing 3rd U17 girl in 12:08. Josephine Mutsaars 7th in 2:39 in the U15 girls, 800 metre race. Annie Tallis recorded 0:15:01 in the U13 girls 100 metre race managing an excellent 2nd. Gabby Jones and Koumi Ikeda also took part in the Long Jump managing 4.01 metres and 3.39 metres managing 3rd and 4th place in the U17 competition.
Maria Watkins also took part in the Warwickshire Competition on the same day at Leicester and did extremely well to come 2nd in the U11’s 600 metre competition.  

1 Mile Fun Run & 4k Cross Country County Race.
Plock Court- Saturday 19th March 2016.

On Saturday 19th March 2015 the Severn 4k Cross Country County Championships took place at Plock Court Gloucester.

Before though a junior’s race took place, this is good experience for our juniors as they prepare to move up to the youth/adult races. Once again Bourton dominated the races. In the Under 13 boys event  Harvey Sawyer went out hard from the gun but Connor McGuinness – Dean slowly wound him back and at the half way point moved into the lead and slowly opened up a good gap , but Harvey did not give up and he slowly recovered his form and clawed his way back and in the finishing straight found some more energy and just managed to pip Connor on the line to win the race , a very exiting race and as one spectator said it was “ more exacting than the Grand National”, well done to both of them and it was heard under Connors breath “ I will get him next time”. Racing machine Chris Hunt won the Under 11 boys race well in a fine run. Arthur Quli pushed him hard to take 2nd spot, plenty more to come here and they were well backed up by William Cartlidge in 4th he has fine running pedigree in the family.

In the girls Under 11 race Isabel Dennett led from the start and gave a master class in front running, she did not panic but controlled the race from the front to take her first race win and I am sure there will be plenty more to follow. She was pressed hard by Celia Darwent who was always in touching distance and took a very good 2nd spot, lots of race wins here also to follow.

In the county race some of the juniors moved up to the adult’s race and all coped very well with the longer distance and stronger competition. In the ladies race Issy Kiey Thomas is growing in experience and strength and this showed today as she won the Under 17 County Gold Medal and was also part of the Ladies Gold Medal Team. Also good to see Gaby Jones returning to form after illness to win the Silver under 17 Medal and also be part of the Ladies Gold Medal Team.

It was good to see Daniel Bufton back racing again between his football commitments to take the Gold under 17 Medal and this was despite shoe problems and cramp he was also part of the Men’s Gold Medal Team.

Gloucestershire Primary Schools Cross Country Championships.
Newent- Saturday 19th March 2016.

The Primary School Cross Country Championships took place at Newent School over a very good undulating course of approximately 1.8km. Nine different regions, run their own district Championships to make a team of their twelve best runners to compete for their region, in the finals.

Chris Hartley, one of the Bourton Roadrunner's leaders again managed the North Cotswold team which also included several Bourton Roadrunner Juniors who managed to be selected from the North Cotswold District Championships in February at Moreton Fire College.

In the U11 girls competition Abigail Barnett and Jasmine Gabriel ran extremely well for 16th and 38th respectively, out of a total of 90 runners, helping the North Cotswolds team to 5th place overall.

The U11 boys did extremely well with a superb 3rd place overall and Bronze Medals for all in the team with very good performances by Beau Griffin 9th, Joe Davidson 13th, Joe Tilley-Loughrey 27th, Lysander Tarrant, George Quli 30th, Toby Sellek 59th and Charlie Phipps 67th.

Well done to you all.

Also a big thank you to the oraniser's as a great course and extremely well run and a big thank you to Di Clarke.

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Cross Country Inter-Counties Championships 2016.
Birmingham- Saturday 12th March 2016.

The Inter Counties took place again at Cofton Park over a very demanding, undulating course with the best runners from each county, competing against each other. Runners are selected from each county based on their performances for their county, although many are chosen from each counties cross country Championships that usually takes place in January.

Several members ran well at the Gloucestershire County Championships at Coleford in December and were then picked to run for Gloucestershire team at Birmingham.

In the U13's girls Isabel Kiey-Thomas and Lauren Farley who had a late call up, ran extremely well as this was their first time running this event and with over three hundred runners in the race, was a very new experience for both. Isabel who has had a great season again ran well with an excellent 178th place. Lauren who has been suffering most of the season with injury but has shown glimpses of what she is capable of, did well for 289th.

Kan Ikeda had been performing extremely well all season until he twisted his ankle, playing football a few weeks before the competition and it was not certain if he could run. His ankle improved and he decided to run and started towards the back of the field, but after finding no major discomfort gradually moved up through the field to finish a very respectable 239th out of 311 runner's in the U13 boys competition.

Kan's sister Koumi ran for the second year, but this time in the U15 girl's race and did well for 282nd.

Its great to see Rosie enjoying her running again and showing her true potential with an excellent 150th place in the U17 girls.

Bourton Roadrunner Juniors 2015 Awards Presentation.
Leisure Centre - Tuesday 23rd February 2016.

Previously the Junior Awards Presention took place just before Christmas but as now many of the awards are now based on attendance and race results, we decided it was better to run the results from January to December annually, than December to November, as in previous years.

Norman Lane, President and original founder of the Club presented the Awards at the Leisure Centre.

The Athlete of the Year a Athlete of the Year Runner Up Trophies were given to the members who accumulated the most points based on, improvements in performance from the current year, compared to the previous year, over four different periods. Attendance on Tuesday night training sessions and supporting the club in races.

The boy and the girl with the highest number of points won the Athlete of the Year Trophy.

This years winners were Emily Field and Christopher Hunt.

The runners up were;  Isobel Kiey-Thomas, Kan Ikeda, Annabella Williams, Arthur Fletcher, Dylan Williams, George Quli, Isobel Barnett, Lauren Farley, Abigail Barnett, Beau Griffin, Helena West, Lysander Tarrant, Charlotte Foster, Gabby Jones, Sean Farley, Peter Fletcher and Isabel Dennett. 

A decision was made for the Jack Oaky Trophy to be presented to the member with the highest number of points who had not previously won the Trophy before. Norman Lane who knew Jack well mentioned that Jack liked to give out awards when somebody did well, but seldom gave it to the same person twice, prefering to share between all, if they did well. We decided that we wanted to continue this tradition in his memory. Chris Hunt had won the trophy before and Louis Mutsaars who had worked extremely hard all season and was the member with the second highest number of points this year was a worthy winner.

Our final presentation was for the Race Champ Competition. Points are given to selected races throughout the year with the number of points given, based on the importance of the race. Members can put races forward for consideration but they must be suitable for all junior age groups. All Gloucestershire Cross Country League Races are included as it the Country Champs (All Counties). We also try to include local Fun Run's that are suitable.

This years winners were; Emily Field, Kan Ikeda, Christopher Hunt, Gabby Jones, Louis Mutsaars, Koumi Ikeda, Edward Jones, Isabel Dennett, Abigail Barnett, Isabel Kiey-Thomas, Isobel Barnett, Toby Sellek, Helena West, George Quli, Annabella Tallis, Rosie Mutsaars, Annabella Williams, Sean Farley, Arthur Fletcher and Peter Fletcher.

Well done to all winners and a big thank you to Norman Lane for presenting the Trophies and a big thank you to the Leisure Centre for allowing us to use the venue.

Gloucestershire Cross Country League - Round 4
Warwick University- Saturday 20th February 2016.

The final round of the Gloucestershire Cross Country League took place at Warwick University  near Kenilworth on Saturday 20th February. This was the first time the venue was used and the course was undulating and quite demanding with several tough climbs.
On the day, the club  was missing several  of its quicker runners through  illness or injury,  and were a little worried whether the team’s could hold on to the positions they we were in, going in to the final round. The U11 boys and U13 boys were in 3rd place and the U13 girls were in 2nd place.


Those who ran on the day did extremely well and not only did they hold on the positions, but the U11 girls actually came first on the day, moving up to third place overall. Abigail Barnett was our first runner home in 5th place with one of her best runs to date. At only 9 years old and with another two years in this age group , somebody certainly to watch for the future. She was well supported by the improving Maria Watkins in 9th place and Celia Darwent in 15th place. The U11 girls were also well supported by Freya Gilbert 20th, Nell Ash 21st, Isabel Dennett 27th and Tilly Sellek 30th.


The U11 boys were missing several of their quicker runners and were certainly at risk of missing out on the team’s current  third place. George Quli ran extremely well for 11th place followed by two of our younger runners, with Sean Farley in 23rd and Edward Jones in 25th place.  Sean and Edward are both only 8 years old and even George has another year in this age group, impressive. These runners were well supported by Arthur Fletcher 27th, Arthur Quli 34th and Peter Fletcher 36th. With Arthur Quli up to until a few days before, just 6 years old and Peter only 8 years old, these younger runners are certainly an exciting prospect for next years U11 competition.  They held on to third place overall.


With the U13 girls in  2nd place they would certainly have to run well on the day to hold on to this excellent position. They all did extremely well on the day with Isabel Kiey-Thomas 7th, Helena West 14th, Lauren Farley 17th,   and Isobel Barnett 23rd . The team managed a very good  3rd on the day but more importantly, held on to 2nd in the overall competition.


With Kan Ikeda missing through injury and with the worry of getting a team of three runners out on the day, the U13’s boys current third place overall was certainly in jeopardy. Louis Mutsaars led the team home in 9th with Harvey Sawyer  and Johnny Walling running well for 18th and 19th. They managed 4th on the day but still held onto 3rd overall.


With Emily Field missing through illness and Koumi Ikeda also missing the U15 Girls were unable to field a team on the day, but improving Gabby Jones ran well on the day for 10th and Charlotte Foster was doing well until she had to pull out with an injury. With the U15 girls managing to put out teams in only two of the four races, they did not qualify for a team finish.


Rosie Mutsaars is certainly enjoying her racing again and this showed with a superb 2nd place on the day moving her up to 3rd overall and an Individual Bronze Medal in the U17 girls competition.

North Cotswold Primary School District Championships.
Fire College, Moreton-in-Marsh- Wednesday 10th February 2016.

The Gloucestershire Primary Schools North Cotswolds District Cross Championships took place at Moreton Fire College as in previous years on Wednesday 10th February. The course was relatively flat and approximately 1500 metres long. After all the recent heavy rain, there were a few boggy areas that made the going tough, especially those not using spikes.

The top twelve runners in the girls and the boys race all qualify to race for the North Cotswolds team  in the Gloucestershire Primary Schools County Championships at Newent in March. The next four runner's qualify as reserves. There is always strong Competition in the finals from the other regions, with the top three individuals and teams in each race winning medals. Chris Hartley will again be the North Cotswolds manager.

Again there was a strong showing from the Bourton Roadrunner Juniors with Abigail Barnett and Beau Griffin both running extremely well for 2nd place. Even more impressive is that Abigail is still only year 4 and Beau is only year 5. Joe Tilley-Loughrey 3rd, Joseph Davidson 6th, Lysander Tarrant 7th, Charlie Phipp 10th and Toby Sellek 11th all qualify to run in the team with Freya Gilbert, George Quli and Finley Davies qualifying  as reserves. 

Sophie Finlay 22nd, Isabel Dennett 25th, Nell Ash 27th  and Tilly Sellek, still only 7 years old  came 52nd in the girls race.
Alfie Griffin 17th, Max Ramsay 18th, Will Tallis 35th, George Farley 36th, Sean Farley 44th, Oliver Allport 48th, Arthur Fletcher 49th, Edward Jones 54th, and Peter Fletcher came 96th  in the boys race.

All the runners did extremely well with several suffering or recovering from the many cold's going around. Always a problem at this time of year.

South West Inter-Counties Schools Cross Country Championships.
Pitville, Cheltenham- Saturday 6th February 2016.

Luckily the Schools South West Finals took place at Pitville in Cheltenham, almost our home course as many of our runners know the course well from the Gloucestershire Cross Country League. It also saved a long drive to the likes of Cornwall, Devon or Somerset where this event can take place.

Unfortunately the weather was awful with high winds and heavy rain and with the amount of rain we have already had, some of the course was underwater and much of the course resembled a building site with thick mud everywhere, which got worse with every race.

Due to the weather conditions, the numbers were down with only the bravest, most committed runners taking part. The going was extremely tough.

All our runners who took part did extremely well with Lauren Farley managing 61st in the Minor Girls, Rosie Mutsaars 32nd in the Intermediate girls and Kan Ikeda 10th in the Minor Boys helping Gloucestershire Schools take 2nd place in the Competition.

British Athletics Cross Challenge.
Cardiff - 24th January 2016.

Several members from the club ran for Gloucestershire Schools at Cardiff in the British Athletics Cross Challenge on the 24th January. Gloucestershire Schools use the race as a warmup for the Schools South West Finals that this year takes place at Pitville, Cheltenham in February.

Lauren Farley came 50th in the U13 girls. Isabel Kiey Thomas, 37th in the U15 girls. Rosie Mutsaars, 19th in the U17 girls and Kan Ikeda, 21st, in the U13 boys.

In each of the races, there is also a Schools Competition and Kan Ikeda did extremely well in this, with a well deserved 2nd place and individual silver medal and helping the Gloucestershire team to 1st place and Gold medals.

 

Gloucestershire Cross Country Championships
Lakers School, Coleford - Saturday 9th January 2016.

The Gloucestershire Cross Country County Championships took place at Lakers School near Coleford in the Forest of Dean for the second year, on Saturday 9th January.  The course again included a challenging section in the Forest that certainly made the distances run feel a lot longer. With all the recent rain the course very demanding with much of the course being very muddy, especially for those in the later races.


The forecast was not good but the weather stayed dry for the U11 and U13 races but the heavens opened up with heavy rain and hail, there after. It was certainly tough going for the U15’s and U17’s.


County Medals were up for grabs for the top three individuals and teams and the top six finishers in each race were guaranteed places to run for Gloucestershire in the Inter Counties at Birmingham in March. 


Bourton Roadrunner Junior results were as follows:


U11 Girls – 8th Abigail Barnett, 10th Maria Watkins, 15th Annabella Williams and 23rd Celia Darwent.


U11 Boys – 5th Joseph Davidson, 14th George Quli, 19th Christopher Hunt, 29th Sean Farley, 31st George Farley, 35th Edward Jones and 37th Arthur Quli.


U13 Girls – 11th Isabel Kiey-Thomas, 14th Lauren Farley, 19th Helena West, 23rd Isobel Barnett and 29th Annie Tallis.


U13 Boys – 9th Kan Ikeda, 25th James Mace, 27th Connor McGuinness-Dean and 29th Harvey Sawyer.


U15 Girls - 7th Koumi Ikeda, 12th Emily Field and 16th Gabby Jones.


U17 Girls -  4th Rosie Mutsaars.


With the first three runners for each club making up a team the U15 girls and the U11, boys and girls all took third place and Bronze medals The U13 girls just missed out in 4th place and the U13 boys managed 6th.

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