Here’s Margaret’s report from the Midland Championships:
Some of Royal Sutton Coldfield’s top athletes were in action at the weekend in the Midland Championships staged at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough. The course was a true test of endurance with a stiff headwind over the first half of the course.
Pick of the races was the under 20 Women’s event and star of the show was Georgia Curry. Never out of the top three she ran a tactically mature race, shadowing the early pace-maker, only conceding top spot in the final fifty metres. A silver medal should secure her selection for the Home Countries International to be held in Wales in March. Completing the line-up were Georgia Delaney in 22nd and Emily Campion in 24th and they were rewarded with bronze team medals. Ellen Humpherston was Sutton’s sole representative in the under 17 women’s race which was run in conjunction with the under 20’s. Ellen has another year in this age group and was pleased to finish in 14th.
The under 20 men’s race was a high quality event. Shaun Evans had a good race and sat in on the early pace but couldn’t quite hold on to the leaders and finished a creditable 4th. Alex Jones ran strongly, crossing the line in 17th and Alex Blackham, having his first outing of the season, ran well in 24th.
The under 17 men’s race saw Tom Parkes cross the line in 43rd and Ben Horton in 47th.
The senior men’s race was over a gruelling nine miles and Sutton had two representatives. Joe Spruce had a great race to finish 64th with Tom Chew in 134th.