Race report by Jo Homer

There was some great racing at a new venue for the 4th WMYACCL race at Walsall Arboretum on the 16th January.  The race was jointly organised by RSCAC and Birchfield bringing lots of volunteers from both clubs to help support the race. The weather was kind to the organisers, volunteers and athletes and enabled many of our athletes to have fantastic runs with some great top 10 finishes.

The under 17 girls kicked off the event with Sian Duval finishing with a great 2nd place, closely followed by Bethan Homer in 3rd.  Supported by another good run from Beatrix Whistance in 14th, the team were 2nd on the day and currently in 1st place over the 4 races.

Under 11 boys saw a close-run battle with Will Seager taking the win again.  This makes 4 wins out of four and has secured Will first overall across the league races.  Yuvan Sidhu ran a very gutsy race to finish in 10th place.  The under 11 boys are over 100 points clear of the next best placed team across all the races so far.

The under 17 boys saw 2 athletes achieve top 10 places.  George O’Connor worked his way up the field to finish in 3rd with George Hope the next best finisher in 6th place.  Again, RSCAC are overall in first team position for this age group across the 4 races.

The Under 11 girls Isla Daly was in 10th place just edging out Sophia Potocka who was 11th with the same time for the course of 06.47.  Another impressive win for the girls who were best team on the day and overall.

The under 15 saw Will Stead returning his best performance of the season so far in 15th. The under 13 girls were closely packed with Willow McCarthy-Brown first back closely followed by her teammates.  Christian Neal was in first position for the club for the under 13 boys.  Both under 13 boys and girls teams are currently in 4th club position over the races so far.

In the under 15 girls the first finisher for RSCAC was Francesca Allen in 16th place.

Overall RSCAC were the 2nd best team on the day and currently are 2nd best team with all to place for at the last race at Nuneaton on the 20th February.

Again thanks for all the volunteers who helped set up the course and marshal on the day.

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