Junior XC 2nd/3rd November

Contributed by Caroline Buck

It has been another good weekend for those children who were out racing the Gloucester and Oxford cross country leagues.   

On Saturday it was a rather blustery and drizzly day at Pittville Park but it did not dampen the day and the determination of our young runners.  Our first race was the under 11 boys.  Thomas Rowland sprinted off with two other race leaders in what was a very fast start.   Trying to chase Tom down was his brother, Harvey and fellow teammate Luke Buck who were holding their own within the chasing group.  Behind the second group the rest of the field were pushing hard.  In this group we saw the 4th member of the team, 8 year old Sam Alcott with a determined look on his face and working extremely hard.   The battle was still going on up front and Tom pushed so hard he collapsed over the line to come in a magnificent 3rd place.  He was closely followed by Luke in 8th position and Harvey in 10th.   Sam came in strongly in 58th place.  The under 11 boys were placed 1st team in this race which is a fantastic result as we only had one team compared to 5 by some other clubs!!  Keep up the work boys!

In the Under 13 boys, Simon Crew ran in a very fast and competitive race.  Simon showed his grit and determination yet again and finished in a very credible 22nd place.  Whilst brother Matthew Crew worked hard in the Under 17 boys and his talent and hard work took him through to finish in 5th position.  

The under 11 girls saw 8 year old Phoebe Matthews out competing for the second time for Cirencester.  Phoebe knew what tactics to employ, start steady, and pick them off slowly!  This she did!  Starting toward the back and working her way up, young Phoebe came in mid way in 34th position.  Well done!

I was delighted that one of our newest members, Lauren Izon, turned out for the U13 girls’ race.   Lauren worked extremely hard and showed real determination throughout the race and came in a credible 20th position out of a field of 60!  

The person who has to have a very special mention for running Saturday is 14 year old, Emma O’Connor.  Emma, who has only just turned 14, competed in the Under 15s but this is run in conjunction with under 17s.  It was over double the distance she is used to and a very very fast race.  Emma started at the back but showed so much determination to complete the course in what was a very tough race to finish in 18th position.  Fantastic!

NB:  Well done and thank you to Ellen Foster, (who ran 1st claim for Cheltenham on Saturday – 13th position) who stayed and supported fellow members of Cirencester when her race had finished. Thank you.

Ascott Under Wychwood
From my sources….. Another good day for the juniors!  Kirsten Powell, youngest runner out today, came 25th in the Under 9s.  Ellen Foster, out running in Cirencester colours today came in 8th position in the U13 girls.  A fantastic result after racing the previous day.  
Whilst brothers Simon and Matthew Crew, also racing for a second day, showed their talent with Simon 11th position in the U13 boys and Matt in 6th position in U17s.
Also running in the U13 boys were Isaac Powell (28th) and James Edwards(13th).  This gave the Under 13 boys 6th team place.  Well Done.

New club member Denholm Jewell came in a very credible 19th place in the Under 15 boys.  

Team mates, Kirsty Roberts and Jessica Lindsay competed in the Under 15 girls and Kirsty took 13th place and Jessica 34th.

Congratulations and well done to all those juniors who took part in the races and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.