There was a definite post holiday feeling to Sunday morning, with a dull grey sky and chilly, damp conditions. However, our athletes rose to the challenge with a great turnout, particularly from the boys. Spectators took up their positions along the last 100m – a view which gives the unusual opportunity to watch part of the races through a sparse hedge.
Tillie was the lone representative on the line for the U9s, putting in a spirited performance. Georgie and Juliet were next for the U11 girls, with Juliet just edging an exciting battle to be first Witney girl home. Rhys led the U11 boys in, with Thomas, Samuel, Jack and Embry following him home within a minute, and Louis close on their heels.
Being the county champs, an extra 400m was added for the U13 categories, giving a hard uphill finish. Ellie showed no signs of letting her recently broken foot affect her performance as she finished in 12th place for Witney. Macy was just behind her, a little way ahead of Bethany, with Skye and Isla showing determination to complete the team.
Eight U13 boys completed the course, Will finishing first for Witney in 8th place. Glenn was just five places behind, and then they were coming through thick and fast: Lewis, Charlie E, Calum and Charlie H, followed by Tom and Jacob finding enough in reserve for a sprint finish.
Well done to Anna and Paige, who ran excellent races in their first outing in a Witney Roadrunners vest.
Harriet and Grace, U17 and U15 respectively, finished proceedings for the Witney Juniors. Well done all round – a great effort.
Please see below link to results.
All teams crept up the league, with team standings after three events as follows:
U13 Girls – 8th , U13 Boys – 4th, U15 / U17 Girls – 9th