Eastern Counties Cross Country Championships
West Suffolk AC entered 2 teams and 1 part team into the Eastern Cross Country Championships held at Chantry Park Ipswich on Saturday 17th of November. The course was testing and the conditions were clement everything was set for a good cross country championships.
In the first race, the under 13 girls, our team consisted of Amelie Taylor, Eva Marshall, Phoebe Harper-Davis and Zoe Jones. As the race unfolded our team moved up the field, with 200m to go Amelie Taylor moved into second place overall, our second place runner Eva Marshall finished strongly, Phoebe Harper-Davis had a really good race moving through the field to become our third place runner. Zoe Jones ran a solid first race for the club finishing well and looks like she will be really good addition to this new team, their combined effort was rewarded with team silver
Next to go, the under 13 boys, in which we entered a team of 5 Tom Taylor, Archie Taylor, Jacob Trangmar, Rowan Shearer and Cian Dear. The race started well the boys packing the top half of the group and running strongly. As the race unfolded they managed to maintain their position in the top half of the lead group. Tom Taylor finished first for our team in 4th place, Archie Taylor finished in 5th, Jacob Trangmar finished in 7th place and Rowan Shearer finished in 8th place giving us four out of five in the top ten. Cian Dear running in his first race for the club finished in 19th place a really good effort enabling this team to win the team gold and take home the Trophy.
In The under 15 girls we had two runners, Sophie Allen and Lila Battell. Sophie Allen finished first of two, even after participating in two cross country races earlier in the week. Lila ran on strongly though not feeling at her best, both finished in the top 10 of the race and with better preparation will improve next time. Nearly all the runners are bottom of their age groups and will be even stronger next year.
The Club also had one Senior Womens runner with Christine Anthony who finished 6th overall and 2nd in the V45 age group.