Strong running from Loughborough Men’s Under 20’s team (freshers JOE ARTHUR 9:03, on the slightly shorter first leg, and TERRY FAWDEN 9.33, plus an excellent anchor leg from 2nd year student ARCHIE WALTON 8.55) earned victory by just 3 secs in the prestigious National XC Relays at Mansfield. This followed an exciting last leg battle against Tonbridge AC, for whom another Loughborough fresher ALI KINLOCH had contributed a strong opening leg of 9.16. In addition, Walton’s time was the third best individual performance in the Under20’s overall.
Clear, and mightily impressive, leader at the end of the Under 20’s first leg was another Loughborough fresher BEN DIJKSTRA (representing his home club Leicester Coritanian) in 8:mins 43 secs, a run bettered by only one other athlete on the day in this Championship event.
Also at Mansfield PATRICK DEVER, representing his home club Preston dominated the opening leg in the Senior Championship with 15.22, which turned out to be equal best individual performance of the day, with alumini Lewis Moses only a second behind. Loughborough team were a man short in the Senior Men’s race but JAMIE WILLIAMSON was well to the fore on the first leg, and Loughborough captain GEORGE DUGGAN was the very effective lead-off runner for eventual team gold winners Tonbridge AC.
Senior Relay First leg runs (7-10 secs shorter than following legs) – Pat DEVER 15.22, Lewis Moses 15,23, JOE WILKINSON 15.33, GEORGE DUGGAN 15.38, JORDAN ROWE 15.39, Jamie WILLIAMSON 15.41, WILL FULLER 15.57, Jamie Knapp 16.03, Rob Warner 16.11, George Lowry 16.37, David Rigby 16.55, Alex Goodall 17.12, Steve Mears 17.24, Callum Crawford 17.33)
Other legs in Senior Relay included : JAYME ROSSITER 15.58, DOM BROWN 16.00, Alex Wall-Clarke 16.17, Alex Wall-Clarke 16.17, DAVID SHELDON 16.27, HARRY LANE 16.49, SEB ANTHONY 16.50, Mike Sawrey 16.51, KIERAN WYE 17.20, WILL MEAD 17.51, RHYS FRANCIS 18.12, Andy Tarry 18.48
In the Women’s senior team championships JESS JUDD (9.49) running for her home club Chelmsford AC ran the 4th best leg in the Senior Women’s Championship, while other Loughborough athletes running for home clubs included: Jacqui Fairchild (Preston) 10.01, Stevie Stockton (for silver medalists Leeds City) 10.17, ABBIE DONNELLY 10.24, Georgie Hartigan (Birchfield B) 10.30, Heather Timmins (TVH) 10.40, Megan Steer (St Albans) 11.13, Becky Berger North (Nottm Uni) 11.17, Kirsty Addy (TVH) 11.19, Kate Lomas (11.26), and Estelle Damant (Ranleigh) 11.48.
Strong runs from Loughborough team athletes Danielle Webb (9.21) and 8th best individual overall in this event Alex Barbour (8.49) were pressing strongly in 6th place after 2 legs, but, due to injury to 3rd team entry and a reserve, no athlete was available to chase the top placings on the final leg.