COSARC JUNIORS STORM TO VICTORY
Inter Club Quad Competition
The weather was great as CoSARC’s juniors got to experience what it was like to compete against fellow athletes when they travelled to Marlborough to do battle with Swindon, Marlborough juniors and Lavington Athletics. The squad competed in the 100m, Long Jump, Vortex Throw and 800m. Points were awarded for distance and time, with the quickest and furthest gaining the most points.
In the U13 Girls Emily Bryant was 1st, and Bethany Denbury 2nd, with Imogen Latter acquitting herself very well.
In the U13 Boys the squad of six were led home by Freddie Bosworth in 1st place, Noah McKay in 3rd place and superbly supported by Leslie Walsh-Evans, Jayden Main, Ashton Main and Charlie Sutton.
In the U15 Girls four of the top five places went to CoSARCians Sophie Hayakawa in 1st, Esme White in 3rd, with great performances by Sophie Wood and Sophie Buck.
In the U15 Boys new member George Sutton flew the flag for CoSARC, and finished 3rd.
There were excellent performances all round from the entire squad.
Alton 10 Mile
The Alton 10 Mile race was run on one of the hottest mornings this year on a tough, undulating course. Everyone agreed the race was well organised by Alton Runners and that the marshalling was great, plentiful and friendly/helpful.
Finishing times were : Peter Callanan 1:02:15 PB, Reece Ingram 1:05:38, Michael Brewster 1:08:25, Ollie Stone 1:09:21, Charlotte Ingram 1:11:04 1st in age 7th lady, Jason Bennett 1:11:06, John Roberts 1:14:14 PB 2 mins, Sarah Brewster 1:15:27 2nd in age, Joe Cunningham 1:21:34, Heather Hitchens 1:25:41, Jo Marks 1:38:21.
Hampshire Road Race League
With only two races left all eight CoSARC teams are doing very well, with three of the teams topping their respective divisions. The next race is the Netley 10K on Sunday 15 May.
Best CoSARC individual standings after 8 out of 10 races :
Men’s Individual 1st Ben Saunby on 99.4 points. Marginally ahead by 0.2 points.
Ladies Individual 9th Charlotte Ingram 94.1 points. Only 5.5 points off 1st place.
With two races to go the current team standings are :
‘A’ - ‘A’ Division 1. 2nd place.
‘B’ - ‘B’ Division 1. 1st place.
‘C’ - ‘B’ Division 2. 1st place.
‘D’ - ‘B’ Division 2. 4th place.
‘A’ - ‘A’ Division 1. 3rd place.
‘B’ - ‘B’ Division 1. 1st place.
‘C’ - ‘B’ Division 1. 6th place.
‘D’ - ‘B’ Division 2. 2nd place.
Thames Path 100 Mile Race
The TP100 is a 100 mile continuous trail race along the Thames Path from London to Oxford. Total Climb - 1,900 feet.
On arrival at the Race HQ all the runners were told that due to work on the Thames Path by the Environment Agency the route had to be extended by 1.4 miles.
The mens race was a high quality field of nearly 400 runners, many of whom regularly tackle ultra races.
Craig Weatherburn had double trouble when he smashed his right foot into a root at 70 miles, causing him to take a tumble. Barely half a mile later he sprained his ankle on a rock. And the finish line was still 30 miles away !!! He soldiered on with great fortitude and determination to finish within 24 hours, which Craig did with over 18 minutes to spare.
Craig's finishing time was 23:41:51, placed 111 out of 375 starters.
A surprisingly cool morning, punctuated with light drizzle, led to ideal running conditions for nearly 350 runners, walkers and plodders. They were supported by a hardy team of 30 volunteers, led by Race Director Petra Oyston. A number of CoSARC members ran hard and fast to record PBs. They were :
Matthew Gervais 18:24
Paul Downie 20:11
Kieran McManus 20:33
Paul Woodhouse 23:11
Churchill Gardens Junior Parkrun
On a hot Sunday morning 132 young runners, ably supported by enthusiastic family and friends, scorched around the 2km course. They were helped by 23 keen volunteers, including a number who were doing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Olivia Barnett was on sizzling form as she hurtled to a PB in 07:58.
The Westbury 5K was the first of a series of three races, and was run round three laps of the Westbury Industrial Estate. The runners praised the organisers for a really well organised and friendly event. Harry Smith ran a blinder, and was rewarded for his efforts by winning in 14:44:60, nearly one minute ahead of his nearest rival. Not far behind were his club colleagues Anton Weatherhead 15:49:60 4th, Lee Syrett 17:24:80 14th, James Mills 17:49:80 19th.