YDL Coventry 18th April
Posted Monday 20 April 2015
It was a great start to the season for Halesowen Athletics Club under 17 and under 20’s as they took part in their first competition of four in the UK Youth Development League (Midland North/East Region) at the weekend in Coventry.
After last year’s promotion it was going to be tough competing against the higher ranked clubs of Coventry, Leicester, Telford, Charnwood, Solihull and Small Heath Clubs but Halesowen came out with a comfortable win.
This was helped greatly by a number of excellent performances from club members, some of whom had recently moved up to the under 17 age group but who also took part in some of the under 20 competition. In the under 20 100m sprints 15 year old Josie Oliarnyk saw off 17 and 18 year olds to take first place in 12.6s. Josie also won the under 20 200m in 25.5s in addition to the under 20 long jump with a jump of 5.45m.
14 year old Livvy Worth also stepped up to compete in the under 20 competition, winning the 800m in 2.30.9, winning the under 20 triple jump with a PB leap of 9.78m as well as being part of the under 20’s winning 4 x 400m team.
There were a number of first places claimed by Halesowen athletes who included Katrina Simpson with a clear lead in the under 17 800m taking the win in 2.23.4 and who also went on to win the under 17 high jump 3 cm clear of 2nd place with a jump of 1.56m.
In other under 17 competitions Charles Hilliard won the men’s 200m in 22.8s, Lee Wright won the discus with a 3m clear lead of 36.81m, Chloe Chapman took first place in the 300m B race in 42.1s, Millie Clarke won the 300m hurdles B race in 58.7s, Chloe Fitzpatrick won the 1500m B race in 5.42.1, Lily Higgins claimed a PB in the 1500m steeplechase, winning in 5.45.7 and finally the ladies 4 x 300m relay claimed the win with a PB of 3.01.7.
The under 20’s accomplished further wins for the club through Alex Bartlett who won the women’s 200m race in 27.8s. She also won the 400m B race with a time of 63.0s. Hannah Sharkey won the A race in 60.5 (PB). Martha Payne completed the 3000m in 13.09.4 to take the win. Beth Sharkey won the 1500m steeplechase in 6.31.8 and also the triple jump B competition with a leap of 9.21m. Martha Payne won the 3000m in 13.09.4 and the 4 x 400m ladies team won with a time of 4.27.1. For the under 20 men Joshua Timmins won the 1500m in 4.24.8 with Peter Dear winning the B race in 4.52.9. Niall Geraghty won the 2000m steeplechase in 8.24.2 with Sam Efiong winning the B race and who was also awarded the time of 8.24.2. Matthew Billington threw a PB of 7.63m in the Shot Putt and finally the 4 x 400m team ran a PB of 3.36.1.
Sainsbury’s Grand Prix held on Saturday 21 February at the Barclaycard Arena
Posted Monday 23 February 2015
Halesowen junior sprint athletes took part in the British Athletics’ Club Connect Competition this weekend. The event was part of the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix which saw Mo Farah break the 2 mile world record in 8.03.40. It saw a host of top athletes compete including Greg Rutherford, Jenny Meadows, Katarina Johnson Thompson, Kim Collins and Nigel Levine to name but a few. The Club Connect competition kicked off the main event with clubs who had been invited to take part: Birchfield, Rugby and Northants, Solihull and Small Heath, Cheltenham, Royal Sutton Coldfield and Halesowen with Dominic McNeillis as team manager and coach and it was Halesowen who came out on top bringing back to the club prize money of £1000. The competition took the form of 4 x 200m relays with Halesowen winning the under 15 boys race 1.39.48, the under 13 boys race (1.59.35), the under 17 women’s race (1.45.30) and the under 13 girls race (2.06.20). To complete the results the under 15 girls placed 2nd in their race in 1.52.33 and the under 17 men took 3rd in their race in 1.34.58. It was a fantastic opportunity for Halesowen’s junior athletes to be part of such a prestigious event – what a great way to kick off the track season! Click here for the Flickr album of some of the pictures of our teams
West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League 2014/15 Season
Posted 20 February 2015
The final fixture of the West Midlands Cross Country League took place on Sunday 15th February at Perry Park, Birmingham and saw Halesowen Athletics Club finish 3rd across the series out of the 20 clubs that took part. Across the 5 fixtures there had been some incredible results for the club which included under 11 boys athlete Sam Mannings winning 4 out of 5 of the races, finishing top of the table over the season in his category with another Halesowen athlete, Sam Mannings finishing 2nd overall. As a team (also consisting of Joss Camden, Lewis Mallard, Daniel Hindle, Spenser Bradley, Matthew Fletcher, Boden-James Ferreira, Jack Basterfield, Sonny McCartan, Charlie Weston, Ben Godfrey, Ben Wright and Harrison Hartland) they finished 2nd overall. More to 10 successes across the series came through Orla Walker finishing 10th in the under 13 girls competition and Josh Timmins placed 4th in the under 17 men’s competition. The under 15 girls came away with a bundle of medals, winning the team competition with 4 of the girls finishing in the top 10. Abigail Saker placed 2nd, Lily Higgins 4th, Katrina Simpson 7th and Livvy Worth 9th.
Photographs by Lawrence Fowler.
West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League
Posted 20 January 2015
The 4th round of the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League was held on Sunday 18th January in Burbage Common in Leicestershire. A flat course provided a fast race but athletes still had to work hard navigating mud (which took a number of athletes trainers) and frozen ground where the sun hadn’t managed to reach. The under 11 boys race provided great drama as Halesowen’s Sam Mannings beat Ben Edwards from Tamworth by 1 second to take the win with Max Price taking 3rd for the club, just one more second behind. Another top 10 placing for the club came from Joss Camden who took 8th. First in for the Halesowen in the under 17 men’s race was Joshua Timmins who placed 7th and first in for the club in the under 15 boys was Jack MacFarlane who placed 30th with another 30th place for Halesowen’s first athlete in the under 13 boys race, Theo Sims-Woodhouse. In the girls races it was Isabel Hall who was first in for the club in the under 17 race placing 13th. In the under 15 girls race it was top 10 placing’s for Lily Higgins (2nd), Casateria Ferreira (4th), Abigail Saker (5th) and Olivia Worth (10th). Katrina Simpson, who is a usually a high placing athlete, finished down the field in 39th due to one of her spikes falling victim to the mud and her having to run the majority of the race with only one shoe on. The under 13’s girls race saw Orla Walker finish 7th for the club and in the under 11’s it was Eleanor Stark who was first in for the club in 25th place. Overall the club sits 3rd in the series out of the 20 clubs in the competition with the under 15 girls leading the way and looking clear favourites to win their team category event with just one more fixture to go. The under 11 boys are currently 2nd in their team category standings, with 5th places for the under 11 girls, under 17 men and under 17 women. The under 15 boys are currently placing 6th, the under 13 girls 7th and the under 13 boys 8th.
Worcestershire County Cross Country Championships
Posted 6 January 2015
The Worcestershire County Cross Country Championships were held on Saturday 3rd January at Cofton Park, South Birmingham. As well as County Championships titles up for grabs the event also saw athletes being selected on performance at the event for the Worcestershire County Team for the National Cross Country Championships being held in March. There were many successes for Halesowen athletes led by Abigail Saker who took the County Championship title finishing first in the under 15 girls 4k race in 17.03m. Abigail was followed in by another Halesowen athlete, Lily Higgins, who took the silver medal with a time of 17.26. There was another medal for Halesowen in the under 15 boys race as Charles Sapwell placed third to receive a bronze in 16.59. There were more silver medals for Halesowen athletes – Niall Geraghty in the under 17 boy’s 6k race and for Sam Lloyd-Perks in the under 20 men’s 6k race. The under 13s 3k races also went well with Halesowen’s Orla Walker taking bronze in 12.58 in the girls race and Jake Lowe taking bronze in 12.08 in the boys. In the Seniors and Masters event the ladies faired well. First home for Halesowen over the 6k course was Emily Monk who placed 8th. Samantha Morton placed 16th overall but was 3rd in the over 40 Masters Competition. In the men’s 10k race Daniel Cleary was first in for the club in 5th place with Marcus Turner placing 10th overall but 3rd in the over 40 Masters Competition. Second in for the over 50 Masters Competition was Halesowen’s Kevin Monk who was placed 32nd overall. In the over 60 men’s competition John Hill from Halesowen took the title (62nd overall). In the team results Halesowen won the under 13 girls, under 13 boys, under 15 girls and under 17 boys events, came 2nd in the under 15 boys, 2nd in the Senior Men’s Competition and 4th in the Senior Women’s. For those Halesowen athletes selected from this event for the Nationals in March, they will be looking to improve on their performances with the benefit of the event being at the same venue.
Halesowen Junior Athletes perform well in Sutton Coldfield.
Posted 2 July 2014
The third round of the Halesowen Athletic Club’s Youth Development League Meeting took place on Sunday 22nd June hosted by Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club. The first race out saw Halesowen’s Safia Paraiso win the u13 girls 75m in a PB of 10.7s and the club didn’t have to wait long for further wins in the sprints as Isaac Gould won the u13 boys 100m in 14.0 with Alexander Johnson taking the win in the B race in 14.1 (PB). The winning streak continued with Cara Clarke running 13.5 in the u15 100m B race and Tate Hendrickson running 21.4s in the u13 girls 200m. Charles Hilliard finished his u15 200m boys A race in the winning time of 22.8 and not content with just the 100m win Isaac Gould also won the u13 200m in 28.6. Katrina Simpson ran a PB of 42.5s in the u15 girls 300m and Kodi Davey ran a PB of 2.40,7 to win the u13 800m boys race. Grace Pritchard ran 4.09.7 in the u13 1200m to take the win with a new PB. Rory Elliot ran a PB of 5.33.0 to win the u13 boys 1500m race finishing some 20 seconds ahead of the second placed Sutton athlete. Livvy Worth led the u15 girls 1500m race from the start to take the win in 5.08.3 with Lily Higgins taking the win in the B race in 5.12.4. Out on the field it was Katrina Simpson who shone with a jump of 1.50m in the u15 girls high jump competition, jumping 15cm higher than the second placed Worksop athlete. In the long jump Leo Nock jumped 50cm more than anyone else winning the u13 boys B competition with a leap of 3.96m. Molly Jenks took the win in the u15 girls long jump competition with 5.01m, almost 50cm further than the second placed Leicester athlete and Cara Clarke won the B with a PB of 4.89, over 50cm ahead of the others. Lee Wright had another excellent Discus competition taking the u15 boys win with a PB of 39.84m. He followed this up with another PB, this time in the hammer throw, throwing 34.58 to take the win whilst teammate Sam Chance won the B competition with 17.36m. Sam took a second win of the competition, this time in the Javelin B competition throwing 24.96. In the u13 girls competition Tilly Giles threw a PB of 25.41m to win her event.
Youth Development Meeting for the Midlands East 1 Division Saturday 31st May 2014
Posted 12 June 2014
Junior athletes from Halesowen AC travelled to Stoke on Saturday 31 May to take part in the Youth Development Meeting for the Midlands East 1 Division. First places were achieved for many of the club’s athletes. Under 13 Safia Paraiso ran the 75m B race in 10.9s to take the first win of the day and the 2nd win wasn’t far behind with Isaac Gould winning the under 13 100m A race in 13.7s. Team mate Ben White then took 1st place in the B race in 14.1s. The sprinters continued to perform well with Josie Oliarnyk winning the under 15 100m A in 12.5s and Lauryn Elliott winning the B race in 13.6.s In the under 13 150m A race Iris Oliarnyk ran a PB to win the A race in 20.0s. Halesowen went on to dominate the 200m sprints with wins in both the A and B races in the U15 boys 200m (A-James Andrews 23.8, B-Ryan Shippy 24.8), under 13 boys 200m (A-Harvey Warmington-Christmas 27.0s, B-Ben White 28.9s) and under 15 girls 200m (A-Josie Oliarnyk 25.6s, B-Molly Jenks 26.1s). There were more successes in the 300m. Charles Hilliard won the under 15 A competition with a PB of 36.2sand Katrina Simpson won the girls A race in 42.8s. Moving into the middle distances Jack Macfarlane took the win in the under 15 800m B race in 2.31m and Abigail Saker won the girls A race in 2.28.3m On the field Katrina Simpson jumped 1.55m to win the under 15 girls high jump event and in addition to winning the high jump in 1.20m in the boys under 13 B event, Alexander Johnson also won the Long Jump B competition with a PB of 4.01m. Molly Jenks won the under 15 girls Long Jump A with a leap of 4.93m and Iris Oliarnyk jumped 4.75m to win the under 13 girls A competition. Josie Oliarnyk threw 9.61m to win the under 15 shot put, over half a metre further than the second placed Radley athlete and Cara Clarke threw a PB of 8.44m to win the B competition. Lauren Whensley threw 7.32m to win the under 13 competition. Lee Wright won the under 15 discuss competition with a throw over 5 metres further than the second placed Worksop athlete, taking the win with 36.45 as well as winning the Javelin B competition with a throw of 33.50m. Sam Chance threw 21.97m in the hammer B competition to add to the wins! Finally under 13 athlete, Tilly Giles, threw a PB of 23.49 to win the Javelin A competition.
Worcester County Championships at Nunnery Wood Sports Centre
Posted 26 May 2014
Many athletes from Halesowen Athletics Club attended the Worcestershire County Championships at Nunnery Wood Sports Centre, Worcester on Saturday 24th May returning with a major haul of medals and many crowned as County Champion. Halesowen started well with a gold and silver in the under 13 girls 100m. Iris Oliarnyk took the line in 13.6 with Lauren Whensley taking the silver in 14.2. It was the same story for the u13 boys 100m. Harvey Warmington-Christmas took gold in 13.2 and Isaac Gould ttook the silver in 14.1. The u15 girls 100m final saw Halesowen take gold, silver and bronze thanks to Josie Oliarnyk (12.5), Molly Jenks (12.9) and Lauryn Elliott (13.6). Charles Hilliard took the gold for the club in the u15 boys 100m race in 11.2. It was more gold and silver medals in the u17 women’s 100m final. Alex Beardmore ran 12.5 and Holly Tildesley 13.1 and it was a silver for Daniel Hughes in the u20 men’s 100m in 11.7. The 200m races brought another flurry of county champions through their gold medals. Iris Oliarnyk won the u13 girls race in 28.0 with team mate Niamh Middleton taking bronze in 30.1. In the u15 race Iris’ sister, Josie, took the gold in 26.0 followed in by her teammates, who also medalled, Molly Jenks (28.3) and Lauryn Elliot (29.1). Another hatrick of medals came in the u13 boys race with Harvey Warmington-Christmas finishing in 28.1, Isaac Gould 29.1 and Ben White 29.5. In the u17 girls race Alex Beardmore took the gold 25.6 and Alex Bartlett the silver in 27.5. There was a second gold for Charles Hilliard in the u15 race (22.6) and a bronze for James Andrews (24.6) The hurdles brought medals for Katrina Simpson (silver 20.9 u15 75mH) and Oliver Dodd (gold 16.0 u20 110mH). The 800m saw Katrina Simpson win her gold in the u15 competition in 2.25.1. The u15 boys 800m provided another gold – this time for Tom Bailey who ran the same time as the silver placed Halesowen athlete Sam Chance of 2.20. The 3k provided a win for Sam Lloyd-Perks in the u20 race in 9.52.8 with Jack Holman taking 2nd in the u17 event in 9.35.3. John Hill took the veterans silver in 11.38.2 and Lily Higgins finished 1st in the u15 race in 11.35.8. Martha Payne took the u20 title in 11.37.4. The 1500m race saw Josh Timmins take silver in the u17 men’s race (4.25.5) with Keiran Walker taking bronze in 5.03.2. In the u15 girls Abigail Saker took the gold in 4.57.5 with Livvy Worth taking silver in 5.05.1. The 300m brought a silver for Alex Bartlett in the u17 race with a time of 44.5 and the 400m another silver but this time for James Hoult who ran 54.9 in the u20 race. The field results were as follows: Long Jump u15 girls Gold – Iris Oliarnyk 4.92m Long Jump u13 boys Gold – Ben White 3.95m Long Jump u15 girls Gold – Josie Oliarnyk 5.25m, Silver – Molly Jenks 5.05m, Bronze – Cara Clarke 4.84m. Long Jump u15 boys Gold – Andrew James 5.06m Hammer Throw Senior Women Gold – Catherine Dempsey 36.94 High Jump u20 men Bronze – Oliver Dodd 1.76m High Jump u15 girls Gold – Katrina Simpson 1.50m Discus Throw u15 boys Gold – Lee Wright 34.01 Discus Throw u17 women Bronze – Brook Clarke 21.77 Shot Putt u13 girls Gold – Lauren Whensley 7.82m Shot Putt u15 boys Gold – Lee Wright 10.79, Bronze – Sam Chance 7.57m Shot Putt u17 women Bronze – Brook Clarke 7.86m Javelin u15 boys Gold – Lee Wright 32.36m
Halesowen Athletes lead the way
Posted 13 May 2014
Sunday 27th April heralded the first athletics fixture for Halesowen Athletic Club’s junior athletes. The under 17 and under 20’s athletes were up against clubs from Tamworth, Dudley and Stourbridge, Kiddermister and Stourport, Tipton and Bromsgove and Redditch competing in the Youth Development League competition held in Stourport. There were solid performances from the sprinters with Halesowen’s Joseph Rogers winning the u17 200m B race with a PB of 23.4. In the ladies u17 200m Alex Bartlett placed 2nd in the A race in 27.5 just behind Tamworth’s Olivia Woodward in 26.4. Holly Tildesley won the B race in 27.2. It was another 2nd place and PB for Alex in the u17 ladies 300m A race (43.6). The 400m races provided also provided solid results for the club. Sam Efiong took 3rd in a tight u20’s race finishing in 52.9, losing out to 2nd place by 0.5 of a second. It was another 3rd place in the B race with James Hoult finishing in 55.6. The under 17 men faired better. Joseph Rogers placed 2nd in the A race in 52.7 and Niall Geraghty took the win in the B race in 55.8. In the women’s u20 400m A race Hannah Sharkey placed 3rd (66.3) with Beth Sharkey winning the B race (68.6). As the distances covered on the track got longer the results kept coming. Niall Geraghty missed out on a win in the u17 800m A race by just 1 second, finishing in 2.02.3. Tom Parker won the B race in 2.35.9. Hannah Sharkey won her u20 800m A in 2.33.4 with Martha Payne winning the B race in 2.40.6. For the u17’s Chloe Chapman took 2nd in the A race (2.30.7) and Nicole Bailey 1st in the B race (2.36.4). The u20’s 1500m saw Sam Efiong take 2nd place in 4.30.6 with Joshua Timmins winning the u17 1500m A race (4.23.1) and Ben Willets winning the B in 5.10.6. In the women’s u17 1500m race Hannah Sharkey took 2nd in 5.21.9. Lydia Wilkinson took 3rd in the u17 race. The u17 3000m race saw a win for the club through Jack Holman who finished in a convincing 9.57.8. In the women’s races, Phoebe Dodd won the u20 A race in 11.01.0 and Beth Sharkey won the B in 12.58.7. Isobel Hall took 2nd in the u17 event in 12.17.4. A flurry of further Halesowen wins came through Oliver Dodd in the u20 110m Hurdles (15.8), Samuel Mason u17 400m Hurdles (73.9), Elise Williams u20 400m Hurdles A (75.3) Beth Sharkey u20 400m Hurdles B (85.2), Sam Lloyd-Perks u20 2000m Steeplechase (6.45.9), Oliver Dodd u20 High Jump (1.82), Elise Williams u20 Long Jump B (4.31), Beth Sharkey u20 Triple Jump A (9.01), Tom Parker u17 discus (10.15). After such a successful first competition of the season Halesowen lead the table.
Halesowen athletes represent the County at National Cross Country event
Posted 19 March 2014
Saturday 8th March saw the finale of the British Athletics Cross Country Challenge Series and Inter Counties Cross Country Championships come to Birmingham’s Cofton Park. After qualifying through the Worcestershire Championships held in Halesowen earlier in the year many Halesowen athletes’ had worked hard to earn the right to swap their usual club vest for the County vest of Worcestershire. The Worcestershire teams faired well against the rest of the UK. The under 17 men’s team gained the best position placing 14th out of the 43 counties represented. The next best were the under 20 men who placed 17th followed by the under 17 women placing 18th. The under 15 girls were 24th, senior men 26th, under 15 boys 28th, under 13 boys 34th and the under 13 girls 35th. In the under 13 girls competition Halesowen athlete Grace Pritchard was first in for the Worcestershire team placing 124th out of 306 competitors in a time of 13.03. The 3k race was won by Herne Hill athlete Alexandra Brown in 11.24. The boys competition saw Hampshire’s Zakariya Mahamed take the line in 10.38. Halesowen’s Charles Sapwell finished 123rd in 11.56, Tom Bailey 263rd (12.53) and Kodie Murphy 268th (12.57) in a field of over 300 runners. In the under 15’s 4k competition the first 3 finishers for Worcestershire were all Halesowen athletes. Lily Higgins brought the team home in 59th place (18.55) with Abbie Saker taking 96th in 19.26 and Livvy Worth 97th in 19.27. The race was won by Kent’s Sabrina Sinha in 16.52, 29 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed athlete. Only one Halesowen athlete made the under 15 boys county team. Ben Willetts placed 236th finishing in a time of 19.23. Leicestershire’s Ben Dijkstra took the tape in an incredible 15.53. Both races again saw nearly 300 runners take part. The under 17 men’s 6k race saw Essex athlete Jordan Rowe beat nearly 300 competitors in a time of 18.15. Worcestershire saw 2 top 20 finishes through Worcester athlete Declan McManus (6th, 18.46) and Birchfield’s William Richardson (17th, 19.05). Flying the Halesowen flag were Niall Geraghty who finished 164th (21.05) and Sam Efiong (211th, 21.48). The girls 5k race was won by Harriet Knowles-Jones from Cheshire in 18.31. Halesowen’s Phoebe Dodd placed 64th in 21.45 with Isabel Hall taking 245th in 26.17. The under 20 men’s 8k race saw 2 Halesowen athletes running for the County. Joe Donkin was first in for the County Team taking 51st place in 27.42. Sam Lloyd-Perks placed 88th in 28.36. The race was won by Merseyside’s Matthew Shirling in 25.07. In the senior races Halesowen had 2 athletes in the men’s race. Richard White finished 174th in 39.27 and Johnny Cullen 240th in 41.19. Richard Goodman from Middlesex took the tape of the 12k course in 33.54. For many of the junior athletes the event was a good lead into next week’s English Schools Athletics Association’s Cross Country Championships being held at Castle Donnington in Leicestershire. Halesowen have a number of juniors who will be swapping club vests once again – this time for either the Herefordshire and Worcestershire County Schools Team or the West Midlands School Team.
English National Cross Country Championships
Posted 25 February 2014
On Saturday 23rd February over 10,000 athletes and spectators descended on Wollaton Park in Nottingham for the Saucony English National Cross Country Championships. Fighting the wind, but enjoying the sunshine a number of Halesowen athletes made the journey to take part. Amongst the men’s senior competitors was 2012 Bronze Olympic medallist, triathlete Jonathan Brownlee. Another big name in athletics came in the form of Gemma Steel and there were certainly a number of other names and ones to watch out for in the future. The Halesowen under 15 girls team, who were crowned West Midlands League Champions a couple of weeks previously, took the opportunity to test themselves against the rest of the UK, achieving 10th out of 37 teams. The race was won by Sabrina Sinha from Cambridge Harriers in 15.10. Abigail Saker led the Halesowen girls team home in 71st place (17.19), followed in by Lily Higgins in 74th (17.21), Livvy Worth 129th (18.00), Katrina Simpson 149th (18.13) and Chloe Chapman 301st (20.53). Jonathan Lewis raced in the under 17 men’s team placing 267th in a time of 26.48 and Isabel Hall ran in the under 17 ladies race finishing 169th in 23.46. In the senior men’s race which saw a field of well over 1500 runners, Stockport Harrier’s Steve Vernon took the tape in 36.23. Halesowen were represented by the following: Richard White 304th (42.35), Mark Hadley 493rd (45.01), Dave Turvey 649 (46.47), Phillip Scarr 1017th (51.03), Alex Morgan 1036th (51.23), James Atkins 1186th (53.39), Richard Guest 1378th (57.05) and Andrew Nock 1384th (57.14). Bedford won the team competition with Halesowen Men placing 68th out of 127.
Photograph – under 15 girls – left to right – Lily Higgins, Livvy Worth, Abigail Saker, Katrina Simpson, Chloe Chapman
Track Season gets off to a flying start for Halesowen Athletics Club at Birmingham’s NIA.
Posted 19 February 2014
A number of Halesowen athletes competed at the NIA in Birmingham over the weekend of the 8th and 9th of February in the Midlands Championships Competition run by the Midland Counties Athletics Association. Charles Hilliard couldn’t have had a better start to the season. The under 15 Halesowen junior took gold in the 60m sprint with a PB of 7.35 having placed 3rd in the heat with 7.53. He then went on to win the under 15’s 200m taking the line in 23.46, another PB. Although it’s early in the season these times set him up well for the year, currently placing him 3rd in the UK in the 200m indoor under 15 boys category and 4th in the 60m. In the under 15 girls 60m competition Halesowen took another win with Josie Oliarnyk taking the line in the final with a PB of 7.89 (winning her heat in 7.94). Molly Jenks took bronze place in the final in 8.15 having run 8.21 in her heat. The girls were then joined by Lauryn Elliott for the 200m. Lauryn placed 5th with a PB of 29.67 in heat 4, Molly placed 2nd in her heat and 3rd in her semi, the best time being recorded as 26.94, a new PB. Josie won her one heat in 26.11, taking 3rd in another (26.31) and taking second in her semi (PB of 25.83). Halesowen were represented in the under 17 men’s 60m competition through Billy Lowndes who placed 7th in his heat with a PB of 7.58 and Evan Corbett who took 5th in his heat in 7.63. Billy went on to run in the 200m finishing 4th in his heat in 24.80. In the ladies under 17 60m competition Alex Beardmore ran a PB of 7.91 in both her heat and semi final to then take 5th in the final in 8.06. Alex also took on the 200m to take the silver in the final (25.46) after winning both her heat and semi, her best time being recorded as 25.29. Hannah Ashe also took part in this competition placing 5th in her heat in 29.53. Alex Bartlett ran in the under 17 women’s 300m competition placing 2nd in her heat with 44.06. In the men’s under 17 400m race Joseph Rogers placed 5th in the final in 54.54 having run a PB of 53.03 in his heat and finishing 2nd. James Hoult also took on the 400m in for the under 20 competition finishing with a PB of 54.69 – 4th in his heat. The 800m under 20 ladies competition saw a silver for Halesowen with Hannah Sharkey finishing in 2.27.33 with a win in the under 17 men’s competition for Niall Geraghty finishing in 2.03.83. Samuel Mason and Daniel Hughes ran in the 60m under 20 competition placing 8th with a PB of 7.75 and 7th with a PB of 7.49 in their respective heats with Samuel going on to place 4th in his heat in 25.05 in the 200m. Finally, under 13 Iris Oliarnyk took silver for the club in the quadrathon – a competition that incorporates the 60m sprint, high jump, long jump and shot.
Silverware for Halesowen
Posted 11 February 2014
The final race in the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League took place yesterday (Sunday 9th Feb) in the shadow of the Alexander Stadium in Perry Park. The league, which is deemed the strongest cross country league in the UK for the younger age group athletes, saw Halesowen Atheltics Club win silver. This 5th race heralded a 2nd place finish overall in the league for Halesowen Athletics Club out of the 19 clubs that participate. Rugby and Northampton won the series with 3342 points followed by Halesowen with 29882 and Wolverhampton and Bilston with 29484. Team Results by age category
under 11 boys – 4th
under 11 girls – 4th
under 13 boys – 6th
under 13 girls – 10th
under 15 boys – 6th
under 15 girls – 1st
under 17 men – 2nd
under 17 ladies – 2nd Fortunately the rain held off for most of the day but the biting wind on the exposed fields challenged the athletes. Seeking shelter in the wooded paths surrounding the lake only altered the challenge to negotiation of thick mud and tree roots. After a 1,2, 3 finish from Birchfield Harriers in the under 17 men’s competition, the winner being Cameron Shankly in 16.00, Halesowen Athletics Club’s Sam Efiong finished a more than repectable 13th in 18.07. He was followed in by team mates Joshua Timmins 18th (18.28), Dominic Bill 22nd (18.42), Joshua Lewis 31st (20.06) and Tom McGrath 45th (21.59). First in for Halesowen in the under 15 boys race was Ben Willetts who finished 13th in 12.11, less than a minute behind the leader, Birchfield’s Reis Brooke. Also racing for Halesowen were Kieran Walker 35th (13.07), Thomas Parker 53rd (13.42), Henry Armstrong 58th (13.59) and Thomas Gill 68th (14.23). Rugby and Northampton dominated the under 13 boys race taking all 3 top spots, the winner being Adam Searle in 9.21. Halesowen’s Tom Bailey was first in for the club in 10.28 placing 23rd. He was followed in by Fred Thompson 56th (11.33), Findlay Bridgewater 57th (11.34), Benjamin Whitehouse 63rd (11.45), Rhys Briggs 65th (11.52) and Robbie Thomas 83rd (13.56). Another Rugby and Northampton win came through Mac Ryder finisihing the under 13 boys race in 6.18. A flurry of Halesowen shirts came in together just 20 seconds later in the form of Kodie Murphy 10th (6.40), Theo Sims-Woodhouse 11th (6.41) and Max Price 12th (6.45). Still within a minute of the winning time, Joss Camden crossed the line in 37th (7.13) quickly followed by Oliver Sutton in 39th and given the same time. Alexander Johnson finished 61st in 7.33, Aran Palmer 83rd in 7.51, Lewis Mallard 89th (7.56), Ben Godfrey 97th (7.59) and Benjamin Anfield 111th (8.30). The ladies under 17 race saw a win for Coventry in a race which saw Sian Rainsley win with an incredible 34 seconds lead (finish time 16.40). Phoebe Dodd was first in for Halesowen placing 9th in 18.13. She was followed in by Beth Sharkey 13th (18.57), Hannah Sharkey 15th (19.13), Isabel Hall 19th (19.32), Lydia Wilkinson 22nd (19.49) and Nicole Bailey 35th (21.09). The under 15 girls demonstrated how they deserved the team gold medal with 5 athetes taking top 12 placings. Birchfield’s Remi Flavell took the win in 12.52. There was a fight for the line for 2nd, 3rd and 4th which resulted in Haleowen’s Abigail Saker taking the 4th spot in 13.06. Katrina Simpson took 7th in 13.30, Lily Higgins 9th (13.43), Ellie Childs 10th (13.48) and Livvy Worth 12th (13.52). There were also solid performances fro Molly Kelly 24th (14.39), Sophie Falshaw 32nd (15.08), Chloe Chapman 50th (16.24), Megan Cadwallader 56th (16.44) and Erin Crofts 66th (17.33). The under 13 girls race saw Amelia Samuels from Wolverhampton and Bilston take the tape in 10.04. Orla Walker was first in for Halesowen in 44th (11.36) followed in by Emily Fitzpatrick 73rd (12.34), Megan Parker 83rd (12.55), Jade Jenkins 88th (12.58), Kathryn Kelly 103rd (13.28), Olivia Floody 120th (14.51) and Kiera Johnstone 125th (16.03). The under 11 girls saw the best Halesowen finish of the day. Grace Pritchard ran a gutsy race to finish 2nd, just 14 seconds behind the Rugby and Northampton winner, Molly Williams who took the tape in 6.25. Kodie Davey then finished 27th (7.26), Falan Malone-Priest 52nd (7.44), Francesca Fletcher 59th (7.53), Poppy Jones 60th (7.53), Safia Paraiso 74th (7.57), Milly Allen 83rd (8.11), Imogen Vaughan-Hawkins and 101st (8.28).
Halesowen junior athletes make the County Schools Cross Country Team
Posted Tuesday 4 February 2014
Students from across the region have been competing over the last few weeks and months to try and claim one of the 6 automatic qualification places available in the County Schools Cross Country Teams. Those who qualify will represent their County in the English Schools Athletics Association (ESSA) Cross Country Championships to be held at Donnington Park, Leicestershire on 15th March. Those finishing top of the field in school competitions have gone through to district competitions culminating in the County competitions where they are running for the honour of being able to claim a County schools vest. Herefordshire and Worcestershire County Schools held their championships on Saturday (1st February) at Hereford Race Course accompanied by hail storms! Having made it through school and district competition to the County trial, 3 under 15 Halesowen girls made it through to represent the Herefordshire and Worcestershire County Team bagging the top 3 spots. Abigail Saker from Bromsgrove School took the win with Ellie Childs (another Bromsgrove School student) just taking Livvy Worth on the line. Livvy attends South Bromsgrove High School. The Halesowen club will also see 2 of their senior boys who both attend Worcester Sixth Form College represent the County Team through Max Parker finishing 2nd and Sam Lloyd-Perks 4t The West Midlands County Schools Championship was held at Warley Woods on 18th January and resulted in 3 Halesowen Athletes succeeding to represent their County. Phoebe Dodd finished 2nd in the under 20 competition and will represent the West Midlands County Schools Team in the Senior Race. Gaining places in the Junior Team were Halesowen Athlete Katrina Simpson who finished 5th and team mate Lily Higgins who finished 6th.
Report from Midlands Cross Country Championships
Posted Wednesday 29 January 2014
Leamington was the venue for this Saturday’s (26 Jan) Midlands Cross Country Championships which featured a stream crossing amongst the usual challenges cross country brings. Bath Athletics Club’s Hayden Bailey won the under 13 boys race in 11.44 with Ashfield athlete Libby Coleman winning the girls race in 12.48. In a race in which every other athlete seemed to succumb to the stream crossing which had by then turned to mud causing chaos in the clamber out the other side, Halesowen athlete Orla Walker was first in for the club in 84th place in 15.08 with Megan Parker taking 115th in 16.18. It was Birchfield’s Tom Dodd who won the under 15 boys race in 14.37 with Halesowen’s Ben Willetts finishing in 16.48 in 51st place and Thomas Parker in 18.34 taking 92nd place. There were some solid performances for Halesowen in the under 15 girls race. It was won by Georgia Rafferty from Stoke AC in 16.11. Halesowen’s Abigail Saker took 8th in 17.23, Lily Higgins 20th in 17.56, Katrina Simpson 30th in 18.19, Chloe Fitzpatrick 77th in 20.29 and Chloe Chapman 82nd in 20.51. Abigail, Lily, Katrina and Chloe Fitzpatrick entered the team event placing 5th out of the 15 clubs represented. Charwood AC’s Euan Makepeace won the under 17 men’s race in 22.37 where Halesowen was represented by Jonathon Lewis who finished in 58th in 28.08. Charnwood also took the win in the under 17 ladies race. Hannah Nuttall took the tape in 21.42. Halesowen was represented by Isabell Hall who finished in 27.47 taking 37th. Almost 370 runners lined up for the Senior Men’s race. It was a 1,2,3 for Notts AC with Jonathan Thewlis taking gold in 39.18. First in for Halesowen was Richard White in 61st place in a time of 44.50. He was followed in by Tom Kenderdine 78th (45.53), Mark Hadley 100th (47.24), Matt Allen 140th (49.31), Bill Nock 153rd (50.02), James Parker 200th (52.14), David Lewis 218 (52.43), Andrew Carruthers 245th (54.08), Phillip Scarr 258 (54.52), Andrew Nock 264th (55.07), James Atkins 268th (56.07), Alex Morgan 269th (56.27) and Richard Guest 304th (59.26). White, Kenderdine, Hadley, Allen, Nock and Parker took 14th place in the team competition out of an impressive 34 teams. Well over 200 ladies took on the senior women’s competition which saw another win for Charnwood – Jane Potter in 31.50. Sally Spencer crossed the line first for Halesowen in a time of 40.38 placing her 95th. Next in for the club was Samantha Love in 45.53 placing 149th with Caroline Lambert finishing in 47.13 finishing in 160th. Anna Cosimetti finished in 49.47 taking 184th and Helen Attwood 198th in 52.02. The team of Spencer, Love, Lambert and Cosimetti placed 23rd in the team competition.
Report from West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League as featured in Halesowen News
Posted Wednesday 21 January 2014
Halesowen junior athletes were out in force on Sunday 19th January taking on the flat fast cross country course in Nuneaton in the 4th race of the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League. The under 17 men’s 4.8k race saw a 1,2,3 for Birchfield Harriers with 1st first place going to Cameron Shankly in 16.46. Halesowen athletes finished as follows: 11th Niall Geraghty (18.28), 12th Sam Efiong (18.29), 14th Dominic Bill (18.38) and 47th Tom McGrath (23.40). The under 15 boys 3.2k race saw Birchfield’s Tom Dodd take the victory in 11.29 – 30 seconds ahead of the 2nd placed Wolverhampton athlete. First in for Halesowen was Ben Willetts in 13.27 placing him 31st. He was followed in by Kieran Walker in 37th (13.47) and Thomas Parker in 49th (14.05). It was another 1,2,3 in the under 13 boys’ 2.5k race – this time for Rugby and Northampton AC, the winner being Joe Musgrove in 8.49. Charles Sapwell was first home for Halesowen AC snatching 18th place in 9.43 (the same time as awarded to the 19th placed Birchfield athlete). Tom Bailey took 25th for club in 9.58, Isaac Elliot 48th in 10.32, Joshua Rose 52nd in 10.36, Findlay Bridgewater 61st (10.44), Rhys Briggs 66th (10.51), Fred Thompson 67th (10.52), Tom Partridge 71st (11.05) and Benjamin Whitehouse 76th (11.33). In a field of 117, the under 11 boys’ 1.6k race was won by Rugby and Northampton’s Mac Ryder in 7.05. Not far behind was Halesowen’s first team member, Kodie Murphy, finishing in 7.13 placing him 5th. He was followed in by Theo Sims-Woodhouse 25th (7.48), Leo Mellor 59th (8.27), Lewis Mallard 65th (8.27), Ben Godfrey 79th (8.46), Aran Palmer 86th (8.55) and Alfie Wolstencroft 101st (9.15). For the under 17 ladies 4k race it was a 3rd place for Halesowen’s Phoebe Dodd in 16.15 not far behind Tipton Harrier Isher Mandel who won in 16.03. There was then a flurry of Halesowen shirts crossing the line with Beth Sharkey taking 12th (18.04), Lydia Wilkinson 14th (18.14), Isabel Hall 17th (18.22) and Hannah Sharkey 19th (18.35) with Nicole Bailey taking 34th in 20.17. Four Halesowen girls featured in the top 10 of the under 15 race (3.2k). Abigail Saker took 2nd in 13.34 to Birchfield Harrier Remi Flavell who finished just ahead in 13.20. Lily Higgins finished 4th in 13.34, Katrina Simpson sprinted to 9th in 14.17 with Livvy Worth finishing 10th in 14.18. Not far behind were Molly Kelly 26th (15.27), Kharis Flower 31st (15.47), Chloe Chapman 33rd (15.57), Chloe Fitzpatrick 44th (16.29) and Erin Crofts 53rd (16.50). 124 under 13 girls started their 2.5k race which was won by Wolverhamton and Bilston’s Amelia Samuels in 9.17. Orla Walker was first in for Halesowen in 37th (10.46) followed by Siena Horton 39th (10.48), Megan Parker 70th (11.38), Emily Fitzpatrick 85th (11.55), Jade Jenkins 86th (11.56), Kiera Johnstone 102nd (12.28) and Kathryn Kelly 110th (13.02). The under 11 girls race saw the biggest field of runners for the day. 134 runners took on the 1.6k course which was won by Rugby and Northampton’s Molly Williams in 7.21. First in for Halesowen was Grace Pritchard placing 7th (7.46). She was followed in by Kodie Davey 29th (8.27), Falan Malone-Priest 32nd (8.29), Poppy Jones 44th (8.43), Francesca Fletcher 51st (8.51) and Milly Allen 75th (9.05). In the team event it was victory for the under 15 girls and under 17 ladies with the under 15 girls leading the series. The under 17 ladies are currently 2nd overall in the series. The under 17 men placed 3rd but stand at 2nd in the series. Overall, Halesowen finished 5th behind Rugby and Northampton, Wolverhampton, Birchfield and Sutton Coldfield yet stand at 2nd in the series behind Rugby and Northampton so there is everything to run for at the final fixture next month in Perry Barr.
Report from Worcestershire County Championships
Posted Wednesday 8 January 2014
Two of Halesowen’s youngest athletes have qualified to represent their County as they stormed to success in the Worcestershire County Championships this weekend. 11 year old Kodie Murphy finished 6th in his under 13’s race whilst 11 year Grace Pritchard finished 2nd in her event. The Worcestershire County Cross Country Championships took place on Saturday 4th January on the fields behind Halesowen Athletics Club. The high levels of rain fall had created one of the muddiest courses most athletes will have come across in the season so far, if not other seasons and had, in fact, caused the organisers to change some of their set up plans as the stream had risen so high overnight cutting off one of the 2 accesses to the course. To many, however, this was as cross country should be and definitely created a challenge to those taking part. As well as participating in the Worcestershire County Championships and looking for good County placing, athletes were also hoping to gain automatic selection for the Worcestershire County team for a national competition in March – the British Athletics Inter Counties Cross Country Championships and Cross Challenge Final which is being held in Cofton Park in Birmingham on the 8th March. County vests were up for grabs for the first 8 males and first 7 females in the junior competitions to cross the line. The youngest athletes took to their 3k course first. The boys under 13 race was won by Jake Cavens of Worcester Athletics Club in a time of 12.30, almost a minute ahead of 2nd placed Bromsgrove and Redditch’s athlete, Cameron Cooper who finished in 13.22. 3rd was taken by Tom Slater of Dudley and Stourbridge Harriers (DASH) in 13.25 with Halesowen taking the next 4 places through Charles Sapwell, Tom Bailey, Kodie Murphy, and Billy Shaw. Worcester’s Joshua Bentley took the final County place. Together Charles, Tom and Kodie took gold in the club team competition for Halesowen. In the girls under 13 race it was another Worcester AC win. Ellen Wikeley won in 14.16 and was followed in by Halesowen’s Grace Pritchard in 14.24. Bromsgrove and Redditch AC took 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th through Amy Mijovic-Couldwell (14.26), Ellen Bowan, Ellie Moss and Amy Tongue with Halesowen’s Orla Walker splitting up the Bromsgrove and Redditch girls by taking 6th. The gold team medal went to Bromsgrove and Redditch with the Silver going to Halesowen (Grace Pritchard, Orla Walker and Kitty Luscombe) The under 15 boys stepped up to the 4k course which saw a win for Bromsgrove and Redditch’s Connor Smith in 16.23. He was followed in by Worcester’s Lewis Sternkopf (16.36), Elliot Jones (DASH) (16.58), Oliver Morgan (Worcester), Jed Hemmings (Birchfield), Gareth Richardson (Bromsgrove and Redditch), Ben Willetts (Halesowen) and Will Perry (Worcester). The Gold team medals went to Worcester with Bromsgrove and Redditch taking silver and Halesowen bronze (Ben Willetts, Keiran Walker and .Thomas Parker) Agigail Saker took the County Champion title for a third year in a row (the previous 2 years being in the under 13 competition. She finished the 4k course in 18.27. Worcester’s Sophie Tothill took 2nd in 18.48 with 3rd going to Halesowen’s Lily Higgins in 19.01. Kidderminster and Stourport’s Isabel James took 4th with Halesowen’s Livvy Worth finishing 5th. Megan Nicod finished 6th for Bromsgrove and Redditch and 7th was taken by Chloe Fitzpatrick from Halesowen. Abigail, Lily and Livvy took the gold medals for the team competition for Halesowen. With 4 races completed the muddy areas of the course were becoming more and more of a challenge as the under 17’s lined up for their 5k. In the men’s race Worcester’s Declan McManus took the title in 22.00 followed in by Birchfield’s William Richardson (22.17), Daniel Stock (Worcester) 24.40, Sam Efiong (Halesowen), Niall Geraghty (Halesowen), Joshua Timmins (Halesowen), Tom Bridges (Worcester), Jonathan Lewis (Halesowen). The under 17 ladies saw a win for Kidderminster and Stourports’s Briony Haines in 22.13 who was followed in by Worcester’s Nixie Turner in 22.23. Halesowen’s Phoebe Dodd took 3rd in 23.05 with Bromsgrove and Redditch’s Katie Plummer finishing 4th. She was followed in by Jenny Klein (Worcester), Sarah Ellis (Malvern College) and Hannah Bilson (Worcester). The under 20 men’s race was won by Worcester’s Lewis Roberts in 21.51. 2nd was Halesowen’s Joe Donkin (22.52) and 3rd Worcester’s Thomas Stock (23.52). They were followed in by Sam Lloyd-Perks (Halesowen), Max Parker (Halesowen), Ollie Roberts (Worcester) and Callum Smith (Bromsgrove and Redditch). In the under 20 ladies race only Camilla Barnes was selected from the meeting from Worcester. She finished the course in 21.18. These results only cover automatic qualification to the County Team. Full results can be found here.
Pictures taken on the day by Lawrence Fowler can be viewed here.
Report from cross country event 8 December 2013
Posted Friday 13 December 2013
The third fixture of the West Midlands Young Athletes Cross Country League was a home fixture for Halesowen Athletics Club which provided runners with arguabley the most challenging courses yet. The mud was one challenge but the hills were probably the most gruelling athletes had seen in a while. The under 11 girls were the first to the start line and Halesowen’s Grace Pritchard certainly set the club up well for the day taking 2nd place in 6.51, just 9 seconds behind the winner, Molly Williams from Rugby and Northants. In amongst the field of nearly 140 runners Grace’s team mates finished the 1.6km course as follows – Kodi Davey 28th (7.29), Francesca Fletcher 39th (7.45), Falan Malone-Priest 41st (7.45), Melissa Parsons 42nd (7.49), Sophie Parsons 67th (8.06), Imogen Vaughan-Hawkins 69th (8.06), Connie Melvin 75th (8.15), Milly Allen 90th (8.39), Katie-May Sheppard 91st (8.39), Amelia Higgins 96th (8.47) and Laura Simpson 118th (9.21). The team placed 5th. Next to race were the under 17 men with the first 3 finishers wearing Birchfield vests. Dominic Bill was first in over the 4.8k course for Halesowen in 18.19 placing 8th with Sam Efiong taking 9th in 18.24, Joshua Timmins 14th in 18.42, Niall Geraghty 20th in 19.06, Alexander Keith 24th in 19.31, Joe Rogers 27th in 19.46, Jonathan Lewis 30th in 20.00 and Tom McGrath 47th in 24.17. It was no surprise that Birchfield took the team win with Halesowen taking 2nd. Over 100 under 11 boys took on their 1.6km course and it was another 2nd place for Halesowen – this time for Kodie Murphy who finished just 3 seconds behind the Sutton Coldfield winner in 6.18. Halesowen’s Joss Camden placed 24th (6.56), Joshua Turner 31st (7.14), Lewis Mallard 36th (7.14), Arun Palmer 60th (195), Ben Godfrey 75th (8.07), Alfie Wolstencroft 76th (8.07), Pierce Wilkinson 97th (9.39), Benjamin Anfield 98th (9.48) placing 3rd as a team. It was a tough 3.2km for the under 15 girls which saw Birchfield athlete, Karys Amory fall on the final hill with 150 meters to go after holding a strong lead for the majority of race to finally finish 4th. It was a win for Sutton Coldfield’s Georgia Curry with Halesowen again taking the team win with 4 of their top scorers finishing top 10. Abigail Saker finished 3rd, just 6 seconds off the winner in 13.21 with Katrina Simpson 6th (14.04), Lily Higgins 8th (14.08), Livvy Worth 9th (14.11), Molly Kelly 29th (15.17), Chloe Fitzpatrick 45th (15.51), Kharis Flower 49th (16.12), Erin Crofts 51st (16.15) and Megan Cadwallader 52nd (16.23). The under 13 boys race saw the first 3 places taken by Rugby and Northants athletes with the first Halesowen athlete not far behind in 6th place. Charles Sapwell finished the 2.5km course in 8.46. He was followed in by Tom Bailey in 26th place (9.31), Joseph Reynolds 39th (9.52), Ryan Power 51st (10.06), Findlay Bridgewater 55th (10.11), Benjamin Whitehouse 67th (10.29), Fred Thompson 72nd (10.44), Jack Weston 82nd (11.17), Rhys Briggs 83rd (11.30), James Wheway 85th (11.41), Robbie Thomas 88th (11.56) taking 6th in the team competition. In the under 13 girls race it was a win for Wolverhampton and Bilston’s Amelia Samuels in 9 mins. First in for Halesowen was Orla Walker in 10.27 (31st) followed by Kitty Luscombe 10.43 (46th), Siena Horton 10.45 (49th), Jade Jenkins in 11.08 (62nd), Kiera Johnstone 11.28 (71st), Emily Fitzpatrick 11.46 (87th), Kathryn Kelly 12.20 (101st), Tabitha McCartan 12.24 (102nd), Kimberley Thomas 12.40 (107th), Olivia Floody 13.25 (114th), Abigail Godfrey 13.26 (116th) placing 8th in the team competition. It was a win for Ben Goldie from Coventry in the under 15 boys 3.2km race in a time of 11.34. Halesowen athletes placed as follows: Ben Willetts 20th (12.51), Kieran Walker 32nd (13.11), Luke Reilly 41st (13.47), Henry Armstrong 63rd (14.25), Thomas Gill 69th (14.58). 7th team overall. After the win at the last league meet Phoebe Dodd had to settle for 4th in 16.53 with the win going to Rugby and Northants Kirsty Goddard in 16.15. Beth Sharkey took 10th in 18.17, Lydia Wilkinson 18th in 19.17, Isabel Hall 19th (19.29), Nicole Bailey 28th (20.19) and Charis Maguire 34th (22.27). 2nd in the team competition. With 2 more fixtures to go the overall scores reflect today’s results with Rugby and Northants placing 1st with Halesowen 2nd. With 2 more fixtures to go, there is everything to run for.