Shrewsbury Athletic Club runners continued their successful start in their first season in Division 1 of the North Staffordshire Cross Country League, when they travelled to the second fixture at Stafford Common. Having finished second team at the first fixture at Winsford, the Mens' team finished 3rd on the day, but still maintain second place in the Series. Paul Jones was first home for the Club in 17th place, with the other team scorers, Steve Waters 20th, Rob Fox 25th, Connor Middleton 31st, Hassan Mohammed 44th and Richard Mckenna 45th. Pete Savill was 1st in the Veteran Over 65 category. Performance of the day went to Sara Willhoit who made a strong impression in her first outing for the Club in the North Staffs League, finishing 2nd in the Womens' Race in 19/03, followed by Naomi Cook 31st in 21/25 and Grace Hough 226th in 39/02.
Men: 17 Paul Jones 25/40(2nd Veteran Over 45), 20 Steve Waters 25/57, 25 Rob Fox 26/16, 31 Connor Middleton 26/25, 44 Hassan Mohammed 27/00, 45 Richard Mckenna 27/01, 131 Matt Wooden 30/10, 163 Graham Jones 31/45(3rd Veteran Over 60), 190 Pete Savill 33/05(1st Veteran Over 65). Under 11 Boys: 21 Zac Mckenna 6/09. Under 13 Boys: 5 Jack Kinrade 9/51.
The Club's young athletes produced some outstanding performances in the first two fixtures of the Shropshire Young Athletes Cross Country League at Lilleshall and Bridgnorth. At Lilleshall, there were individual podium placings for Adam Bentham 2nd Under 11 Boys, Bethany Trow 1st Under 11 Girls, Adam Edwards 2nd Under 13 Boys, Lucy Newall 1st Under 13 Girls, Iris Downes 2nd Under 15 Girls and Jess Gunner 3rd Under 17 Girls. The Under 13 and Under 11 Girls' teams were 1st and 2nd respectively. At Bridgnorth, Adam Bentham was 1st in the Under 11 Boys, Bethany Trow 1st Under 11 Girls, Lucy Newall 2nd Under 13 Girls, and Jess Gunner 3rd Under 17 Girls and the Under 13 Girls and Under 11 Boys teams were 1st and 2nd respectively.
There were personal best times for two Club runners in the Frankfurt Marathon, a fast flat course billed as Germany's second largest marathon with over 10,000 runners. Luke Butler beat his personal best by over 6 minutes to finish 302nd in 2/43/44, with Club colleague Carl Aveyard 368th in a personal best time of 2/46/23. Pete Butler was just outside the top 100 in the Veteran Over 60 category in 3/56/38. Richard Jones had an impressive run in the Great South Run at Portsmouth, finishing 228th and 3rd Veteran Over 55 in 64/18 for the 10 mile course.
Photo. Sara Willhoit at Stafford Common.
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