WARRINGTON Athletic Club was represented in seven races at the Northern Road Relays at Sportcity in Manchester at the weekend with some fantastic performances.
The day started with the under 13 age group with the boys starting first and Jack Marwood ran a superb race to move through in the second half of the race from 9th to hand over in 3rd place with the days 8th fastest time of 12 minutes 29 seconds.
Rory Gregory took over and ran excellently to hand over in 5th place with a time of 13 minutes 09 seconds. Unfortunately as Rory entered the stadium he was missed by an official and his number was not called out causing Matt Seddon to still be in the changeover pen and not on the line ready to take over.
Matt was delayed by around 40 – 45 seconds leaving in around 10th place but ran superbly to get back up to 6th place by the finish with a total time of 39 minutes 06 seconds. If his changeover had gone correctly he would possibly have challenged for medals. The B team of Tom Welsby (13.20) in 25th place with Jacob Pryor (13.48)moving up to 22nd place and Sam Geary (14.45) making his debut for the club finished in 23rd place with a total time of 41 minutes 53 seconds.
In the under 13 girls Alice Nicholson ran well to hand over in 16th place in 14 minutes 16 seconds to Nia Wharton who ran excellently to move the team up to 7th place with a time of 13 minutes 51 seconds. Harriet Bell took over and with a time of 14 minutes 15 seconds moved the team up into a final position of 6th and a total time of 42 minutes 22 seconds.
In thee under 15 girls race Emily Entwistle ran well on the first stage handing over in 16th place with a time of 13 minutes 35 seconds. Orla Gregory took over and with a superb run charged through to 2nd place with the 4th fastest time of the day in 12 minutes 28 seconds. Lucie Davies took over for the final stage and running 14 minutes 16 seconds brought the team home in 7th place with a total time of 40 minutes 19 seconds. The B team were led off by Molly Wormald who ran well to hand over in 32nd place with a time of 14 minutes 19 seconds.
On the second stage Jasmine Jones set off in determined fashion and ran superbly almost matching Orla’s 14 place improvement as she charged through into 19th place (13 places) with 13 minutes 54 seconds. Eva Ferris took over for the final stage running well to record 14 minutes 15 seconds bringing the team home in 20th place in a total time of 42 minutes 22 seconds.
In the under 17 men’s race Joe Roberts took the first stage and ran well to hand over in 18th place in 12 minutes 20 seconds. Joel Birchall took over and ran excellently to move up to 12th place recording 12 minutes 28 seconds. The final stage was taken by Isaaq Ataullah who ran well recording 12 minutes 53 seconds holding onto 12th place for a total time of 37 minutes 41 seconds.
In the under 17 women’s Jess Connolly ran excellently on the first stage to hand over in 6th place in 14 minutes 21 seconds. Ellen Turnbull took over and recorded 17 minutes 39 seconds but dropped back to 19th place.the final stage was taken by Siobhan Gregory who moved the team back up to 17th place in 16 minutes 06 seconds for a total time of 48 minutes 06 seconds.
In the senior women’s race the club fielded a young team led of by under 23 Alysha Goddard on the first stage running well to hand over in 22nd place in 23 minutes 21 seconds. Under 20 Katie Lowery took over and moved through in 23 minutes 17 seconds to hand over in 14th place.another under 20 Rachel McQuillan took the 3rd stage and moved the team up a further 3 places to 11th with 24 minutes 28 seconds. The final stage was taken by yet another under 20 Lauren Ferris who recorded 25 minutes 21 seconds bringing the team home in 12th place in a total time of 1 hour 36 minutes 27 seconds and excellent placing for such a young team.
The day was brought to a close by the Senior men with the team being led off by under 20 Luke Gamble. Luke struggled round after getting cramp to hand over in 66th place in 23 minutes 19 seconds. First year under 20 Jordan Jones took over and ran superbly to charge through 20 places handing over in 46th place in 21 minutes 47 seconds. Jordan was followed by the oldest member of the team over 40 Paul Bagan who ran excellently to move up a further 4 places to 42nd in 22 minutes 37 seconds. Under 20 Daniel Fox took the 4th stage and again moved up 4 places to 38th place with 22 minutes 55 seconds. Under 20 Ben Webb moved up to 37th place with a strong run of 23 minutes 16 seconds. The final stage was taken by Tom Greaves who ran an excellent race moving the team up to a final position of 33rd in 22 minutes 10 seconds and a total time of 2 hours 16 minutes 04 seconds.