BY GEOFF JERWOOD
Harriers U13 boys stole the show as they claimed National Road Relay bronze medals in Sutton Coldfield.
They were led off by Zachery Crowther who ran a superb opening leg, always competitive and fighting until the end, charging up the final hill.
His 13.40, which turned out to be the 10th fastest U13B time of the day, brought him home in fourth position.
Newcomer Fabien Whitelock dropped just five places to 9th position.
It set the stage perfectly for Christo Chilton and he tore round the course to bring the team home in third, two positions higher than in the Southern Championships.
Chilton’s time of 13.29 placed him fourth overall, an outstanding performance in a National Championships.
The U13 girl’s team performed well. Annabella Bailey ran a strong opening leg which was to prove the fastest in the team, 15:20 for 18th place.
Johanna Nicholson took the team up to ninth place. Rosalie Laban (16:13) dropped just two places for a final position of 11th. That time was equalled by Eva O’Hanlan, running for an incomplete B team.
The U15 girls and U17 women’s teams were both lacking a number of the club’s quicker athletes.
Sophie Williams was the fastest of Harriers’ U15s on the lead off leg, running 15:27 for 39th position. Imogen Fenner Scally (17:12) and Jess Butland (17:36) helped them finish 57th.
Isobel Penniceard (U17) demonstrated improved fitness with a 15:15 opening leg for 31st position. Lily Newton (14.33) passed 15 runners in a time just outside the top-20 fastest U17W of the day. Madeline Smith-Londono (18:43) completed the team as they secured 29th position.
Two Herne Hill runners who were in the U13B course record team from two years ago contested the U15B’s race. Ben Harrison clocked 13:41 to bring the team home 36th before Joe Roberts (13:33) gained nine places.
Jacob Harrison moving up a 10 positions with an excellent final leg of 13:03 to take 17th spot.
The B team came 52nd, with Jacob Taylor’s (13:56) the stand out.
The senior women placed a highest-ever 13th. Swann Phelippeau, 21, made her debut as she embarks on a four-year degree programme in London clocked 15:28.
Ella Newton, 18, ran the second leg and produced a decent 16:00 to take the team from 18th to 16th. Zoe Tompkins (16:02), also 18, helped the team climb to 13th. Steph McCall (15:38) held that position.
Chris Busaileh’s 18:10 opening leg brought the senior men’s team home in 31st.
Simon Coombes produced a decent 19:22 in dropping to 43rd, followed by Lewis Laylee, who had made the short trip over from the University of Birmingham to make his debut for the club.
He ran 19:13 for 47th, followed by Jeff Cunningham, (20:12, 52nd), Deron Fagan (21:45, 58th) and Andrew Warburton (19:23, 55th).
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