ATHLETICS: Good weekend of cross country for Grantham Athletic Club

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Grantham Athletic Club members competed in the National Cross Country Relays at Mansfield on Saturday.

The club was represented in the under-13 boys category by George Hatton, Aaron Hunt, William Tucker, Lewis Davey and Angus Sharp. Jack Mills and Oliver Jakes ran in the under-15 boys, and in the girls’ race it was Letitia Barrowcliff, Saskia Hunt, Hannah Sharp and Kerry Smith.

Taking part in the under-17 boys were Jake Richardson, Josh Lord and Max Butler, with Arthur Short, Paul Davidson, Mark Tucker and Phil Hall representing the veteran men.

In very windy and wet conditions, all athletes gave strong performances with the highlights being the under-13 boys coming 22nd out of the 79 teams that finished. The under-17 boys finished 41st and the under-15 girls were 85th.

In the second match of the Lincolnshire Runner League at Boston on Sunday, Grantham AC continued to dominate in a number of age groups. In the under-11s, GAC athletes came fifth (Jordan Seetul-Drew), sixth (Peter Braybrook) and seventh Ewan Rodell.

They swept the board in the under-13 boys with first (George Hatton), second (William Tucker) and third (Aaron Hunt). Rori Rodell and Angus Sharp completed the team with solid runs to keep Grantham top of the under-13 league.

In the under-13 girls, Helen Braybrook continued where she left off from the previous week by finishing third again. Abbie-Mae Smith and Angela Halton completed the team to keep Grantham second,

Saskia Hunt had one of her best runs to date to take third in the under-15 girls, with Letitia Barrowcliff and Hannah Sharp finishing well to maintain their second place in the league.

The under-17 trio of Jake Richardson, Josh Lord and Max Butler dominated this age group with Jake now having won the first two of the four matches.

This left the seniors where Sophie Hunt represented GAC in the ladies’ event and has now finished in the top 10 in both the first two matches. Seven club members competed in the veteran men category )Paul Davidson, Mark Gray, Mark Tucker, Chris Hunt, Bill Lord, John Bainbridge and Dave Eldridge) and they were the first team home.

GAC cross country captain Mark Tucker said the results were down to many hours of training and coaching: “The weekend has been a very successful one for Grantham AC. There is a great spirit and a talented group of young athletes with real promise.”