Greater Manchester Road Relays

Under 17 Boys storm through to take Bronze Medals at Woodbank Park, Stockport
13th September 2014

GMRR U17 Team bronzeAfter some outstanding relay racing by Bolton juniors, the under 17 boys ran with passion and maturity in what was a quality field to secure 3rd place. Liam Doherty (13:16) running his first race as U17, showed maturity and guts keeping the team in the hunt for medals by finishing a creditable 7th. Matthew Walker (13:16) paced himself to run a strong second half moving the team up to 5th, giving the team a chance for glory. Declan Toomey (11:59) continued his recent rich vein of form to run a final leg that not only brought the team home 3rd and ran the third fastest leg just 2 seconds slower than the best time of the day.

GMRR1Under 13 girls competed in what proved to be a strong competition finishing 7th. Alice Tonge ran 9:51 over the 2600metres course bringing her track form on to the road. Mollie Philbin ran strongly in a controlled manner with a time of 10:14. Ellie-Jo Ramsden showed what it meant to wear the blue vest by giving 100% and was physically ill at the end with a time of 10:14, thus showing the spirit and ethos these young girls have.

Not to be out done 11 young ladies competed in the U15 and U17 race proving that the future of athletics for senior ladies is in safe hands. The U15 girls finished in 5th and 9th place with the U17 girls finishing just outside the medals in 4th place.

U15 Girls
Lydia Matthews (10:08) Georgia Greenhalgh (10:13) Rachel Bailey (9:46)
Ellie Forrest (10:58) Sophie Green (11:45) Leah Rushworth (11:15)

U17 Girls
Olivia Kearney (9:58) Mercedes Mercer (10:31) Katie Oakley (10:00)
Fiona Gande (10:12) Abigail Johnson (11:37)

In the U15 Boys, making their debut for the club on the road both Scott Hood (11:29) and Oliver Clough (10:32) ran with fortitude and determination. Experienced athlete Joe Gande opened up with a dependable leg in 9:06 and not to be outdone Miles Waddington who was just behind him with 9:22.

Speaking to the parents and athletes on the day it was good to see so many happy faces with every one cheering each other on and having a good time and looking forward to next year relays.



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