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Young athletes chase team and individual glory

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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CANNOCK and Stafford youngsters are figuring strongly in this season's West Midlands Young athletes league.

Among them are Ryan Ashforth and Iris Davies who are both chasing individual success.

The third round fixture was staged at Halesowen and once again there were several outstanding team and individual performances.

Ashforth leads his age U15 group overall with a fourth on the day. Following two excellent runs in the first two rounds he now holds a two-point lead over his nearest rival.

The U13 girls team remain in second place with another solid performance but with three of the normal scorers missing the rest of the team had to dig deep to keep the team in contention.

Individually, Davies had another fantastic race finishing third on the day and she held on to her second place overall.

Giving good support were Molly Shermer in ninth. despite losing one shoe on the first lap followed by Mollie Trow in 36th, Jessica Ward 41st, Olivia Corcoran 68th.

In the U13 boys, Harrison Hardy-Smith continued his good form with a fifth on the day making him sixth overall. The top six receive trophies at the end of the season.

Newcomer to the cross county scene for the club was Bradley Hammond with a splendid eighth place to boost the club members in this age group.

Bill Chesters has been improving with each race and he finished 13th on the day, supported by Tom Holloway in 17th, Kyle Haycock 30th, Josh Bassett 31st. The team finished second on the day but are sixth overall.

James Russell, winner of the North Staffs League, remains seventh overall with a seventh position on the day.

The U15 girls ran well in eighth overall with good efforts from Rachael Jones in 10th, Rebecca Brown 31st, Chloe Wilde 36th and Josie Wiklund 61st.

The U17 ladies are in sixth place overall with good runs from Kirsty Beswick 24th, Klara Hunt 25th and Nicola Morris 27th.

In the U11 girls' event there were fine performances from Ariana Jones in 34th, Cerys Boothroyd 64th Megan Chesters 110th and Emily Haycock 113th. with the team in tenth place.

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