RUNNING: Will finds a way to second in Bristol
6:00am Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Latest News
RISING Swindon Harriers star Will Crisp couldn’t hide his satisfaction at getting his cross country season off to a flying start on Sunday.
The 13-year-old Farrington Community Academy student produced a superb run - and arguably one of the surprises of the day at Bristol’s Ashton Court - to finish runner-up in the under 15 boys’ race in the opening event of the British Athletics Cross Challenge.
“I came here expecting a top-10 finish and that would have been good so to finish second is fantastic,” said Crisp, who lives in Hinton Parva near Wanborough.
“The race went really well and I felt strong.
“I would say that is probably my best race ever and it is a great start to the season.”
Crisp’s silver in a top class of runners drawn from across the country is even more remarkable considering that it was his first race since stepping up into the under 15 boys’ age group.
“This was my first race as an under 15 athlete so I wasn’t expecting too much so I am thrilled,” added Crisp.
“Next week I’ll be running the Oxford Mail League and I’m hoping for another good run there.”
Crisp has been a member of Swindon Harriers for four years and puts most of his improvement down to coach Bryan Clinton.
“He has been brilliant with me,” said Crisp.
Competing in the under 15 girls’ race, 14-year-old Malmesbury School student Zoe Wassell claimed a hard-earned fifth place in a quality field.
“I was disappointed to lose fourth place in s sprint finish but I had nothing left in my legs after winning the Gwent League the previous week,” said Wassell.
- JENNY Garth was the second female vet 55 runner home at the Snowdonia Marathon in Llanberis.
On an incredibly tough course that rises 1,000m over the 26.2 miles, Swindon Harriers’ Garth did well to even complete the event.
She clocked 4:16:25 with her husband Crispian 44th in the male vet 50 category after finishing in 3:39.27.
Fellow Harrier Sue Brewer was the 23rd female vet 40 home in 4:26:53.
Several club athletes competed in the Great South Run in Portsmouth with Steve Connolly coming in seventh in the male vet 60 category.
The club secretary, 61, record a time of 1:16:57, just 41 seconds outside the club record he set at the New Forest 10 in Hampshire in the summer.
In windy conditions, the 46-year-old Michael Tune was the leading Harrier as he crossed the line 11th in the male vet 45 section and 175th overall in 1:05:09.
Male vet 50 athlete John Dill, 53, was 48th in that section (1:14:43).
Elsewhere, Simon Byrne triumphed at the Clock Change Challenge 10k in Calne in 37:24.
Maria Hedge nailed a huge personal best in the Stroud Half Marathon as she clocked 1:57:52, finishing 40th in the female vet 40 section.
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