City of Norwich runners in medal haul

Endurance athletes from the City of Norwich AC were again on their travels at the weekend.

Having recently missed out on gaining medals in the South of England Road Relay Championships it proved to be a different story on Saturday at the South's Cross Country Relay Championships in Biggleswade.

The senior ladies team of Kelly Rushton, Ellie Matthews and Jane Clarke produced a gold-winning performance when leaving the opposition struggling to play catch-up throughout each of the 3km legs. Not to be outdone, the under-20 ladies team also made hay in sunshine with another gold winning performance. Racing over 2.5km legs Esme Salmon, Juliet Broster and Grace Bird were delighted victors.

The team of Damian Rogers, Micah Rogers and Oliver Maskell, competing over 3km legs, won silver in the under-20 men's event as did the under-17 boys squad of Sean Watson, Scott Greeves and Callum Russell, also racing over 3km legs. Tasha Potgeiter led the under-17 girls to silver; racing over 2.5km legs she was ably backed by Mabel Beckett and Sophie Rock.

The City club fielded two teams in the under-15 girls race over 2km legs, but were disappointed to miss out on the medals.

The under-13 boys' team of Alfie Linstead, Jacob Cotton and Lewis Chalcraft finished a creditable sixth while the under-15 boys team of Ashleigh Waterson, Jamie Finch and Adam Davison, also competing over 2km, were eighth. The under-13 girls team of Sophie Wright, Catherine Long and Sasha Dyke worked very hard, found the going tough but still managed to finish in 12th position

n City of Norwich athlete Olivia Bush (nee Walwyn) was asked to compete for her country in the Commonwealth Mountain Race Championships, in Llanberis.

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Having failed to make the team in the qualifying race due to a tactical error on her part, she was determined to prove her worth – which she did in great style.

Racing over a strength-sapping 8km Olivia led the field to the top of the mountain. She lost a little ground on the descent, but hung on to finish in an excellent fourth place and the third scorer for England.

With England filling three places in the first four finishers team gold was assured.

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