WELL DONE TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK PART IN THE 2016-17 LEAGUE - whether as an athlete, parent, marshal, refreshments provider or official - the league simply cannot take place without your efficient support. Once again we express our special thanks to Jan Witheridge and her West Buckland School team of helpers for hosting such a successful finals day. Thanks also go to Phillip Stapleton (WBS Head Master) for presenting the awards. I have had rave reports about the West Buckland Parents Association refreshments - thank you for giving up your morning to keep everyone fed and watered - an invaluable and much appreciated service! As league administrator it would be impossible to cover all the jobs without the expert help of Graham Berry, Chris Norman, Sally Pope, Steve Choules and Elizabeth Williams. We were also able to call on the very experienced support of Sue Gear and Ian Page at the finals today. An excellent job by everyone.
Photographs (Courtesy of John Graver and Neil Phillips) and final race reports will appear on the website over the next few days. LOST PROPERTY: We have a pair of spikes in a black bag and various items of clothing from Finals Day - contact the league to retreive
MANY THANKS to BIDEFORD AAC & NORTH DEVON AC who hosted the fixture at Westward Ho! Special thanks go to course co-ordinater Kim Jenkin who undertook the role during the week of the event following her father's hospitalisation. We wish Doug Jenkin a speedy return to full fitness and thank him for all the preparatory work for the event.
Special thanks go to all the respective Club Officials/Members who voluntarily marshalled the course and officiated at the start/finish.
Westward Ho! Meeting: Excellent inter club and inter league co-operation to produce a good morning of cross country running. The Under 11 Race was a super affair with 150 starters! PHOTOS NOW LOADED ONTO THE GALLERY PAGE CLICK HERE FOR A FULL REPORT
Arlington Report: No winds to force a cancellation this year and excellent conditions saw some really good fast running from an impressive turnout of 350+ runners. Under 9 Girls: Amber Drake once again pushed from the start and was rewarded by another first position from Freya Woodhead (St Marys Bideford) who still retains the overall points title and leads a very strong Marwood School team. Maisie Stevens (Unattached) had a particularly good run to move up to 7th while Isabella Holmes (Woolacombe) has shown steady round by round improvement 19th - 10th - 9th. Well done to Connie Sykes (St Magarets), Molly Quinn (Goodleigh) and Charlotte Spencer (Bradworthy) who all improved by at least 15 places!! Marwood lead the team stakes - a great effort for such a small school but they have to be right on form for the rest of the season as Bradworthy and West Buckland are very close behind......... Under 9 Boys: Who dares chase Christopher Oliveira (NDAC) ....... well, everyone set off at a stonking early fast pace but when everything settled down another very impressive front run saw Christopher win by 40 seconds this time round - he clearly relished the extra distance and finished very fast indeed! Behind him the very consistent Jack Barrow (Bratton Fleming) was another to impress with a very sensible run to hold off the improved Cassius Beeton (Caen) while a gaggle of almost a dozen battling youngsters piled in over the next 10 seconds. NDAC have a healthy lead but cannot afford to slip up at Westward Ho! as West Buckland, Monkleigh and Bradworthy will punish any slip up. Under 11 Girls: A real upset looked possible as a very brave Maisie Bell (NDAC) led the field with less than two minutes to run but the experience of the chasing group as she faded to 5th in the final field provided an appreciative crowd with a mighty impressive battle over the final 500 metres. Undefeated league leader Bethany Gay (Shirwell/NDAC) was not to be denied as her patience was again rewarded by victory over the talented all rounder Isabelle Beer (Monkleigh/NDAC) while Lilian Clopet (NDAC), returning after injury, really did put her mark down for the last two races with a close third place. Georgia Evans (NDAC), making her debut in the league, looks to have great promise for the future while Betsy Baldaro (NDAC) again showed great stamina. Ailis Temple-Thurston (Monkleigh) and Isobella Lawson (Shirwell/NDAC) possbly found the longer course challenging but, just like the rest of the top 8 runners, are capable of winning on their day in what is a very high standard age group. There were some interesting new comers in this race and we await their progress as several show real potential. The team stakes are interesting as NDAC won today but it's Monkleigh and Shirwell who are separated by just two points overall at the top of the team order. Under 11 Boys: William Pengelly (NDAC) once again took the race by storm and won comfortably; he showed sensible pacing and won very much as he wished. However, he was chased hard by Henry Richards (Kingsley) and the much improved Charlie Pilkington (Bideford AAC) but three to also catch the eye were Kyle Pearson (NDAC), Theo Plaza (NDAC) and Finn Phillips (Goodleigh/NDAC) who are all improving with each race. Aidan Barrow (Bratton Fleming) was not at his best on the day but he and the group of Ben Tolson (Monkleigh School), Wilbur Guildford (West Buckland) and Liam McQueen-Mason (Unattached) must believe they are capable of challenging today's leaders when on form - a high quality race! With three in the first five home NDAC dominate the team order with their B team, West Buckland and St Mary's locked in battle for the other leading team medals. Under 13 Girls: Jasmine Stone (Exeter Harriers) was back to form and comfortably held off Millie Ayres (Park/NDAC) who had impressively beaten her at Coxleigh Barton earlier in the month. Lotte Taylor (Park/NDAC) maintained her reliable consistency in third while fourth placer Abbi Oscroft (NDAC) caught the eye, finishing strongly with her best run of the season. Mia Morris and Daisy Cotton (both West Buckland) have bags of potential and with regular training could make a real breakthrough at this level. Team Park convincingly won again from WBS and NDAC. Under 13 Boys: Talented Adam Leworthy (NDAC) gets better with every race; his confidence comes from success racing regularly at the next level and he enjoyed an impressive 24 second cushion over training partner and North Devon Schools Yr 7 champion George Thomas (NDAC/WBS) who in turn got the better of the slightly off form pair of Dylan Dayman (NDAC) and Cohen Phillips (Bideford AAC) who both ran so well early in the season - continue to train hard lads, your time will come. I was not at all surprised to see Nathan Adams (Unattached) claim third place - he had run so impressively at WBS in the North Devon Schools only the previous Friday. It is good to see Bideford AAC youngsters out in force - they pushed NDAC hard in the team order and will look forward to home course advantage in January at Northam Burrows. Under 15 Girls: Shae Miles (NDAC) is really in form at the moment as she chased the U13 Boys and built a 30 second winning cushion over team mate Eliza Banbury while Issy Edworthy (Bude Rats) just held off Fiona Corrick (West Buckland) and Harriet Turner (NDAC) for third place. Under 15 Boys: Hamish James (NDAC) really is in a different class at this level as he won by 75 secs from the talented Finley Ball (NDAC) but Flynn Jennings (Bideford AAC) caught the eye with by far his best run of the season in third. Women: U17W Evee May Banbury (NDAC), running well within herself, showed a clean pairs of heels to her elders with a two minute advantage over team mate W40 Cath Stibbs who has a 2hr53min Marathon time to her name. Helen Stevenson (St Margarets) maintained her grip in the overall stakes, just holding off W55 Marilyn Blair (Torrington). Great to see so many mums tackling this race - a tough course for many of you!(?) Men: U17M Euan Kernahan and Callum Cholues (both NDAC) got well away from the rest of the field on the second lap and had a comfortable 50 secs margin at the line from a gaggle of South Molton Srugglers led home by Jack Batchelor and Paul Cooke. The ever consistent Gary Suggate (Bideford AAC) grabbed third, inflicting a rare defeat on Stuart Boon (St Marys)
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Kingsley Report: Many thanks to the Kingsley School Staff and Parents' Association for so ably hosting the first match of the season. Thanks also to the NDAC UKA Officials and parents/friends for working so diligently on the Race HQ/Registration. It requires great patience and no little sense of humour to accurately hand out 400 numbers and register over 120 late entries - all within a 60 minute time slot!! Well done all of you - the league simply cannot take place without such efficient volunteers.
1/10/16 STOP PRESS: The results have been amended slightly for reflect errors in the U9 Girls and Senior Mens races
Work on a fabulous new all-weather pitch prevented us using 'Hill 60' through the trees out of the valley at the far end of the rugby pitches - possibly to the relief of some runners(!) - but, with a few adjustments to the start and run out we had the usual great course - hilly, twisty, plenty of awkward adverse camber and a few wet parts caused by overnight rain..
Under 9 Girls: This first race is always something of a lottery as, for so many youngsters this is their first experience of racing. While Freya Woodhead (ST Mary's Bideford) stormed away in the second half of the race to win comfortably, behind her two of youngest girls in the race Isabelle Roome (Marwood/NDAC) and and Emily Stapleton (WBS) grabbed 3rd and 4th though Pheobe McKellar (attached) hung on to 2nd in front of them on the run in. Marwood, one of the smallest schools, won the team honours while just 7pts separated St Mary's, Bradworthy and Holywell. 57 runners / 11 teams finished the race
Under 9 Boys: During the summer track season Christopher Oliveira (NDAC) had shown great courage in front running to several entertaining victories over 600m on the track, setting impressive times. The new start at Kingsley suited him and the rest were playing 'catch up' after only 500 metres - his victory by 30 seconds was mightily impressive in a 6 minute race! Behind him some runners paid for their attempt to chase him while others came through well in the latter stages having held back in the early part of the race - all good experience! Alfie Sealey (Shebbear) who just held off Jack Barrow (Bratton Fleming) will hope to put home course advantage to good effect in the next race. West Buckland held off Monkleigh and NDAC for team honours. 61 runners / 14 teams finished the race
Under 11 Girls: Some race this one! Ailis Temple -Thurston (Monkleigh/NDAC) and debut runner Livi Walker (NDAC) set off very strongly and after 1000m a surprise really did look on the cards as 2015-16 U11G champion Bethany Gay (Shirwell/NDAC) was well back in about 10th place but her extra experience and great determination over the last kilometre saw her gain a richly deserved 16 secs victory. A tiring Ailis hung on well for 2nd as training partners Isobelle Beer (Monkleigh/NDAC) and Isabella Lawson (Shirwell/NDAC) chased hard for 3rd and 4th. This is a very strong age group in the North Devon area and we are going to be entertained to some great racing over the coming months. 50 runners / 11 teams finished. Monkleigh just held on to team honours by 1 point from Shirwell with NDAC claiming the next 3 team positions!
Under 11 Boys: All round sportsman Henry Richards (Kingsley Juniors) was probably the most impressive winner of the day as he stormed though the field in the second half of the race to hold off a talented group containing Charlie Pilkington (Bideford AAC), Will Jennings (Bude Rats), Aiden Barrow (Bratton Fleming) and Kyle Pearson (NDAC). There were some sterling performances from last year's Under 9s, non more so than Theo Plaza (NDAC), Ben Beer (Berrynabour) and Saul Barraclough (Bude Rats) - well done lads!! Despite missing their number one runner to injury on the day NDAC took team honours from West Buckland and St Mary's but such is the spread of talent in this age group that huge place changes would not be surprising as the season progresses. 70 runners / 15 teams finished.
Under 13 Girls: Jasmine Stone (Exeter Harriers) was chased hard by Millie Ayres (Park/NDAC) but held on to her early lead right to the end with a very strong victory. The rest of the top order in the field were strung out fairly equally over the next half minute as Mia Morris (West Buckland) held off Elena Christley (Bdeford AAC), triathlete Skye Pirie (Park), Abbi Oscroft (NDAC) and the West Buckland team mates Chloe Parry and Daisy Cotton with Kingsley's Bella Richards just behind. With several NDAC runners loyally representing their schools in preparation for next week's ESAA Cup first round matches in Somerset, West Buckland grabbed team honours from Park School with NDAC in 3rd and 4th. A pleasing 31 runners / 4 teams finished
Under 13 Boys: Just 19 finishers and 3 teams finished this race though the racing was very competitive with Dylan Dayman (NDAC) having a good tussle with team mate Adam Leeworthy before the latter moved away in the final 800m to a comfortable win. Cohen Phillips (Bideford AAC), last year's U11 overall runner up closed well to claim 3rd place. Top cyclist Nathan Adams (Pilton/NDAC) had his best run for a long time for 4th. NDAC took team honours from the improving Bideford AAC squad.
Under 15 Girls: Early season form over the country bore no reflection to the recent summer track season results as NDAC's Shae Miles, Eliza Banbury and Ella Fraser-Smith turned the tables on their experienced team mate Harriet Turner with Sophie Heddon showing the depth of the Braunton's squad with a very strong run in 5th.
Under 15 Boys: As expected Hamish James led home a group three NDAC runners who chose very different tactics ... while Alex Walker bravely took on the talented James but faded in the second half of the race. Finley Ball bode his time before coming through to a comfortable second place. NDAC closed teams in the top two positions
COLLECTION OF NUMBERS AND PAYMENT PROCEDURE: On arrival go to the League Noticeboard and check for your allocated number - runners are listed alphabetically. Then proceed to Race HQ/Registration which is in the Kingsley School tent at the front of Belvoir House (Next to the start/finish areas). Join the appropriate queue which will be clearly marked) to pay and to collect your number.
STOP PRESS: Sunday 25.9.16 A special plea - PLEASE follow entry procedures PLEASE enter on-line in the future Today's 120+ late entries will have to be manually entered into the results programme - this will take about 3 hours!
ENTRIES NOW OPEN FOR THE NEXT MEETING AT SHEBBEAR COLLEGE ON SUNDAY 16TH OCTOBER
LEAGUE DATES still left for 2016/17 SEASON
Race 6: Sunday 5th February West Buckland (Hosts West Buckland School) First race at 10am Presentations from 11:40am PLEASE REMEMBER MEDALS NEED TO BE COLLECTED ON FINALS DAY AND THERE IS NO FACILITY AVAILABLE FOR AWARDS TO BE SENT ON
STOP PRESS at Monday 15th August Welcome on board Bideford AAC as hosts of our Janury 2017 League Meeting which will held in conjunction with the Westward League at Northam Burrows, Westward Ho!
Photographs courtesy of John Grover, Steve Choules and Callum Choules
Very many thanks to everyone involved with the league during the 2014-15 season - whether they were race hosts or caterers, sponsors, officials, teachers, coaches, relations or friends of runners - you all play your part in what is a worthwhile North Devon Community initiative.
Just added below a nice series of presentation photos courtesy of Jennie Hayes. Also click on the MORE button at the top of the Home page and then Photo Gallery to view more photos courtesy of Jenny Hayes and Neil Phillips
OVERALL INDIVIDUAL LEAGUE WINNERS
Isobelle Beer (Monkleigh School)
Under 9 Girls Winner:
Henry Richards (Kingsley School) U9 Boys League Winner
Ella Henry-Brock (Bude Rats) Under 11 Girls Winner
Henry Cooper (West Buckland School) Under 11 Boys Winner
Jack Dutton (North Devon AC) Under 13 Boys Champion
Eliza Banbury (North Devon AC) Under 13 Girls Champion
Callum Choules (North Devon AC) Under 15 Boys Champion
Evee-May Banbury (North Devon AC) Under 15 Girls Champion
I wonder if the two on the right will still be fighting it out in their sixties!!
We love running!! We love our Dad trying his best!
Gliddon & Squire North Devon Cross Country League 2014-15 FINAL RACE REPORT: West Buckland School
Yet another tremendous morning of racing. The weather was not particularly kind to us - strong winds made the going difficult but with several overall titles on the line there was great racing at all levels. It's always a nice feeling to win a trophy - but not everyone can aspire to even the occasional victory - everyone who completes four races in the NDXC League does win a commemorative medal for their efforts - something to remember the stresses and strains of challenging oneself; it's the least we can offer as a reward. Some folk are very serious about their running, undertaking regular hard training sessions and even competing outside the immediate North Devon area but many others 'just get a buzz from turning up and giving it go!' For those just starting out a happy face at the end and some cheery encouragement along the way is all they need. Well done to all those runners who get their enjoyment from trying their best! Here's the proof!!?
UNDER 9 GIRLS RACE:A tremendous 1-2 for Shirwell girls Bethany Gay and Isabella Lawson secured team victory on the day but the overall team trophy was just one point beyond their grasp as Monkleigh took a well deserved victory. Isobelle Beer led her winning Monkleigh team with a series of outstanding individual performances and her individual overall title was only decided by her 3 race wins to Bethany's two with Isabella a clear 3rd. Ailis Temple-Thurston ran very consistently throughout the race series and thoroughly deserved her 4th place overall. Mia Fordham scored the same points as training partner Chloe Sheppard but secured 5th by virtue of her marginally better head to head placings. Yet again there were over 60 finishers. UNDER 9 BOYS RACE: Henry Richards (Kingsley) proved a worthy overall individual champion with another win in the final race as the first six runners finished very close together to illustrate the competitiveness in this age group. Henry built up his season and benefited from being able to discard his one early season below par performance while Bratton Fleming's Aiden Barrow (2nd placed overall), having dominated the first two races, could not quite repeat his fantastic performances at Kingsley and WBS 1. William Pengelly (Orchard Vale), William Guildford (WBS), Finnn Phillips (Landkey) and Kyle Pearson (Sticklepath) were all capable of victory on their day. Convincing team league winners were the very strong Orchard Vale outfit of Pengelly, Barraball and Priest while North Devon AC just held off WBS by 7pts for second. UNDER 11 GIRLS RACE: An unbeaten season speaks volumes for Widmouth Bay based overall winner Ella Henry-Brock's (Bude Rats) dominance of this age group. Congratulations on your superb running. The talented Millie Ayres (St Margarets) placed 2nd overall and led her team to victory by just 3pts as West Buckland and North Devon AC shared the honours in 2nd place with the same points. Tiverton Harrier Eve Nugent ran consistently for 3rd overall, holding off the group of Chloe Parry (WBS); Abbi Oscroft (NDAC), Sophie Evans (St Margarets) and Isobelle Tanner (Bishops Tawton). Lotte Taylor (Westfield) only contested two races but looks to have great potential while of those still in the same age group next season Jess Dutton and Indiana Stephenson (Both NDAC), Daisy Cotton and Ellie Prickett (both WBS) performed consistently and will be a strong force next winter. UNDER 11 BOYS RACE: Henry Cooper (West Buckland), fresh from 3rd in the SW Champs U11 Development race at Bicton maintained his grip on the league title with his 4th victory. The tussle for places behind him was intense with race series honours shared. Jacob Stevenson (St Margarets) was the most consistent performer and his 1x2nd, 2x3rds, and a 4th just managed to see off Dylan Dayman (NDAC) who enjoyed 2x2nds in his season and Rupert Pocock (Orchard Vale) who looked by far the strongest runner in the second half of the season despite his relatively poor first two races. In the absence of Cooper at Arlington Rupert had a great win on a tough course. Adam Leworthy (Bideford AAC) built up his form after a modest start to the season and with Cohen Phillips (Landkey), Callum Hill (NDAC), plus Jamie Milsom and Oliver McQuillan (both St Margarets) there was plenty of talent in this age group. North Devon AC just got the better of St Margarets for the team title while West Buckland were third. UNDER 13 GIRLS RACE: While Charlotte Sutton (NDAC), known more for her sprinting/hurdling record, was a very impressive winner of the last race of the league season by almost 10 seconds it was three race winner Eliza Banbury (NDAC) who came into the last race needing only to finish in the top 6 positions to secure the individual title which she did with ease. Fiona Corrick (West Buckland) has been one of the most consistent runners in the first half of the winter and although she tied on points with Sophie Heddon (NDAC) it was this consistency which gave her the edge in the head to head contest for 2nd overall. NDAC training friends Shae Miles and Harriet Turner were a close 4th/5th while the strength of the training group resulted in NDAC claiming first and second team spots with West Buckland and Kingsley a little way behind. The standard of this league has been very promising and the turn out the most consistent from non-club athletes which is very encouraging indeed. Keep training hard - the improvements will soon come. UNDER 13 BOYS RACE: Hamish James (NDAC) had been threatening to produce a victory and following a really good run last week in the SW Champs he really did run well for a 10 second victory over league champion Jack Dutton (NDAC) who sat safely on his well deserved unbeatable points total coming into the last race. Hamish had to settle for 3rd overall as Alex Walker (NDAC), who had won at Kingsley and placed 2nd twice just piped him on head to head record. Despite only getting into racing last November Sid Baldaro (Pilton School) ran strongly for yet another 3rd place and would undoubtedly have secured a top 6 overall league position if he had been able to run in either of the first two races. Oakley Sharp (Torrington) and William Figes (Park School) were the only runners to get amongst NDAC who won the team title in fine fashion from their own B team. UNDER 15 GIRLS RACE: Anna Downes (Chulmleigh Academy/Exeter Harriers) has clearly benefited from regular training and is beginning to show some really outstanding form. She decimated the field by 32secs with league winner Evee-May Banbury (NDAC) secure in the knowledge that she having won the first four races of the league she could not be overtaken. These two will look be looking to qualify for Devon next Saturday but they contest separate races at the Devon Schools Champs at Stover School. Annebelle Heath (West Buckland) and Erin Sylvester (NDAC) have both run consistently and finish 3rd and 4th respectively in the league. NDAC were worthy team winners. UNDER 15 BOYS RACE: Callum Choules (NDAC) continued his excellent winter season with another win over training partner Euen Kernahan (NDAC) - these talented lads will both be looking to qualify for Devon Schools next weekend, as will Kyle Darragh (NDAC) who has been running particularly well over the past few weeks. NDAC won the Team title with maximum points. UNDER 17/20 RACES: Amie Walker (NDAC) was an impressive winner of the girls race but it was the consistency of Nancy Pennington (Bideford College), Megan Hamilton (Park School) and Zoe Bodinetz (Kingsley) who secured the overall league positions as only these three completed the requisite 4 qualifying races. Kieran Bidwell (Pilton School) won again and with two wins and two second places secured the league title from Sam Riccard (Unattached), another runner who has run in every race this season. Well done lads! SENIOR WOMENS' RACE: Numbers were much lower than for any of the previous races this season. While first home was Rosemary Terribile (NDAC), who was running a guest, the winner on the day was the much improved Sarah Sheppard (North Devon RR) who had built up a good lead on overall league winner Karen Gear (Unattached) by the finish. The improving Dawn Crabb (Unattached) finished strongly for third and 2nd overall in the league. NDAC retained their team title. SENIOR MENS' RACE: Phil Norman (NDAC) won for the third time, this time by over two minutes, to secure the overall league title with ease. Tim Reed (NDAC) followed up his 4th place at Arlington with second at West Buckland closely followed by Adrian Hill (Unattached) in 3rd. He had watched his sons run to top 10 finishes in earlier races and his 3rd place overall in the league was his second individual G&S top six medal in the last 35 years - what a memory! Grand job Adrian and congratulations!! The very consistent Gary Suggate (Bideford AAC) had already secured 2nd place in the league while M55 Vet Mike Baddick rose to 4th overall with 4th today to just pip clubmate Matt Dutton by 2pts! 6th was Peter Rigler (Bideford AAC) and 7th Dom Smallwood (Horwood Harriers). NDAC edged out Bideford for the team title with Horwood Harriers 3rd.
2.12.14 Over 3000 hits on the website over the past three days - it's working! 30.11.14 Many thanks to the Choules family and Graham Berry for preparing a great course at Arlington Court today and to the many NDAC helpers over the past couple of days who officiated, marked/cleared the course and generally made the event run smoothly. A real team effort! Sue Richards(Starter) , Mark Brace(First Aid) , Graham Berry (Recorder), Sally Pope (Recorder), Elizabeth & Geoff Williams (Timekeepers), Henry Banbury, Susan Fraser-Smith, Kate Moore, Kate Rees, Sue Gear, Callum & Jordan Choules, Tracey Choules, Robert Cooper with apologies if I've missed anyone out. THANKS ALSO TO ALL YOU VISITORS WHO TOOK ALL YOUR LITTER AWAY WITH YOU - A GREAT HELP . A big 'THANK YOU' to the National Trust for permitting use of their grounds for the event.
LOST PROPERTY: A hoodie with SW Inter Counties Champs logo and a Football tracksuit top was left on the course.
U13 Girls Leaders
1.12.14 Some great racing yesterday at idyllic Arlington Court on a really fast and demanding course. Congratulations to all those who took part! Record spectators support and perfect weather too!! NOW ... where's all those photos this week? Numbers continue to rise each month which is really pleasing. Under 9 Girls Race: Bethany Gay was back to winning ways and Isabella Lawson, another Shirwell School pupil, just got the better of Isobelle Beer (Monkleigh) the current overall leader of the league on the run in to ensure a Shirwell team victory. Chloe Sheppard (NDAC) enjoyed her best race of the season as she claimed 4th spot while several runners made 10 place improvements over last month's race position - well done!! Under 9 Boys Race: Yet another fiercely contested race saw Henry Richards (Kingsley) again hold off overall league leader Wilbur Guildford (WBS) while Kyle Pearson (Sticklepath) had a terrific battle with Aidan Barrow (Bratton Fleming) and William Pengelly (Orchard Vale) before securing 3rd. Under 11 Girls Race: Ella Henry-Brock (Bude Rats) continued to handle the pressure of race favourite by establishing early leads and today was no different. In the end she was a comfortable winner but Millie Ayres (St Margarets)) chased her hard and was just 7secs down at the finish - a very impressive effort Millie. Eve Nugent (Tiverton) just got the better of Sophie Evans (St Margarets) for 3rd after a race long battle. Jess Dutton (NDAC) had her best result of the season in just holding off the consistent Imogen Lang (Newport) for 8th place. While the 1st and 2nd overall places appear assured this league is by far the most competitive as at least 6 runners from Oscroft/Parry/Evans/Tanner/Dutton/Cotton/Richards who with exceptional runs could claim the 3rd place trophy - much will depend on the positions at West Buckland in January. Under 11 Boys Race: In the absence of runaway leader leader Henry Cooper this turned out to be a very different type of competition as a largish group stayed together for two thirds of the race. Rupert Pocock (Orchard Vale) took his chance well to secure a 4 secs victory over Jacob Stevenson (St Margarets) with George Thomas (WBS) a close third. St Margarets and NDAC are locked in battle for the team title and victory will go to whichever fields their strongestteam at WBS next month. The race for the individual overall lead is very tight with six runners in contention but Henry Cooper (WBS) already has 3 wins under his belt and provided he races in January will only require a top ten finish Under 13 Girls Race: With league leader Eliza Banbury (NDAC) unable to compete what a dramatic race ensued with the form book being turned upset down - just goes to show what a great little NDAC training group they all are. Sprinter Charlotte Sutton decided to lead off strongly; as the early pace proved tough only Shae Miles (NDAC), Fiona Corrick (WBS), Harriet Turner (NDAC), Ella Fraser-Smith (NDAC) and Sophie Heddon (NDAC) were able to stay with it. Miles broke away on the hill during the second lap and entering final straight looked to have the race in her grasp only for Heddon to find another gear and overhaul her just before the finish line - what a superbly timed finish. The ever consistent Corrick claimed 3rd just in front of Fraser-Smith who is really beginning to make giant strides following injury while Sutton found the energy to charge past Turner over the last 30 metres. As expected NDAC dominated the team race. Under 13 Boys Race: Jack Dutton (NDAC) enjoyed another win, using his finishing speed to good effect but there was a great little race behind him as Alex Walker (NDAC) looks back to form as he held off Hamish James (NDAC) and Sid Baldaro (Unattached). NDAC closed teams in the first three positions. Under 15 Girls Race: Evee-May Banbury (NDAC) had a comfortable 20 secs win over Anna Downs (Chulmleigh) who will be pleased to get the better of talented 3rd placed Annabelle Heath (WBS). They will all do battle in the North Devon Schools Champs at West Buckland next Friday (first race 12:15pm) Under 15 Boys Race: Another sublime run by Callum Choules (NDAC) who opened up a 30secs advantage over Euan Kernahan (NDAC) and Kyle Darraghby the finish with teammates Miles Rees, Sammy Watts and Seth Nobes close behind. The Senior Ladies Race was won once again by Marilyn Blair (Torrington) but not before U20 Aime Walker (NDAC) had burned up the first two laps. Sarah Shepherd (NDRR) continuing her good form for 2nd SW with the improving Dawn Crabb (NDAC) securing 3rd. Senior Mens Race: Ronnie Richmond (Bideford) was in a class of his own winning the race by 2 minutes from clubmate Gary Suggate who in turn now leads the overall individual listings. Adrian Hill (Unattached) had another solid race in 3rd holding off Tim Reed (NDAC) and Mike Baddick (NDAC).
The final league race is at West Buckland School on Sunday 11th January 2015
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS TO ALL NORTH DEVON RUNNERS & FAMILIES
16.11.14: Great racing at Shebbear today! Many thanks to our hosts led by Fiona Goode and Mike Furber for providing us all with such a good course made all the more testing by recent wet weather, the best bacon baps ever and the cheapest hot drinks in Devon - brilliant hospitality!!
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U13 Boys Leading six runners
U15 Girls Winners
U9 Girls 1st and 2nd
U13 Girls Winners
Shebbear report 16.11.14 Wow! what a great turnout again ......
The Primary Schools races were slightly down on numbers, undoubtedly affected by the horrible virus going around North Devon at the moment; but the standard of racing was again good and the competition very fierce. The Under 9 Girls Race was dominated from 'the off' by Isobelle Beer (Monkleigh) who enjoyed a 14 secs advantage by the finish and maintained her 100% win rate this season. She was followed home by the steadily improving Mia Fordham (Orchard Vale) and Lulu Goaman (Kingsley) while a gaggle of 6 runners crossed the line within the next 10 secs. Freya Darling missed the start but bravely worked her way from the back of the field to 14th - a great effort! Monkleigh continue to lead the team order with West Buckland and NDAC close together for 2nd/3rd/4th. In the Under 9 Boys Race Henry Richards (Kingsley) returned to winning ways as second placer Wilbur Guildford (West Buckland), who leads the league overall, fell metres from the line while vying for a win. Kyle Pearson (Sticklepath), who has been running well well in the Park Run series lately, made an impressive debut in this league securing third place. Luke Freeman (NDAC) led his team to victory as he continues to improve with each race. Lucas Hill (Marwood) showed the most improvement over his last race - 29th up to 16th. Good job! Orchard Vale closed three teams and will take some catching for overall team title. The Under 11 Girls Race was another comfortable 9 secs victory for Ella Henry-Brock (Bude Rats) with Millie Ayres (St Margarets) repeating her 2nd place and newcomer Lotte Taylor (Westcroft) displaying great determination to secure 3rd. With 3 in the first 12 finishers West Buckland maintained their grip on the team title with NDAC and St Margarets finishing equal second. St Margaret's duo Elena Christley 35th up to 15th and Madison Tate 34th up to 21st showed huge improvements this month. The Under 11 Boys Race saw an impressive Henry Cooper (West Buckland) maintain his hold on the individual title with his third consecutive win but not before his NDAC training partner Dylan Dayman had chased him hard in the middle part of the race. Adam Leeworthy (Bideford AAC) took third after quite a tussle with Cohen Phillips and Rupert Pocock while the fast finishing Callum Hill (NDAC) made a huge monthy improvement from 14th to 6th as did Harry Brown (Shebbear) ten places up to 9th this month. Toby Watts (West Buckland) improved yet again, up from 43rd in the first race to 21st today. The talented group of NDAC runners maintained their grip on the team honours. Once again Eliza Banbury (NDAC) led the field home in the Under 13 Girls race on her home course with another comfortable victory while Fiona Corrick (West Buckland) continues to steadily improve as she held off Shae Miles and Sophie Heddon (both NDAC) for second. Good to see Ella Fraser-Smith back running in 5th following injury. The Under 13 Boys race was convincingly won by Jack Dutton (NDAC) with his strong surge breaking up the field over the last kilometre while a very strong finish by Hamish James (NDAC) saw off the challenge of Sid Baldero (Unattached) who was racing for only the second time, having recently run Dutton close in the Stevenson Shield at Torrington. Not content with his morning run this talented cyclist then pedalled the 30 miles home for his normal Sunday morning training session! Very impressive. Evee-May Banbury (NDAC) won the Under 15 Girls race but it was the much improved Anna Downs (Chulmleigh) who took second from track specialist Annabelle Heath (West Buckland) with Cyra Braunton (Park) and a host of NDAC runners close behind. Callum Choules (NDAC) was another convincing winner in the Under 15 Boys race with training partner Euan Kernahan close behind. Talented footballer Kyle Darragh (NDAC) showed great cross code potential with a very strong run in 3rd.
Interesting snippets ....... Family competition: The Sheppard family (Kevin 1st SM; Sarah 2nd SW; Kaitlin 10th U11 Girls and Chloe 6th U9 Girls) had finishers in four separate age groups. The Choules family did the same at West Buckland too! Have I missed other similar feats?
Great cross county conditions!!??
The Senior races saw both high quality and tactical racing - what a great spectacle for the youngsters to see two top quality steeplechasers plying their trade in the mud. Despite a real push on the third of four laps Phil Norman (NDAC), who had won the first two league races very convincingly, still had company as Kevin Sheppard (Unattached); an 8min 36secs 3k 'chaser just 8 years ago, found the strength to ease to victory while the almost 3 minute gap to the 3rd placer Gary Suggate (Bideford AAC), who had a race long battle with Matt Dutton (NDAC), revealed how hard the leaders had battled. Marilyn Blair (Torrington) belied her years by front running the Womens' race with Sarah Sheppard (North Devon RR) just getting the better of Karen Gear in 2nd.
17.10.14 WBS update: Apologies to Senior Mens 2nd placer Gary Suggate (Bideford AAC) who was missed off the original results and did not feature in the first race report. Also the North Devon Journal has inadvertently listed not just those who ran but also the whole entry list! The website clearly shows the correct results with no finish positions or times shown for those who did not run. Apologies for any confusion.
A cool, misty start to the day gave way to sunshine by start time and 450 north Devon runners made their way to West Buckland for Race 2 in the G&S NDXCL Series. The Under 9 Girls result once again saw Isobelle Beer (Monkleigh) just hold off Bethany Gay (Shirwell) but this time Mimi Heath (West Buckland) and Isabella Lawson (Shirwell) were very close behind in 3rd and 4th. Ella Pile (Newport) ran her first race of the season and looks a promising runner with more experience while Mia Fordham (NDAC) continues to improve steadily. A spirited run from Rebecca Norman (a 10 place improvement) ensured Shirwell reversed team positions to overcome Monkleigh this time round. Largest race to race imporovement was by Ellie Dayman (Sticklepath) who gained 17 places on her performance at Kingsley. The Under 9 Boys race result went very much to form though winner Aidan Barrow (Bratton Fleming) was almost caught on the line by Wilbur Guildford who was running on his home course. Finn Phillips (Landkey) made a very promising debut in 3rd before a host of runners piled in over the next few seconds. It was good to see lots of new runners in this age group. Orchard Vale, who fielded four teams (brilliant!!) retained the lead in the team order with West Buckland holding on to 2nd and NDAC improving to 3rd. The Under 11 Girls race was another emphatic win for Ella Henry-Brock (Bude Rats) who front ran a 12 secs victory. Millie Ayres (St Margarets) improved to 2nd while Tiverton Harrier Ellie Nugent ran well for 3rd. St Margarets won the team race by just 1pt with West Buckland and NDAC tied for second. This contest will be very interesting as the season progresses! Henry Cooper (West Buckland) and training partner Joe Hill (NDAC) had a clear lead in the Under 11 Boys race with Henry repeating his Kingsley victory by just 3 secs in a fiercely contested race between friends while Jacob Stevenson (St Margarets) just held off much improved George Jones (NDAC) with last year's Under 9 League winner Noah Pearce (Braunton FC) chasing him home. NDAC enjoy a comfortable lead over St Margarets and West Buckland in the team order. Largest race to race improvement was by Jamie Milsom (St Margarets) up 23 places - well done!! Numbers were slightly disappointing in the Under 13 age groups after encouraging signs at Kingsley. The Under 13 Girls race was again dominated by the talented Eliza Banury (NDAC) while 2nd place was grabbed by Charlotte Sutton (NDAC) who tops the 2014 UK Rankings over 200m! Harriet Turner (NDAC) just held off Fiona Corrick (West Buckland) while NDAC dominated the team race with their B team also holding off West Buckland for 2nd. The Under 13 Boys race saw a change of tactics by winner Jack Dutton (NDAC) who waited before using his 800m speed to overtake Race 1 winner Alex Walker (NDAC) while Hamish James ran a brilliant race to hold off NDAC teammate Finley Ball. The Under 15 age groups were dominated by Club runners with Callum Choules (NDAC) continuing his impressive summer form on the track while Euan Kernahan and fellow NDAC team mate Kyle Darragh had a quite a scrap in 2nd and 3rd. Evee-May Banbury (NDAC) enjoyed a 30 secs lead over the talented 800m specialist Annabel Heath (West Buckland) while NDAC held off West Buckland in the team race.
SENIOR RACE REPORTS Under 17/20 Men: Jonah Spencer (Kingsley) repeated his home course victory from Ellis Johnson (NDAC) and Josh Beer (Kingsley) Under 17/20 Women: Nancy Pennington had a comfortable win over Zoe Bodinetz Senior Women: Ex GB Junior 400m International Karen Gear enjoyed a comfortable 30 secs winning margin in the Senior Womens race. The Senior Mens Race saw Phil Norman (NDAC) once again use this race as a training run as he eased away from the opposition for a 90 secs win over Gary Suggate (Bideford AAC) who overhauled Paul Cooke (South Molton) with a strong second to his race. Adrian Hill (Unattached) came through strongly for 4th while Matt Dutton just got the better of fellow NDAC team mate Mike Baddick in 5th/6th.
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Kingsley Race updates ...........
U9 Girls Team Results: Correction: Monkleigh were missed off the list but actually WON!! Congratulations to all of their runners. U13 Girls Team Results: Correction: Bideford College finish 2nd team. Re designated runner.
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the first Gliddon & Squire North Devon Cross Country League race at Kingsley School. Standards were really high in most races and there was close competition throughout every race. It's very early in the season and levels of fitness will increase for those who play plenty of sport or do specific running training so no one can rest on their laurels come the next race. Good to see ex GB Junior International and 2007 ESAA Steeplechase winner Phil Norman (NDAC) returning to cross country and winning the Senior Mens' race. What a terrific battle between U9 Boys winner Aidan Barrow (Bratton Fleming) and local lad Henry Richards (Kingsley)! A repeat of that race next time around is eagerly awaited. A similar close finish in the U9 Girls race saw Isobelle Beer (Monkleigh) just holding off Bethany Gay and Isabella Lawson (both Shirwell). The measure of both victories at U11 level were no surprise as the very talented Ella Henry-Brock (Bude Rats) and Henry Cooper (NDAC/WBS) dominated their fields. Both runners-up ran slightly different races with NDAC's Dylan Dayman skillfully moving through the field while the diminutive Abi Oscroft held a respectable gap on the leader throughout her race as they both ran away from the rest. The U13 races saw a pleasing increase of runners from varied teams/schools which augurs well for the level of retention in the sport. Alex Walker just got the better of fast finishing Finlay Ball with training partner Jack Dutton just a step behind. Eliza Banbury blasted away from her NDAC group to show how well she runs on the country. Other winners: U15 Boy Callum Choules (NDAC/Park), U17 Men Kieran Bidwell (Park), U20 Men Jonah Sargeant (Kingsley); U15 Girls Evee-May Banbury (NDAC/Shebbear); U17 Nancy Pennington (Bideford Colle); U20 Women Amie Walker (NDAC); Sen Women Marilyn Blair (Torrington).
As in all sports, parental support is vital and the turnout of wasvery impressive. ALSO .... a very special thank you to the race marshalls from all the runners, teachers and coaches.
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