Monday 8.2.16: Congratulations to Jan Witheridge and Andrew Moore for hosting , yet again, a superb meeting at West Buckland School yesterday. The weather just held out too, a little respite for the youngsters who have endured such difficult conditions this winter. Thanks to all our host venues who all go out of their way to ensure a safe infrastructure for our local Cross Country League - without your support we could not provide regular local competition for our schools and clubs. Well done everyone who took part - there was lots of exciting racing with almost all of the younger age group titles being in the balance before yesterday's races while the private and team battles down the order provided quite some excitement. Thanks to Tracey and Steve Choules for organising the Presentation Ceremony, to the many officials and marshals who worked diligently at every meeting and to all the runners and parents for their patience in waiting for the results - apologies for any mistakes - the provisional results are below - as always email your corrections etc. to the webmaster by using the email link at the top of the page.
The meeting report follows the photographs which were kindly supplied by John Graver
Under 9 Girls: Isabella Lawson (Shirwell) maintained her 100% undefeated record to win by 20 seconds from the ever consistent Lulu Goaman (Kingsley) while Millie Wivell (Kingsley) bagged 3rd with yet another strong performance. Behind them Betsy Baldaro (NDAC) caught the eye continuing her race by race improvement. Despite several of their runners loyally running for their schools NDAC won the team title from Shirwell School with NDAC B team in third, just holding off a really strong effort from the Monkleigh School girls. Under 11 Girls: Four-win Bethany Gay (NDAC) enjoyed another comfortable victory but Elena Christley (St Margarets), Isobelle Beer and Ailis Temple-Thurston (both Monkleigh) will have been encouraged by being able to hold the margin to 10 seconds on this occasion though I suspect Bethany may have got away early and run comfortably. Indiana Stephenson (NDAC) had her best run of the winter. One noticeable fact about this age group is the high standard at the top end and the fact that, despite the finish order changing very little race by race, the finish times are much closer. Under 13 Girls: The incredible depth in the NDAC squad rewarded them with first and second teams but they were pushed hard by the enthusiastic Bude Rats and Park School. Eliza Banbury (NDAC) followed her impressive run in the SW Schools in Cheltenham the day before with a 15 second win from team-mates Shae Miles and Ella Fraser-Smith while Ella Henry-Brock (Bude Rats) beginning to regain her impressive 2015 form, was 4th. It is good to see so many competing in this age group, and from a large number of different teams – keep racing girls …… you are all improving. Under 15 Girls Anna Downs (Exeter Harriers), fresh from 25th a year young in the SW Schools Champs at a very muddy Pitteville Park in Cheltenham was a convincing winner while second and third placers Erin Silvester (NDAC) and Fiona Corrick (WBS) will have been pleased to get the better of the talented Harriet Turner (NDAC) on this occasion although Harriet’s impressive form before Christmas ensured second overall from Fiona. Under 9 Boys: This was a ‘winner takes all’ race as the very determined Theo Plaza (NDAC) just got the better of Finley Johnson (Appledore) to take the individual overall title with Ben Beer, Berrynabour’s sole competitor sealing third place with another determined run. NDAC took the team title from Appledore and St Mary’s. There really is very little to chose between the first 20 runners in this age group and the slightly longer distances in the U11 age group races will probably see a new face rise to the occasion and challenge the leaders next year. Under 11 Boys: George Thomas (WBS) was looking to drop his cold ridden nightmare run at Coxleigh Barton but still had to win on the day while Cohen Phillips (Bideford AAC) just needed to keep in front of George. Neither could have predicted that William Pengelly (Orchard Vale), who is a year younger, would push them so hard – exciting stuff!? It was George who held his nerve and used home course advantage to good effect to secure the vital win and overall champion. Cohen, so dominant at Coxleigh Barton and Kingsley had to be satisfied with second on the day while Will can look forward to running in this age group again next year. Archie Whitefield (Bude Rats) has been ‘Mr Consistency’ this season and thoroughly deserves his third place overall. Kyle Pearson (NDAC), another Year 5, Aiden Barrow (Bratton Fleming) and Will Collings (Bude Rats) have all had a great first season in running and the top 15 runners in this age group are well matched. Bideford AAC won the team title with Bude Rats close behind in the final reckoning with West Buckland third. Under 13 Boys: Another overall title hinging on the final race of the season! Finley Ball (NDAC) managed to sit on the tail of team mate Sid Baldaro despite regular surges and then used his experience and finish speed to gain a final 6 second win. Behind them Dylan Dayman (NDAC) and Henry Cooper (WBS), clearly not suffering from their energy sapping SW Schools run in heavy mud the day before, chased hard to within 10 seconds, belying their age disadvantage, for their best runs of the winter thus far. NDAC teams filled the first two places from the fast improving Bideford AAC outfit led by Adam Leworthy. Under 15 Boys: Hamish James (NDAC) led his team to victory with a ‘gun to tape’ front run.
11/1/16 Today's results from Coxleigh Barton Races now published - please email the webmaster if your have any queries. CONGRATULATIONS to all the runners who took part in today's really testing conditions on a fantastic, 'old fashioned course' made all the more difficult by by the recent wet weather. Well done Ian Page on designing and laying out the course.
THE LEAGUE WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS SINCERE THANKS TO THE GAY FAMILY AT COXLEIGH BARTON EQUESTRIAN CENTRE FOR MAKING EVERYONE SO WELCOME AND PROVIDING US WITH THE SUPERB INFRASTRUCTURE TO HOLD OUR RACES. Our thanks also go to the many helpers from Shirwell School and NDAC who gave up their time to be course marshals, car park stewards and meeting officials. Without your willing support the league simply could not happen!
Under 9 Girls: Isabella Lawson of Shirwell School clinched the individual league title with a 19 second win over the Kingsley pair of Lulu Goaman and Millie Wivell. These two will battle it out in the final league match at West Buckland next month to see who finishes second overall. Even without several athletes who were representing their schools team overall league honours went to NDAC who have an unassailable lead from Shirwell and Monkleigh. Under 9 Boys: It’s everything to play for in the final match with just 3 pts separating the top three runners. After a small blip at Shebbear Finlay Johnson of Appedore was back to his best with a comfortable victory while the impressive Max Standen from Sticklepath, who joined the league mid season, claimed another second place with a determined run to hold off the ever consistent Ben Beer of Berrynabour while it was the turn of Theo Plaza (NDAC) to be slightly off form on the day. Theo needs to beat Finlay in the last race but any slip could easily let in Ben for the individual title! NDAC look to have the team title sewn up but any weakness could be exploited by Appledore’s strength in depth. Good to see Shaun Barraclough (Bude) and Jack Barrow (Bratton Fleming) back to form following a small downturn at Shebbear. Interestingly, down the field there were some fluctuations to the established order and with just 14pts separating 5th-9th and 9pts between 10th and 14th the final race will be very important, especially since several higher order runners have still to complete their fourth race! Watch out for Liam McQueen-Mason (NDAC) and Williams Bliss (Appedore) at WBS. Under 11 Girls: Such was the performance by Bethany Gay on her home course that her winning margin was over 30secs as she skipped over the muddy surface. The early pace was so intense that several leading runners dropped out or dropped back down the order but by the finish second placer Ailis Temple Thurston (Monkleigh) had a 5 second advantage over Taryn Powe (St Margaret’s) who has improved with every race – well done Taryn! Isobelle Beer had by far her best race of the season in 4th and Flora Boyles (WBS) continues to move up the leader board and will no doubt be challenging for top 3 overall individual honours in the last race. Freya Darling (Marwood) obviously enjoys the mud as she improved again this time round and can be very pleased with her improvement from 20th in the opening race of the season. The potential overall team honours remain wide open with West Buckland, NDAC and Bradworthy Academy all in the hunt. Go for it at WBS! Under 11 Boys: Cohen Phillips (Bideford AAC) made little of recent injury to rival Bethany Gay for the outstanding performance of the day as he charged away from the field to enjoy a huge 21 second advantage at the finish line. NDAC training partners William Pengelly, running for Orchard Vale and Kyle Pearson had quite some battle before the older William made this advantage tell over the last 400 metres. The boys from Bude Rats confirmed their potential for the future as Archie Whitefield and the much improved Will Jennings, backed up by Will Collings in 10th took the team title. George Thomas (WBS) had an off day following illness and he will need to stay in front of Cohen Phillips on his home course next month to secure the league title. The potential finish order in this age group will be defined by last race performances with several runners looking to shed one relatively low score from an earlier race. Under 13 Girls: As expected, Eliza Banbury (NDAC) ran away from the rest of the girls, enjoying a 36second advantage by the finish line. Behind her Lotte Taylor (NDAC) had her best run of the season to hold off the usual strong run from clubmate Millie Ayres (running for Park School) while Abbi Oscroft (NDAC) floated over the mud to post her best ever finish in 4th. The final race next month will see the return of Shae Miles and Ella Fraser-Smith (both NDAC) who are one race behind and will pounce on any slip by the current leaders. NDAC again led the teams with Bude Rats pipping NDAC B and Park for second position. Again …. all to play for in the last race! Under 13 Boys: Sid Baldaro (NDAC) won again in the mud, this time by 31 seconds from Hector Darling (NDAC) who has made giant strides this winter and will have enjoyed his victory over the talented Henry Cooper (WBS) and Adam Leeworthy (Bideford AAC) while Tyler Lindo (NDAC) beat so many of his training partners for the first time this season as he improved from 14th at Shebbear to 5th today! Brilliant effort Tyler. The return of Finley Ball, Jack Dutton and Alex Rodgers (all NDAC) should shake up the order in the final race. Under 15 Girls: Anna Downs (Exeter Harriers) enjoyed a big win over the fast improving Fiona Corrick (WBS) who in turn got the better of the talented Harriet Turner (NDC) for the first time. Under 15 Boys: Hamish James (NDAC) had by far the largest margin of victory of the day (76secs!) while Samuel Jennings (Bude Rats) and Marcus Barron (NDAC) filled the next placings with strong runs. Senior numbers were much affected by the Westward League being held at Westward Ho! but Stuart Boon saw off the rest of the field in impressive fashion. James Jewell (Bideford AAC) leads the individual overall table but much will depend on whether three times winner Kevin Sheppard runs in the last race. Boon should take the title if he doesn’t …… The absent Marilyn Blair (Torrington) needs to win the final race at WBS to secure the Senior Women's title; if not there several runners who potentially could win. West Buckland should be interesting!
15.11.15 I am sure everyone appreciates the sterling efforts of Fiona Goode, Mike Furber, Arron Steele and the rest of the Shebbear team of helpers, not to mention the groundstaff, whose fields we messed up. It was a great morning of running and just as the weather was unpredictable so were some of the results as recent form was no sure indication of results on the day as several runners found the mud too much to handle while others relished the slightly slower going and extra time running. THE RESULTS REMAIN PROVISIONAL as we have a few anomalies on the Results sheets. I still welcome feedback by email to firstname.lastname@example.org regarding the following:- U15/U17/U20 Men categories: Please check I have everyone in the correct race results; particularly second place in the U17/19 males age group. Was he actually an U15 Boy? HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MORNING: Under 9 Girls: Millie Wivell (Kingsley) improved from 3rd-8th-1st in the race series, team mate Lulu Goaman grabbed 2nd with another consistent run and unbeaten Isabella Lawson had a bit of an offday but still managed 3rd to lead the league. Maisie Ayres improved six places, Eden Hurst was back on form in 7th. Under 9 Boys: Theo Plaza (NDAC) used his speed to just hold off Ben Beer (Berrynabour) and newcomer Max Standen (Sticklepath) in a frantic finish. Charlie Marshall (Holywell) had his best run of the season while NDAC revealed strength with 4 in 8. Congratulations to Harvey Evans (Shirwell), Mateo Haywood Panella (Goodleigh) and William Buck of (Holywell) on their continued rise up the order race by race. Under 11 Girls: Bethany Gay (NDAC) continued her dominant rich vein of form in first place while behind the familiar faces of Elena Christley (St Margarets), Ailis Temple Thurston (Monkleigh) and Amelia Disney (Bradworthy) who were joined by fast improving Taryn Powe (St Margarets) while NDAC training partners Isobelle Beer (running for Monkleigh), Lilian Clopet and Indiana Stephenson crossed the line together. This is the age group in which most changes have occurred - the level of performance and effort is so impressive Under 11 Boys: George Thomas (WBS) appeared to have the race sown up coming into the final field only to misjudge the finish line and have to hold off a determined final spurt from Bideford AAC's Cohen Phillips. Kyle Pearson (NDAC) and William Pengelly (NDAC) moved impressively up the leader board from last time out with Phillips, the consistent Evan Suggett (Bideford AAC) and James Evans leading the Bideford team to victory. This is probably the strongest age group in the Gliddons with lots of the top athletes benefiting from regular training at local running clubs. Under 13 Girls: Another impressive turnout of 32 runners. Ella Fraser-Smith (NDAC) has been threatening a break through performance but few would have expected this on the home course of training partner and league leader Eliza Banbury. The sticky conditions seemed to suit both runners as they drew away from Shae Miles (NDAC) before battling it out over the final 100 metres. Ella just edged it on the line. 30 seconds back Lotte Taylor (NDAC) almost caught the talented Ella Henry-Brock (Bude Rats) while Izzy Edworthy (Bude Rats) continues to show consistent improvement. The NDAC first year U13s group had quite a battle throughout the race and were rewarded with second team on the day. Under 13 Boys: Sid Baldaro (NDAC) dominated this race to win by 10 secs but it was Alex Rodgers (NDAC) who was to come right through the field for 2nd as Fin Ball had an off day but still managed to hold off the improving Henry Cooper (WBS) while behind them Dylan Dayman showed the value of regularly training by getting very close to the to runners. Adam Leeworthy (Bideford AAC) continues in consistent form, Hector Darling (NDAC) improves with every race and Rupert Pocock (Park), in his first run of the season, revealed the form which stood him in good stead last season as an Under 11. Under 15 Girls: Harriet Turner (NDAC) floated over the muddy surface to an impressive and confidence boosting victory from the talented Anna Downs (Exeter) who had beaten her so comfortably in the Westward League in Newquay the previous weekend. Fiona Corrick (WBS) almost caught Downs on the line while Francesca Sayer (NDAC) turned the tables on Sophie Heddon (NDAC) who had beaten her in Newquay. Under 15 Boys: While Hamish James (NDAC) ran away from the rest of the field, Sammy Watts (NDAC) just got the better of Alex Walker (NDAC) with the improving Samuel Jennings of Bude Rats in 4th. Senior Age Groups: Callum Choules and Eve Banbury dominated the U17/20 races; Kevin Sheppard demonstrated his international experience to pull away from Stuart Boon on the second of three long laps and Marilyn Blair (Torrington) just got the better of Sarah Sheppard in the Womens' race.
15.10.15 Congratulations to everyone who competed yesterday at West Buckland School. The courses were dry and fast and our host generous and well organised. Entries rose to just under 500!! Considering there were several fun runs in North Devon on the same day this league continues to be well supported. RACE REPORTS: Under 9 Girls Race: Shirwell School pupil Isabella Lawson repeated her Kingsley victory by an even bigger margin of 14 secs which is some achievement at this level. Lulu Goaman (Kingsley Juniors) had another very solid run improving to second place while Grace Parkin (NDAC) showed a huge improvement to jump up to third from 12th; more importantly reducing her margin on first by 34secs! Well done! Others to enjoy significant improvements were Imogen Gay 11th to 5th; Emily Brewer (Bradworthy) 47th up to 30th; Macie-Leigh Bennett (Appledore) 55th up to 40th and Maddie Lovatt (Shebbear) 53rd up to 44th. NDAC, despite being without key runners just retained their team winner status from Shirwell School with Monkleigh again third. Under 9 Boys Race: Theo Plaza (NDAC) clearly enjoyed the relatively smooth conditions and overturned his recent defeat by Finlay Johnson (Appledore) who had decimated the field at Kingsley – quite some sight watching their battle down the home straight. Ben Beer ran well to be third again but it was the appearance of several new runners who really broke up the Kingsley result to get amongst the established order – the Shebbear match will be very interesting. There were impressive improvements by Ryley Curtis (St Mary’s) 39th up to 21st; Oscar Field (Bradworthy)39th up to 25th; but Freddie Jobbins (Kingsley Juniors) takes pride of place with his inspired improvement from 56th right up to 28th – good job!! North Devon AC just edged out Appledore for the team prize – they had equal scores but NDAC’s third scorer was just 2 places in front. A healthy 21 teams closed with Orchard Vale having 5 teams and there were 79 finishers. Under 11 Girls Race: Bethany Gay (Shirwell) really was a class apart floating majestically over the West Buckland playing fields – a 21 second margin of victory over 1800 metres is very impressive indeed. There were very few surprise rises up the finishing order from the Kingsley match but several runners moved the other way to reveal a high standard of running down through the field. This is a very competitive age group. With lots of club athletes running for their Schools the team scores were very exciting and while the overall title would seem to be between North Devon AC and Bradworthy Academy several schools are vying for the third sport and the end result will very much be down to whose teams whose third scorer can push up the order. Under 11 Boys Race: This was probably the best finish of the day as we saw the talented Cohen Phillips (Bideford AAC) who had dominated at Kingsley last month, just lose out to the pace of George Thomas (West Buckland) who had obviously sat in before unleashing his fast finish. Archie Whitefield (Bude Rats) was also in the frame until the final field while Evan Suggate (Bideford AAC) improved to 4th and with Phillips and James Evans deservedly secured the team prize from North Devon AC with a slightly weakened Bude Rats having to settle for third spot. Good to see a number of new runners make the top 20 in this race and with more experience George Wellington (Bradworthy) and Charlie Wright (West Exmoor) will be challenging for individual honours by the end of the season. Under 13 Girls Race: Fresh from an outstanding team victory in the regional Westward League last week North Devon AC dominated this race with Eliza Banbury, Shae Miles and Ella Fraser-Smith in that order enjoying a 30 second advantage over the much improved Ella Henry-Brock (Bude Rats) who is beginning to show the form which saw her win every U11 race last season, Trusanna Cooper (NDAC) and Lotte Taylor (NDAC). Mia Roome-Goodwin (NDAC) continued her good early season form just holding off Abbi Oscroft (NDAC). There followed a great battle between seven runners, all within 14 seconds, which just shows the high standard in this age group. 31 finishers is a very good turnout – well done girls! Under 13 Boys Race: Finley Ball (NDAC) won again, skilfully controlling the race from the front and holding off the much improved Sid Baldaro (NDAC) and Jack Dutton (NDAC) by a couple of seconds. Henry Cooper (West Buckland) used his race experience well to hold on to 4th place while team mate Toby Boyles, just behind, looks to be a very promising athlete, Alex Rodgers (NDAC) and Adam Leworthy (Bideford AAC) who ran so well at Kingsley had a monumental battle down the home straight before finishing in that order at the line. Pleasingly numbers in this age are continuing to rise. Under 15 Girls Race: Chulmleigh School pupil Anna Downs (Exeter Harriers) reversed last weekend’s Westward League result and held off Harriet Turner (NDAC) by a comfortable 15 second margin while talented all rounder Fiona Corrick (West Buckland) ran a solo race in third. Erin Syvester (NDAC) used her speed to just hold off teammates Francesca Sayer and Sophie Heddon. Under 15 Boys Race: It’s only fair to report that some runners were somewhat confused about how many and which laps to run! A lesson learned here – always check the course map carefully, walk the course and do not rely on marshals to guide you, especially when there is more than one race going on at the same time. Nonetheless, Sammy Watts (NDAC) running on his home school course got it right and won by a minute! Under 17 Races: Evee-May Banbury (NDAC) comfortably won the Womens' race from Pheobe Killen (Exeter Harriers) while Callum Choules (NDAC) won the Mens race from Euan Kernahan (NDAC) who edged out Doug Fenney (Holdsworthy School) for 2nd. Senior Races: Numbers of competitors remain low but the competitive spirit is high right through the fields. Kevin Sheppard (Unattached) won the Mens' race at a canter from Sam Allin (City of Norwich AC) as did Hannah Blair (Torrington AC) from Sarah Sheppard (NDAC) in the Ladies race.
20/9/15 Well done to all who competed at Kingsley yesterday - a great turnout with record entries (441) for a first race of the season! The organising team are most grateful to Kingsley School and staff for hosting the event on their super course.
Unfortunately several runners ran with the incorrect number - you can only wear the one allocated to you and you cannot swap your number with someone else or use someone else's number!!!! Reminder: Each number is unique and each runner is expected to keep their number for the whole season so DO NOT expect a new one each race. If you lose your number please go to Race HQ and they will make a replacement for you. Please do not make your own. The league are very pleased to welcome two new schools in Bradworthy Academy and Appledore School who brought lots of keen and quality runners. It's also good to see Bideford AAC (Blues) beginning to field more Junior runners - good job coaches! UNDER 9 GIRLS: Isabella Lawson (Shirwell) carried on from where she left last season with a resounding victory by a comfortable 9secs from Eden Hurst (Monkleigh) with the Kingsley Juniors duo of Millie Wivell and Lulu Goaman just behind. Team honours went to the very strong NDAC group who were 3 in 7 and 6 in 14! UNDER 11 GIRLS: What a difference a year makes at Primary School level as the whole form book from last season was thrown out the door! Newcomer Amelia Disney (Bradworthy) shaded a well deserved win in a close finish in which just 10 seconds separated the first 8 runners. We eagerly await the next race at West Buckland with several good runners returning to competition. UNDER 13 GIRLS: Laura Fraser-Smith (NDAC) set a very fast early pace but the talented pair of Eliza Banbury (NDAC) and Shae Miles (NDAC) gradually reeled her in and by the end of the race these three had a very big lead over the rest of the field. The very strong NDAC training group dominated the team event with 6 finishers in the top 8. Nice to see Izzy Edworthy leading Budes Rats onto the honours board and a group of Park School runners doing well - keep up the good work Millie, Skye and Hallie UNDER 15 GIRLS: As expected, Anna Downs (Exeter Harriers) won with a strong run with Harriet Turner (NDAC) closing to 10 secs by the finish. With a little more training third placer Fiona Corrick (WBS) will be closer on her home course next time out. Under 17/20/SENIOR WOMEN: Evee-May Banbury was a class apart at this level winning by 3 minutes while the small 14 strong Senior Women's field saw a family 1-2 as Torrington AC daughter and Mum Hannah and Marilyn Blair were well in front of the rest of the field. St Margarets parents and teachers team won the team race. UNDER 9 BOYS: Appledore School, making their debut in this competition were a real force and Finley Johnson was an impressive individual winner from Theo Plaza (NDAC) and Ben Beer (Berrynabour) Team honours went to NDAC from Appledore School. UNDER 11 BOYS: This was a very open race on form but a very determined Cohen Phillips (Bideford AAC) led his team to a convincing individual win and team victory; ably backed up by Evan Suggate and James Evans. George Thomas (WBS) and Archie Whitefield (Bude Rats) ran well in 2nd and 3rd. while last year's U9 champion Henry Richards was also right up there close behind in 4th. This league looks to be the most open of all the Juniors and with several good runners not contesting today's race we eagerly await how it unfolds round by round. Bideford AAC just won the team event with WBS and Bude Rats both just 7 pts behind. UNDER 13 BOYS The much improved Finley Ball (NDAC) (who had run really well at the Midland Road Relays the day before) controlled this race to hold off last year's U11 overall winner Henry Cooper (WBS). It just shows how regular training works as Adam Leworthy (Bideford AAC) improved to 3rd. NDAC, despite not having all of their top runners available closed teams in first and second. UNDER 15 BOYS: Such a small field - where are all you youngsters? Hamish James (NDAC) demonstarted how much he has improved on the track last summer with a huge margin of victory over the much improved Sammy Watts (NDAC) and Miles Rees (NDAC). North Devon AC closed two teams. UNDER 17/19 MEN: SENIOR MEN: Callum Choules (NDAC) was an easy winner of the U17 race while ex 8min36secs Steeplechaser Kevin Sheppard was a class apart of the Senior Men's field as he won by 90secsUnder 11 Boys