Champions & medals galore

Send them Victorious. Our all conquering Mens’ XC team
A mixture of XC and T&F this week but first there is a really  important plea from Brian Gravelsons for volunteers to train as officials. It’s been said before but can never be repeated enough times – all of us who enjoy competing in the wonderful world of athletics should realise that without volunteer officials we just would not be able to enjoy the thrill of competition and the thrill of taking part. Why not give it a go  – your club really does need more officials.

It was a wonderful final week of XC league fixtures last weekend with our men confirming their domination of their league, winning the title comfortably and thus gaining promotion. Our ladies more than held their own in the very top league and our juniors secured 3rd place in a league of 21, with some outstanding performances across the whole 
squad and across the whole season.

After a long hard XC season I’d personally like to thank Rachel Stevens, Vicky Sharpe, Malcolm Bowyer and Paul Hawkins for their reports.

In Sheffield, 4 of our top juniors competed in the England Athletics Under 15, 17 and 20 Indoor Championships, with all of them coming away with PBs after a hard winter of training. You really can’t ask for more than that.

Good luck to any of you competing this weekend, please let me know how you got on.

Take care,

Best Wishes,

David Jones
Some of our volunteer officials, without who……..

Your Club Needs Your Help!

Did you know that officials earn valuable points for the club?  If we don’t have a complete team of officials in the athletics leagues we enter then we risk losing points and thus not winning that league or gaining that valuable promotion, or worse still potentially being relegated.

You can help by volunteering to become an official.  We are currently looking mainly for more Field officials but we also need to enhance the number of our Timekeepers and Track officials.  The more officials we have the less chance there is of dropping valuable points!

Stratford Athletics Club is hosting a Field Official course on Saturday 25th March 10:00 – 15:00.  

The cost of becoming an official is covered by the club.  There is also a wider initiative that is currently being run across all Warwickshire clubs to boost officials at all clubs and using this funding Stratford AC will also save money.  There has not been a better time to become an official.

If you are interested then please contact Brian Gravelsons: 

You can also register your interest directly using this form:

If you do use the form then please also let Brian Gravelsons know as this is the Warwickshire Initiative form and it doesn’t go directly to Brian.

If you are not interested then please also let Brian know as it will then stop him asking you again when he next sees you!

Catherine Reynolds in Sheffield
Freddie Clemons also in Sheffield
England Athletics Under 15, 17 and 20 Indoor Championships – 2023

Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport  
Report – Paul Bearman

The England Athletics Open Under 15, 17 and 20 indoor championships held due at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport, who played hosts to the cream of the UK’s young athletics talent at the Indoor National Championship over two days. 
With very limited opportunities to compete so far this year, it was an eye opener for the 4 Stratford AC athletes, two of whom were making their debuts at this level of competition and despite training going well in the winter it can’t compare to the intensity of competing on the national stage. 
Meeting the qualifying standards is a feat on its own and Alex Wood, who is in his first season as an Under 15, stepped into the bright lights of the arena that he familiarised himself with in a Open competition 3 weeks previously but that doesn’t compare to competing at this level. 
Alex was one of the youngest athletes in the 60m and he set himself a target to run a PB. Sttarting in heat 3 he finished 7th and dipped under 8 seconds for the first time finishing in 7.92s. 
Joel Masters had only previously competed indoors the week before on the straight track at Loughborough and so competing in a purpose built indoor arena was a completely new experience. 
In his first season as an Under 17, Joel found himself in a field of over 70 athletes in the 60m and heat 8 out of 10. Realising the older athletes would dominate the races, Joel’s objectives were clear that he wanted to run a PB and get into the semi-final and he duly ran a new PB of 7.18s to finish 2nd in his heat and qualified for the semi-final. 
His semi-final was totally dominated by the older athletes and Joel finished 7th, again in a time of 7.18s. In fact only 4 year 1 athletes out of 24 reached the semi-final and Joel finished 2nd fastest overall of the year 1 competitors….looking good for 2024! 
Due to injuries Joel has missed virtually all of the winter conditioning training and on day 2 he competed in the 200m which was a trip into the unknown, how would he manage without any decent speed endurance training behind him. 
He was concerned but undaunted about having to contend with the 200m undulating track, which is tricky to master at the best of times for experienced athletes let alone debutants and his heat was the first time he had been able to set foot on the 200m track. He finished 4th in a time of 23.01s beating his outdoor PB which is unusual to do that indoors with 2 tight bends and short straights. 
The semi-final was again dominated by the older athletes with a tiring Joel finishing 5th in a time of 23.44s. 
Catherine Reynolds is at university in Sheffield and so with the EIS being her home track, she used that to her advantage by running a smart race in her heat to finish 2nd in a new indoor PB of 57.16s and qualify for the final. 
The final turned out to be a battle for the medals by 3 of the top ranked athletes in the UK and Catherine battled to the line exhausted after expending so much energy trying to stay in contention and not having quite enough left in the tank for the second 200m. She finished 4th in exactly the same time of 57.16s that lifted her up to 8th in the UK rankings. 
In an event stacked with seasoned top class hurdlers, U20 Freddie Clemons, apart from 2 runs the previous week in Loughborough, went into the competition with no competitive indoor hurdles races behind him as an Under 20 due to the pandemic, illness and injury 
Not really knowing what to expect how things would go he was really pleased to come away with 5th place in his heat, just missing out on the final, with a new PB of 8.49s and a lot more confidence looking forward to the summer. 
From my perspective all four of them coming away from the national championships with more experience and confidence and all running PBs is as much as I could have hoped for them…..roll on the summer!
Some of our Men’s XC team with bling!

Birmingham & District Invitation Men’s Cross Country League

Division 3

Report – Malcolm Bowyer and David Jones

The sheer dominance of our men’s XC team in this season’s Birmingham & District Invitation Cross Country League Division 3 can be seen in the league’s final results of the season, a  season that saw us gain promotion to division 2.

The final fixture of the season saw the team win comfortably in the senior’s A team, B team and Masters races.

In the A team race we scored 49 points to Nuneaton’s 108 ( lowest points wins, unlike in the junior league where the highest points tally wins), our B team won with 250 points to Nuneaton’s 423 and our Masters team triumphed with just 19 points v Nuneaton’s 44.

The results for the season as a whole were equally convincing, with the A team securing the overall Championship with 273 points against Nuneaton’s 397, the B team winning with 1039 v 1413 and our Masters team just losing out, securing 155 against Nuneaton’s 127. At least Nuneaton managed one victory.

The individual placings were even more impressive with our runners occupying 5 of the top 8 places in the league, out of an overall total of 403 runners in the season. Dave Brewis of Sphinx finished in top place, only having been beaten once in the season and that by our very own Taylor Stubbins.

Rich Shephard finished in overall 3rd place with 14 points, Alex Pester was 4th, 16 points, Ned Campbell 6th, 19 points, Matt Burdus-Cook 7th, 21 points and Taylor was 8th on 25 points. 

We were even more dominant in the Junior rankings for the season with our runners occupying the top 3 places, with Alex Pester in 1st place with just 5 points, Ned 2nd, 6 points and Taylor 3rd on 8 points.

In the overall Masters rankings we had 5 in the top 20. Rich Shephard was top with just 5 points, Matt 3rd on 9 pts, Richard Liggatt 7th, 22 pts, Adam Linforth 14th, 42 pts, Tim Hutchinson 19th, 59 pts and Dave Teasdale 20th with 59 points.

In the final race of the season there were 266 runner’s competing with 23 runners turning out for Stratford.

It was a warm day on a very flat course in the grounds of Coombe Abbey, which made for fast course times.

The winner was David Brewis of Sphinx A/C in 29.30. The first Stratford runner home in 5th place was Matt Burdus-Cook, in 30.39, who overtook two of his club mates on the second lap shouting encouragement to them as he passed. 

He was followed by Rich Shephard in 30.50 in 6th was U20 Ned Campbell 30.53 in 7th place. Campbell was surprised by the extremely fast pace of the race due to the flat nature of the course. In 9th place, despite not feeling well, was Taylor Stubbs in 31.16, followed byJamie Hall (10th. 31.21) and Richard Liggatt (12th. 31.41).

Having the first six runners, making up their A team, in the top 12 was a superb achievement.

Adam Linforth was 33rd in 33.19 and he was first back for the B team. Phil Reading was next (40th. 33.29), and then it was Drew Sambridge, (42nd. 33.41), David Teasdale, (43rd. 33.42),Tim Hutchinson, (44th.33.43.) Sam Wilks was 48th in 34.00, making up the Stratford B team.

The rest of the Stratford  team were Richard Dobedoe (68th. 35.06,) Max Ross (77th. 35.39), Rob Gisbourne was (80th. 35.44), Wayne Vickers, (83rd. 35.51), Koda Spriggs, (84th. 35.22.), Joe Lee, (88th. 35.58), Nick Campbell (116th. 37.21), Nick Cooper (122nd. 37.37), Chris Spriggs (164th, 39.50),  and finally  Mike Sheppard  (208th. 42.20).


Shown below are our magnificent teams at last weekend’s final junior XC league fixture of the season at Wolverhampton.

52 members turned up to compete for us and, as Rachel’s wonderful report below states, it ended a hugely successful season.

U11 girls
U11 boys
Bronze medals for our U13 girls
(missing is Rachel Sparrow)
We Are The Champions! Gold medal winners, our U13 boys with Nick Hillard and myself.
U15 girls
U15 boys – Silver medal winners.
U17W – Bronze medal winners
Bronze medal winners – U17 men on the start line and in the zone.
Quality not quantity.

West Midlands Young Athletes XC League

Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton.


Report -Rachel Stevens

Never mind ‘S Club 7’ reuniting; it’s SUA who ‘Reach[ed] for the Stars!’

(editors note: Rachel Stevens mentioning S Club 7 made me smile)


It was a mass of medals and a cacophony of congratulations for our young athletes this past Sunday as they completed the fifth and final race of the 22/23 WMYACCL season. With its gruelling uphill start, its undulating sections throughout and then its punishing concluding climb to the line, Aldersley Stadium certainly made our young athletes earn every step of their success and their final positions in the league table.

Incongruous with the dull skies above, the day began with bubbling anticipation underfoot. Could our athletes hang onto overall third position and beat last year’s performance of fourth? 

Our U17 ladies were first up and were grateful that there was just a thick blanket of dry, cut grass on the first 250m compared to the quagmire that still haunts from a few seasons ago. 

Wanting to set the standard for the day and especially as it was the last junior Cross Country league race for both Olivia Robinson and Abigail Skinner, all our ladies put their best feet forward.

 Ultimately, it was Niamh Hillard (10th/15:50) who was first in for Stratford, followed by the marvellous Maisie-Joy Spriggs (11th/16:04) just one place after. Next to finish were Olivia Robinson (13th/ 16:11) and Abbi Cooper (21st/16:42) with both ladies having performed resiliently all season. A special mention must go to the Cottam twins for saving their best until last: Emily Cottam (32nd/18:38) finished up one place on her season’s best and Alice Cottam (35th/18:57) was up an impressive seven places! The ever reliable and consistent Tilly Campbell (42nd/20:34) also ran steadfastly to see the first of our teams safely home. 

As a brief aside, it is worth acknowledging how these ladies, in particular Tilly and Niamh, spend their race days not only racing but calming the nerves of the younger ones, or erecting the club tent, or handing out vest numbers, or helping other age groups with their warm-ups. They are fantastically generous with their time and attention and are first-rate role models for our club.

Ultimately, our U17 ladies were delighted to finish the season as bronze medallists which is especially note-worthy given the majority of the team is bottom of the age group. 

The overall individual standings had three of our ladies in the top 15: Niamh Hillard 9th, MJ Spriggs 10th, Abbi Cooper 15th – all three in the bottom of their age groups. Then it was Emily Cottam 31st, Tilly Campbell 35th, Olivia Robinson 39th, Lucy Thomas 43rd, Abi Skinner 49th and Alice Cottam 50th

Congratulations go to our ladies along with our very best wishes to Olivia Robinson and to Abi Skinner who have run for Stratford since 2017 and 2020, respectively, as they progress onto the senior circuit!

Next up, our young U11 boys were pushed hard up the first hill, only to be greeted soon after by another on their one large lap of the course. Not to be deterred, Toby Ledgard (31st/06:03) and Tom Yates (32nd/06:04) battled it out on the final stretch with Toby just clinching it to become first Stratford boy home. Then it was a focussed Callum Linforth (88th/06:48) and shortly after came Arthur Chadburn (90th/06:51) who was visibly spurred on when hearing his name in the crowd – a delightfully endearing sight. 

Overall, the team has progressed steadily throughout the season to finish eighth out of twenty, with the following individual standings: Toby Ledgard 28th, Eli Ford 38th, Tom Yates 67th, Callum Linforth 79th, Arthur Chadburn 80th, Tyler Li 99th, Henry Thomas 131st and Toby Wilkinson 159th.

Congratulations to all our young lads, especially those new to Cross Country this season! We look forward to following your progress in the seasons to come.

Next up it was a momentous day for Alex Adams (1st/15:02) as he ran his final WMYACCL race. There were many nostalgic memories shared in the club tent, jogged by photos of Alex since he joined the club as a mere eight year old. With yet another perfect score of 200 points, Alex crossed the line with ease to not only become individual gold medal winner and U17 Mens’ League Champion for a breath-taking sixth time but to complete what has been a superlative youth league career. He is a rare breed of racer who has inspired many of our young athletes. We will watch Alex avidly and with pride, and wish him all the best as he embarks on his senior career. Next up were Jaicob Ford (14th/16:56) and Henry Wheeler (24th/18:06) who both finished their Cross Country seasons in great style with their highest position yet. 

The efforts of this terrific trio saw the team jump unexpectedly to overall third place, earning them all a bronze team medal! Again, this is particularly commendable given all bar Alex are bottom of the age group. The final standings are Alex Adams 1st, Jaicob Ford 24th, Milo Cullimore 26th, Henry Wheeler 32ndand Hugh Markham 69th. Congratulations to all our young gentlemen!

In our U11 girls’ team and finishing in top Stratford slot for a fantastic fifth consecutive race was the amazing Amelie Marshall (21st/06:20). Then it was yet another whisker separating team-mates Jasmine Mothershaw (25th/06:23) and Maggie Silvers (26th/06:23) as this pair provided another thriller of a finish. The drama did not stop there: in her very best race of the season was Emily Lambert (30th/06:26) just a few seconds behind, up an amazing fourteen places on her previous best placing! Then came the hard work of Martha Edwards (57th/06:48) and lovely Layla Sparrow (107th/07:51) to complete the youngest of our girls’ league appearances and who have both given committed performances throughout the whole season. 

Ultimately, our U11 girls’ team finished a respectable sixth out of twenty teams with the following overall standings: Amelie Marshall 17th, Maggie Silvers 21st, Jasmine Mothershaw 22nd, Emily Lambert 36th, Martha Edwards  48th, Layla Sparrow 114th, Evangeline Harris 119th and Ruby Whyman Bean 143rd. Congratulations, girls! We look forward to seeing more of you track-side as the Athletics season begins.

Having placed as second team after every race this season, the U15 boys were hopeful of silver team medals and their efforts did not disappoint. Motoring up the final approach and at full stretch was Zak Lambert (13th/10:37) finishing first for Stratford, closely followed by brother Sam Lambert (14th/ 10:38) who burst over the line with a roar of delight as he pipped a competitor just as his chip registered. After a few gulps of air each and a sporting handshake with said competitor, their attention quickly turned to cheering on the rest of the team: Will Mayes (22nd/10:53), Tom Fisher (25th/11:02), James Day (29th/11:11) followed after, giving it their all and similarly turning to cheer on Charlie Clayton (52nd/12:02) and Luca De Freitas Pires (59th/12:13). 

In their unrelenting support of one another and for their sense of camaraderie across the whole team, our U15 boys exemplify what it is to be great sportsmen and are a real credit to the club. Their efforts were rightfully rewarded and they were delighted to don those coveted silver team medals, finishing second out of twenty one teams. Moreover, the final league standings had four of our boys in the top 20: Zak Lambert 10th, Sam Lambert 15th, Will Mayes 16th and Tom Fisher 20th, with both Sam and Tom being in the bottom of their age group. Then it was James Day 24th, James Mayes 41st, Josh Harrison 49th, Ewan Sparrow 66th, Charlie Clayton 69th, Luca De Freitas Pires 72nd, Seb Hillard 73rd and Alex McMillan 113th. Congratulations, boys, on the breadth of your achievements this season both on and off the course; we are proud of you!

Next up was the exciting prospect of not only a glut of team bronze medals for our U13 girls but an individual bronze for smiley Marijke Tear-Verweij but it was Lois Ford (13th/09:25) who stormed her way up that opening hill to take on the race with full force and finish in her first top league slot of the season. Nevertheless, Marijke (14th/09:25), having racked up some incredible results throughout the season, was thrilled to discover she had retained her overall third position to become individual bronze medallist. Portia Nabney (30th/09:49), Ava Sheppard (45th/10:15), Amelia Peeke (53rd/10:29), Rachel Sparrow (59th/10:35) and Georgia Sharpe (70th/10:55) also gave convincing runs, such that the team finished in overall third place with the girls deservedly receiving their bronze team medals! 

The final standings were Marijke Tear-Verweij 3rd, Lois Ford 13th, Portia Nabney 23rd, Ava Sheppard 26th, Amelia Peeke 34th, Rachel Sparrow 54th, Georgia Sharpe 69th and Stella Slant 99th. Congratulations to our U13 girls for becoming medallists and we look forward to more successes from you in the future!

There was much fervour as 1pm approached and our U13 boys took to the starting line. Not only was the prospect of a team gold tantalisingly close but, if all went well, there was the hope of some yellow vests among the top six individual medalling positions but how many and for whom? After a Herculean climb up the opening hill, it was at least three Stratford boys who summited first but it was Arthur Williamson (4th/08:11) who paced himself incredibly to prove himself fastest Stratford lad on the day. Within a blink, it was Will Hovell (5th/08:12) closing all the way with his trademark lightning-fast knee lift. Then after a cracking run it was the mighty Joel Ledgard (6th/08:14) powering home but two seconds later. Next was the resolute run of Aran Cooper (9th/08:29) and close behind was a rejuvenated Sam Plumb (10th/08:33) who was delighted with his top ten finish. Invigorated by the cries of support from chief cheerleader of the day, Mrs Plumb, Kipp Stevens (22nd/08:58), who had battled an uncomfortable chest all race, kicked hard on the final ascent to reel in and surpass a competitor on the line. Then it was the unyielding Arthur Mansbridge (33rd/09:18) who completed the team with an equally impressive finishing kick. 

With one of the loudest cheers of the day, our U13 boys collected their gold team medals and held aloft the League Shield after an incredible five out of five team wins! Moreover and notably, Stratford scooped three of the six individual medals with the delighted smiles of Will Hovell in 3rd, Arthur Williamson in 5th, and Aran Cooper in 6th . Narrowly missing out was Joel Ledgard in 7th. Then it was Sam Plumb in 11th, Kipp Stevens in 15th (another of our younger ones finishing within the top 15), Arthur Mansbridge 26th , Morgan Nabney 91st, Alfie Musk 93rd, Jamie Dewhurst 122nd and Ben Harrison 125th.  Congratulations, boys! Your racing hasn’t failed to impress this season and we hope you continue your successes on the track during the summer months. 

Finally, it was our U15 girls. As well as medals, we are delighted for moments of personal progress. So it was incredible to see Annie Silvers (7th/11:54), who is also in the bottom of her age group, not only finish in her highest position this season but better her own performance for a fifth consecutive race. This is quite a rarity. In fact, Annie is the only youth member to achieve this during the 22/23 season. Such consistent progress has seen her jump an amazing 35 places since Match 1 at Walsall. Congratulations, Annie! Next in were the close finishes of stalwarts Bo Algate (40th/13:41) and Martha Peters (41st/13:42). Then it was Tessa Parkin (50th/14:02) as fourth girl home and Hannah Wilkinson (53rd/14:23) as fifth. Finally it was a sea of yellow and black that saw Charlotte Skinner (63rd/15:20), Brooke Rossney (64th15:21), Bayleigh Stubbins (65th/15:22) Harriet Black (67th/15:24) all finish their season within close proximity of one another and reflective of the growing friendships across the group.

Our U15 girls finished a commendable fifth out of twenty teams with the following individual standings: Annie Silvers 11th, Bo Algate 32nd, Martha Peters 33rd, Tessa Parkin 41st, Hannah Wilkinson 47th, Harriet Black 51st, Brooke Rossney 58th and Bayleigh Stubbins, 59th. Congratulations to all of you for a solid season!

Ultimately, SUA held onto its third position and, thus, improved upon last year’s result! 

To summarise: there was one individual gold, two individual bronzes, an individual fifth and an individual sixth medal. We had eighteen athletes finish within the top 20; fifteen finishes were within the top 15; and nine within the top 10. Then there were five team medals: one gold, one silver and three bronzes. Quite the haul! 

To finish, a huge note of thanks must go to all the coaches and volunteers who give up their time: trackside, hillside and behind the scenes, to develop our young athletes and ensure the club goes from strength to strength. Thank you also to our splendidly supportive parents and carers for delivering the athletes equipped and ready to train week in and week out and for cheering on our children in the cold, and not forgetting your patient participation in the obligatory ‘Car Park Olympics’ each race day. Finally to the most important people of all: our splendid young athletes. Thank you for turning up in the dark winter evenings and giving it your all at training and at the league races this season. Cross Country is an exceptionally tough and exposing sport and you have made us all very proud of you. Keep training hard and developing your SUA friendships for both complement the other. We look forward to seeing some of you in the Nationals on the 25th of this month. Otherwise, it will be trackside for your next adventures! Until then…

Our ladies XC team. More than holding their own in the very top division.
Midland’s Women’s XC League – Division 1

Report – Vicky Sharpe

For the final race of the Midlands League, our ladies took on Burton Dassett Hills Country Park and it certainly delivered on the hills, with 200m (650ft) elevation over the 6.7km (4.1mi) course.

Conditions were unusually kind for Burton Dassett, it was ideal running temperatures and very little wind despite being so high up. This was definitely to the Stratford ladies advantage who were, for the most part, under the weather and debatably shouldn’t have been running – thank you to everyone who still did and brought so much energy to the day!

First home for the club was Charly Marshall (27:48) who put in a blisteringly fast final run of the season finishing in 8th place and 3rd junior – an excellent debut year to the junior league and the women’s length XC races.

Doing the XC double, Georgie Campbell (28:53) was able to fend off the other runners who also did BUCS last weekend to keep her top position in the junior rankings.

Next was the consistent Emma Bexson (31:52) who finished inside the top fifty with a 48th place overall and 12th master on the day. She also finished 38th overall and 11th in the Masters category for the season – congratulations. 

Next was Emmy Orton (32:57) finishing 32nd on the day and 50th overall for the league. Continuing her great form, next was Suzie Ross (34:27) who had her first year in the Masters field and finished 29th Master for the season.

Vicky Sharpe (35:02) was next through, spurred on through the uphill finish by the shouts of Leamington AC and Spa Striders supporters to ‘try and bag a few extra positions’ and thinking “that’s not going to happen”.

Emma Vickers (36:24) squeezed into the top 100 finishers on the day with a great performance and was soon followed by Suzie Graham (37:01) who had to put on an extra spur of speed at the end to keep an eager Rugby & Northampton runner behind her. 

Going from strength to strength during her marathon training, Kate Barney (38:39) was able to finish in top 50 senior runners on the day and finished 35th senior in the overall league.

While we all agreed the views were beautiful, only Beth Swain (39:15) decided to stop DURING the race to take a picture! A forfeit might be coming your way Beth.

There was then a train of yellow and black with Becks Pridham (39:27), Philippa Paddock (39:38) and Clare Goodwin (39:43) finishing strongly.

The birthday girl Pip Bell (41:24) was next to finish and was greeted by the soon to be trademarked Stratford Wave (think Mexican wave in Stratford club vests). Coming over the final hill together was Gemma Smith (52:27) and Miranda Maloney (52:32) with Gemma giving a fantastic sprint finish to pip Miranda at the line. 

A massive thank you to all 27 women who helped us achieve everything this season and to the 16 ladies who came to Burton Dassett to finish the season on such a high! To the parents, partners, pups and Paul Hawkins who were there cheering us on and making the whole event run so smoothly – thank you.

Overall Stratford AC finished Division 1 in 6th place overall (out of 13) and 8th place in the Masters rankings. Individual mentions go to Georgie Campbell who finished 3rd overall in the league and was 1st Junior and Charly Marshall was 4th Junior.

And Finally

More photos from last Sunday’s final junior league XC fixture of the season, showing how much fun these fixtures are.
Our U17 ladies – Flying high
Lois Ford supporting team mate Ava Sheppard!
Gold medal winners – Will Hovell giving Aran Cooper a bit of a lift.
Sam Plumb and Aran Cooper with team manager Paul Hawkins.
Zak Lambert no doubt looking to see how close brother Sam is.
Alex Adams with his trophy for overall U17M winner.
Job done – Alex crosses the finishing line for the last time in a junior XC league race.
Alex with Olivia Robinson, who along with Abi Skinner move up in to the Seniors next season. Lucky Seniors.
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