Jones and Stagg crowned primary school cross country champions
ANNE Jones, of St Johns CE Primary School and Henleaze's George Stagg were crowned Year 5/6 champions at the Bristol Primary Schools' Cross County Championships at Ashton Park School.
Kate Howard, also of Henleaze, and Jason Soodean, of St Bonaventures, were also winners as around 350 youngsters from across the city endured the tough conditions.
"It was nice and muddy, typical cross country conditions," said Cherry Kraus, of the Ashton Park School Sport Partnership, which organised the event.
"The kids had to brave the rain as well but they seemed to love it! We are delighted with the way the event went and it seems to be getting bigger every year. It was brilliant."
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A total of 21 schools took part in the event last week and the leading finishers in both the girls' and boys' Year 5/6 races will go on to represent Bristol Schools' at the McCain Cross Challenge around Ashton Court at the end of the month.
In the closest finish of the day Heather Wiermouth, of St Johns, and Kate Howard, of Henleaze, shared second place behind Jones in the Year 5/6 race with the judges unable to separate them on the finish line.
Bristol Primary Schools' Cross County Championships, Ashton Park School. Girls Year 5/6: 1 Anne Jones (SJ); 2 Heather Wiermouth (SJ) & Kate Howard (H) ; 4 Abi White (E); 5 Jessica White (E); 6 Lottie Howard (H); 7 Jessica Bull (E).
Teams: 1 Elmlea; 2 Henleaze; 3 St Johns CE; 4 St Bonaventures; 5 Bishop Road; 6 Parson Street. Girls Year 3/4 : 1 Kate Howard (H); 2 Emilia Smith (E ); 3 Rosie Flynn (E ).
Teams: 1 Elmlea; 2 Bishop Road; 3 St Bonaventure; 4 St Johns; 5 Knowle Park; 6 Christchurch. Boys Year 5/6: 1 George Stagg (H); 2 Brynn Davies (E ); 3 James Mumford (H); 4 Henry Smith (E ); 5 Ben Papworth (SB); 6 Malachy Walsh-Langford (SP).
Teams: 1 Elmlea; 2 Henleaze; 3 St Bonaventures; 4 Christchurch; 5 Bishop Road; 6 St Michaels on the Mount.
Boys Year 3/ 4: 1 Jason Soodean (SB) 2 Lucas Down (BR); 3 Joseph Robson (H). Teams: 1 St Bonaventures; 2= Elmlea & Henleaze; 4 Bishop Road; 5 Christchurch; 6 Bridge Farm.
Key (BR=Bishop Road); E=Elmlea Juniors; H=Henleaze; SB=St Bonaventures; SJ=St Johns CE Primary; SP=St Patrick's Primary).
Clevedon AC's Laura Croker is hoping to beat her personal best in the Abingdon marathon on Sunday.
"Anything quicker than 3hrs 9mins would be good," said the 40-year-old, who set her personal best of 3:19.14 in London earlier this year.
With a personal best of 32:03 in the opening race of the Weston Prom 5 miles series last month Croker has high hopes despite a recent back problem that has affected her preparations.
Bristol & West AC development officer Keith Brackstone reports a distinct 'post-Olympic bounce' in the number of athletes using the track facilities at Whitehall.
"There were 967 users in May 2012 and this figure rose by almost 400 to 1 366 in September!" said Brackstone.
Online entries for the 2013 Weston Tough Ten went live this week. Next year's race, which is sponsored by Easy Runner, will take place on Sunday, February 24 (11am) and with no entries taken on the day and the limit traditionally reached early then don't delay in registering.
Bitton Road Runners' Fiona Cramp won the women's race at the Marshfield Mudlark on Sunday.
Marshfield Mudlark 11k multi terrain. Men: 1 Alex Carter (TBAC, U20) 44:43; 2 Alex Woods (B&W, M40) 45:19; 3 Guy Woods (TBAC, M40) 48:38. Women: 1 Fiona Cramp (Bitt RR, W35) 54:15; 2 Loren Bleake (TBAC, U20) 58:26.
A reminder that the second race in the Weston Prom 5 miles series will be held on Thursday (7.30pm) with entries taken on the night (www.westonac.co.uk).
Martin Bird of Nailsea Runners, was 16th overall (1hr 40mins 20secs) from 296 finishers and first veteran over 50 in the Mendip Muddle 20k multi terrain race. Jim Plunkett-Cole (TACH) and Ed Bailey (GWR) also made the top twenty.
UWE student and former Wesbury Harrier Joe Dalgleish was so delighted with his international debut on the mountain rung circuit that he can't wait to try again. "I'll be back to do that again next year," said Dalgleish, who finished 19th from a field of 100 runners in the Smarna Gora Mountain Grand Prix in Slovenia.