Westbury's Cureton and Allen shine in the junior championship
IN the young athletes races at the South West Championships North Somerset AC's, Ben Cureton and Rosie Allen of Westbury Harriers' took the honours.
Cureton, pictured, found himself in top company in the under-13 boys' race and was shut out by the Team Bath AC quartet of twins John and Robert Howorth, Henry Dixon and Themis Bower as he had settle for fifth.
Cureton was chased hard by Bristol & West AC's Hugh Sadler in sixth place and with support from Anton Mills (13th), Henry Adams (15th), and Rubin Wilmhurst (18th) the Bristol & West quartet finished second team behind the all powerful Team Bath boys. Likewise, Allen was fifth and first local runner in the under-13 girls' race with the North Somerset AC pair of Harriet Emery and Sara Flower also making the top ten in seventh and eigth respectively. Westbury's Sophie Reed worked hard to finish 13th.
Harriett's older sister Jasmine finished seventh in the under-15 girls' race, but lost a certain place after going off course.
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In the under-17 men' race. Bristol & West's Miles Chandler was 12th and club-mate Corey Haynes finished 17th in the under-15 boys age group. Otherwise local young athletes appeared to give the event a miss as they prepare for the Avon Schools' Championships on Saturday.
England Athletics South West Club & Inter County Cross Country Championships, Bicton College, Budleigh Salterton: Under-17 men: 1 Alex Carter (TBAC) 18:37; 2 Oliver Fox (Wells) 18:52; 3 Joe Walton (Taun) 19:08. Teams – clubs: 1 Wells City Harriers 43. Counties: 1 Somerset 20 2 Dorset 30; 3 Devon 59. Under-15 boys: 1 William Battershill (EVH) 12:50; 2 Sam Sommerville (Wells) 13:27; 3 Kieran Garraway (Ridgeway Sch) 13:33. Teams – clubs: 1 Exeter 41; 2 Wells 56; 3 Cornwall AC 144. Counties: 1 Devon 25; 2 Somerset 25; 3 Wiltshire 43. Under-13 boys: 1 John Howorth (TBAC) 10:49 2 Robert Howorth (TBAC) 10:50; 3 Henry Dixon (TBAC) 10:59; 4 Themis Bower (TBAC) 11:01. Teams – clubs: 1 Taunton 10; 2 Bristol & West 52; 3 Newquay & Par 91. Counties: 1 Cornwall 35; 2 Devon 44; 3 Somerset 49. Under-17 women: 1 Isobel Glaisher (Wells) 16:25; 2 Lillie Bellamy (Swin) 16:50; 3 Holly Brown (Taun) 17:22. Teams – clubs: 1 Wells City Harriers 30. Counties: 1 Somerset 15; 2 Wiltshire 33; 3 Devon 58. U15 girls: 1 Gemma Shepherd (MADJA) 14:44; 2 Yasmin Watling (TBAC) 15:02; 3 Emily Ackford (CoPly) 5:05. Teams – clubs: 1Wells 92; 2 Newquay & Par 101. Counties: 1 Devon 23; 2 Dorset 39; 3 Cornwall 46. Under-13 girls: 1 Amelia Vance (Taun) 11:28; 2 Sian Temple (Tavi) 11:41; 3 Sophie Jones (Taun) 11:46. Teams – clubs: 1 Taunton AC 40; 2 North Devon Ac 102; 3 Newquay & Par 133.