Junior News 2022

Junior Section Report for November 2022

November has been a quiet month generally for the Juniors, with little or no races to report on.

However, we have seen some juniors participating in two of our local Park Runs; Oliver Richardson has been putting in some great effort at the Cannock Chase venue, and similarly Daniel Plimmer at the Isabel Trail venue, well done both and keep up the great work!

With the dark nights well upon us now, the Monday night training sessions have continued to attract a consistent attendance of between typically 20 and 25, which has been pleasing to see.

Park Hall

NSCCL Race 3

29th October 2022

Junior results

Pos
Name
Gender
AG
Time
14
Sharna Burbridge
F
F11
9:50
20
Jenson Dixon
M
M11
10:34
15
Brandon Smart
M
M13
10:21
24
Finley Summers
M
M13
11:35
16
George Millinchip
M
M15
12:02
13
Lucas Willson
M
M17
23:45
19
Ben Green
M
M17
31:32

 

Junior Section Report for October 2022

Saturday, 15th October

2nd North Staffs Cross Country Race, Stafford Common

We had 10 Juniors running on home ground, on what turned out to be a sunny autumnal afternoon, as follows:-

Under 11 Girls

Name
Position
Time
Sharna Burbridge
16
6:41

Total number of finishers: 27

Under 11 Boys

Name
Position
Time
Jacob Cornfield
16
6:07
Jenson Dixon
18
6:09
Eli Willson
41
7:11

Total number of finishers: 44 U11 Boys Current Position: 8th

Under 13 Girls

Name
Position
Time
Asha Willson
29
7:06

Total number of finishers: 27

Under 13 Boys

Name
Position
Time
Jack Dawson
9
10:24
Brandan Smart
14
11:10
Finley Summers
19
11:37

Total number of finishers: 25 U13 Boys Current Position: 2nd

Under 15 Boys

Name
Position
Time
George Millinchip
18
16:56
Reuben Willson
20
18:52

Total number of finishers: 20

Well done to all that took part in this event.

Saturday, 29th October

3rd North Staffs Cross Country Race, Park Hall

We had just 5 Juniors running in this event, as follows:-

Under 11 Girls

Name
Position
Time
Sharna Burbridge
14
09:50

Total number of finishers: 27

Under 11 Boys

Name
Position
Time
Jenson Dixon
20
10:34

Total number of finishers: 33 U11 Boys Current Position: Not published as of 30/10/22

Under 13 Boys

Name
Position
Time
Brandan Smart
15
10:21
Finley Summers
24
11:35

Total number of finishers: 29 U13 Boys Current Position: Not published as of 30/10/22

Under 15 Boys

Name
Position
Time
George Millinchip
16
12:02

Total number of finishers: 17

Well done to all that took part in this event.

Outside of the Harriers Brandan Smart competed in a Schools Cross-Country event and put in a great performance – well done Brandan!

Despite the darker nights, we have been seeing between 15 and 25 juniors in attendance at the Monday night training sessions which is reasonable.

Following the Committee’s decision to use some of the funding from Together Active to purchase some clothing for those Juniors who have regularly represented the Club at various events, including the recent cross country races, eleven sets of hoodies and t-shirts have now been procured and supplied. It was really good to see those who attended the Park Hall event wearing their new outfits, all looking great in the Harriers colours.

Junior Section Report for September 2022

Wednesday, 7th September

Showground Relays (2 miles)

We had three Junior teams running in this event organised by the Harriers, all putting in some great performances.

Team 1 Harrier Boy Racers

Name Position Time
Jack Dawson 103 12:05
Reuben Willson 409 15:29
George Millinchip 319 14:23
Jack Dawson 186 13:02
Total Team Time 55:00

A big thanks to Jack for stepping in at the last moment and running two legs!

Team 2 Harrier Boys Know their Place

Name Position Time
Jenson Dixon 397 15:19
Louis Smith 382 15:05
Asha Willson 481 16:48
Jacob Cornfield 320 14:23
Total Team Time 01:01:37

Team 3 Harrier Will Smith

Name Position Time
Eli Willson 532 17:46
Frankie Smith 457 16:21
Bella Smith 416 15:37
Isaac Smith 435 16:03
Total Team Time 01:05:49

Total number runners in field: 636

Saturday, 17th September

North Staffs Cross Country League – Betley Court Farm

With the return of the NSCCL, this race being the first in a series of four held at Betley Court Farm – a lovely rural course, on what turned out to be a warm and sunny afternoon. We had seven Juniors running as follows.

Under 11 Girls – 2K

Name
Position
Time
Sharna Burbridge
15
8:05

Total number runners in field: 25

Under 13 Boys – 3.5K

Name
Position
Time
Brandon Smart
13
12:29
Finley Summers
22
14:24

Total number runners in field: 25

Under 15 Boys – 4.3K

Name
Position
Time
George Millinchip
17
13:32
Reuben Willson
19
15:08

Total number runners in field: 19

Under 17 Boys – 5K

Name
Position
Time
Lucas Willson
9
18:39
Ben Green
17
24:21

Total number runners in field: 18

Well done to everyone who ran in this event, all putting in some fantastic effort and achieving some great times.

Thursday, 22th September

Harriers Handicap

On what turned out to be a dark and wet night, we had just one Junior running, George Millinchip as follows:

Name
Position
Net Time
George Millinchip
1
28:52

Congratulations to George for winning the race not just on this occasion, but for the second consecutive time and for being 1min 43sec faster than previously – a massive well done George!

A few of our Juniors have continued to take part in the local Saturday morning Park Runs, achieving some excellent times.

Having settled back in to the school term, we have seen a slight increase in Juniors attending the Monday night training sessions at the Cricket Club, with some new faces coming along, which has been encouraging to see.

Junior Section Report for August 2022

August is traditionally a quiet month for the Juniors and races, with many people away on holiday, and therefore we are not aware of any participation in any events other than some Park Runs.

We have however over the last month continued to witness reasonable attendance at the Monday Junior training sessions held at the Cricket Club, which has been pleasing to see, and we have got two teams for the Showground Relays to be held this week, and have some interest in the North Staffs Cross Country races due to start later this month.

Junior Section Report for July 2022

20th July 2022

Staffs Knot 2 Mile Fun Run

We had eight of our juniors running in this event, which was put on and organised by the Harriers, and for some this was their first time competing. Jack Dawson finished in 2nd place in an excellent time of 11:49 – well done to Jack and of course all of the Juniors for representing the Club, and putting in some fantastic performances, and great to see some family participation too.

Name
Position
Time
Jack Dawson
2
11:49
Charlie Martin
6
16:14
Bella Smith
8
16:25
Frankie Smith
13
18:08
Isaac Smith
14
18:22
Darcey Pestel
15
18:33
Elodie Pestel
16
18:52
Martha Pestel
26
26:38

On Saturday, 9th July Reuben Willson ran his 100th Park Run, being paced by his brother Lucas, finishing in an impressive time of 26:08; this is a fantastic achievement, well done Reuben and keep going!

In terms of attendance over the last month it has been fairly consistent at the Monday Junior training sessions held at the Cricket Club, although this is expected to drop off during August due to the holiday season, then pick up once again during September.

Junior Section Report for June 2022

June has been a relatively quiet month for the juniors, with only one known race to report on.

26th June 2021

Stone St Michael’s Relays

We had two teams of five running in this event, each junior running 2K legs, which took place alongside the main 10K race, having four changeover points on the course, on what turned out to be a warm morning.

Team 1:

Name
Leg
Jack Dawson
A
Asha Willson
B
Shauna Burbridge
C
Finley Summers
D
Ely Willson
E

Team 2:

Name
Leg
George Millinchip
A
Brandon Smart
B
Hayden Marlow
C
Reuben Willson
D
Freya Harriott
E

For many of the juniors, this was their first competitive event, running alongside the adults, and they all put in some fantastic performances, and for many gave the adults a run for their money! All that ran received a medal and goodie bag, along with a photo of the Mayor of Stone! A big thanks to the parents for helping out with the changeover points.

The juniors were very lucky to have an England Athletics coach take one of their Monday night training sessions during the early part of June, which provided some fun coaching, but also some inspiration and learning was taken and has since been used by the junior coaches on subsequent sessions.

Attendance at the local park Runs has continued to take place by some of the juniors, which is always pleasing to see, and as always provides a great opportunity to benchmark performances and monitor improvement.

St Michael’s relay

26th June 2022

Well done to all the juniors who ran the Stone St Michael’s Relay race today, you all did brilliantly!

Junior Section Report for May 2022

May saw a couple of events put on by the Harriers in which we had some Juniors competing.

Thursday, 19th May

Harriers Handicap Race

Two of our Juniors competed in the first Handicap race of 2022, as follows.

Name
Position
Net Time
George Millinchip
1
30:35
Reuben Willson
6
31:45

A big well done to George for coming first and beating the seniors, and of course to Reuben, both putting in some excellent performances.

Wednesday, 25th May

5K Time Trial, Castlefields

This was the second of six events held monthly throughout the late spring and summer period, the last Wednesday of each month, and this time we had two Juniors running.

Name
Position
Time
Brandon Smart
15
24:10
Reuben Willson
16
24:26

Well done to Brandon and Reuben!

Some of our Juniors have continued to compete in the local Park Runs, which is always pleasing to see, particularly with them being non-Harrier events. Regular participation really does help bring people’s times down over the weeks and months. Well done to everyone who took place in these various events.

Junior Section Report for April 2022

April has been a relatively quiet month for the Juniors, with only a few events to report on.

Wednesday, 27th April

5K Time Trial, Castlefields

Jack Dawson was the only Junior to compete in this event, the first of six to be held the last Wednesday of each month through to September, and is intended for people to measure their improvement on the same course over time. Jack ran a very impressive 19:47, finishing in sixth position. Well done Jack!

Outside of the Harriers Brandon Smart has been doing some races at school, and finishing first in at least one of them – congratulations Brandon! Also, Reuben Willson, Finley Summers and George Millinchip have been running in some of the local Park Runs, all putting in some great performances, well done guys and keep up the fantastic effort.

The Monday night training sessions at the Cricket Club have continued to be steady with typically between 18 and 26 Juniors in attendance, and some new faces showing up, which has been encouraging to see. The lighter nights now open up more scope for improved and varied training sessions.

Junior Section Report for March 2022

Sunday, 13th March

Knighton Relays

Lucas Willson and Matthew Hilsdon ran in this event, along with Matthew’s dad, Phil (team name: Who brought Grandad?), in a total time of 2:06:20 and finishing in second place overall. Congratulations to Lucas and Matthew, oh and Phil for putting in a fantastic performance!

Sunday, 20th March

Stafford Half Marathon 1 mile Fun Run

We had three Juniors running in this local event, Finley Summers, Abe Langford and Shauna Burbridge, all putting in some great performances. Fin and Abe even managed to make the front-page photo of the Staffordshire Newsletter – well done all!

Saturday, 26th March

Derby Runner Midlands Counties Athletic Association 5K Championships, Sutton Park

Lucas Willson, Matthew Hilsdon and Ben Green ran in the U17 race, which saw some very stiff competition.

Name
Position
Time
Lucas Willson
25
18:35
Matthew Hilsdon
26
18:36
Ben Green
36
22:32

Finishing Team Position: 6th

Well done to everyone who ran in this event.

Some of our Juniors have continued to compete in the local Park Runs all putting in some great performances and achieving some awesome times – well-done guys!

Finally, it should be noted that over the last six months or so, our older Juniors – Lucas Willson, Matthew Hilsdon and Ben Green have moved into training with the seniors and running as young adults in races. On behalf of the Junior Coaches, I would like to express my thanks for their hard work, determination and commitment over the years in representing the Junior Harriers, and I hope they all continue to progress as they move into competing against the seniors. The Senior Harriers need to be watching out for these guys!

Junior Section Report for February 2022

February has been another quiet month for the Juniors, with no known race participation to report on other than the weekly Park Runs. Lucas Willson continues to produce excellent times at the Marquis Drive event with him running a new personal best of 18:51 on 26th February – well done to Lucas and to the other Juniors who regularly run in these events.

Phil Hilsdon has recently started back up the faster Wednesday night run and Matt has been keeping his Dad company on these – the other older and faster Juniors who are able to run at an 8min/mile over 5-6 miles are encouraged to attend these where possible.

The Junior Flyer has now been sent to the printers for final production – a special thanks to Ben Green and Lucas Willson for their help on this, as well as Tom Davall for his assistance in putting it all together, and Steve McHugh for printing. It is hoped copies will be ready to hand out at the Stafford Half Marathon as well as to distribute around the local community. Some of the Together Active funding will be used to pay for the printing of these flyers.

Junior Section Report for January 2022

January has been a quiet month for the Juniors with no participation in any races, as far as we know other than the local Park Runs, where we have seen a few taking part in these events, all putting in some great performances.

The Monday and Wednesday night training sessions at the Cricket Club started back up w/c 10th January and have proved to be popular with some new faces showing up on the Monday nights, which has been encouraging to see.

A new copy of the Junior Section advertising flyer has been kindly drafted up by Pete Williams and after consultation with the other Junior coaches it is has been agreed to pass this on to a chosen selection of Juniors so they can contribute accordingly and then finally arrange to have some artwork added. It is hoped copies of the flyer will then be distributed around the local community such as schools, leisure centres and supermarkets.

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