Junior News 2024

Junior Section Report for May 2024

May was a relatively quiet month for the Juniors, with only two races to report on as follows:

Tuesday, 21st May

Harriers Handicap

Korey Langston was the only Junior to run in this Harrier organised event, on what turned out to be a mild and muggy spring evening, with the local bugs certainly biting! Korey ran exceptionally well finishing in first place in a time of 27:34 – a massive well done to Korey!

Wednesday, 29th May

5K Time Trial, Castlefields

We had just one junior competing in this event running against the seniors, which was Jenson Dixon, this one being the second in the series to be held on a Wednesday evening from April through to September and is intended for people to measure their improvement on the same course over a period of time. Jenson ran really well finishing in 21:25, knocking off almost 4 minutes from the previous time he ran the course in April, proving these sessions really do work and you get out from them, what you put in.

We have also seen some Juniors continue to compete in the local Park Runs, which is always pleasing to see, particularly with them being non-Harrier events. Regular participation in these really does help bringing people’s times down over the weeks and months. Well done to everyone who took part in these various events.

Finally, the Club has invested in some training equipment and new style vests for the Juniors, funded by the recent grant that has been secured, thanks to the Chairman. The equipment includes cones, hurdles, hoops, agility poles and a precision speed ladder which will be used over the coming summer months as part of the Junior training programme. The vests will be worn by those Juniors representing the Club in the Cross Country events later in the year.

Junior Section Report for April 2024

April has been a quiet month for the Juniors, with only one event to report on.

Wednesday, 24th April

5K Time Trial, Castlefields

We had four juniors compete in this event running against the seniors, the first in the series to be held on a Wednesday evening from April through to September and is intended for people to measure their improvement on the same course over a period of time.

Name
Position
Time
Fraser Stamp
1
22:17
Jenson Dixon
3
25:10
Olivia Stamp
4
25:47
Isla Muller
6
27:18

A big well done to Fraser for winning this event and to everyone who took part in this event. Can you run a faster time next month?

A few of our juniors continue to participate in the local Parkruns, which is pleasing to see, and like the time trial, provide a great opportunity for them to assess their performance over time on the same course.

The Monday night training sessions at the Cricket Club have continued to be steady with typically around 15 Juniors in attendance, and some new faces showing up, which has been encouraging to see. The Wednesday night sessions also continue to see a few juniors attend and the lighter nights now offer more scope for improved and varied training sessions.

Junior Section Report for March 2024

Saturday, 16th March

English Schools Athletic Association Cross Country Championships

George Millinchip was representing Staffordshire in this prestigious event, facing some very stiff competition, finishing in 255th place and a time of 17:54, out of 329 runners. Very well done George for putting in a great performance.

Sunday, 17th March

Stafford Half Marathon 1 mile Fun Run

We had Dougie Crawford, Jack Dowlan and Ruby Evans all run in this event, heading their way around the streets of Stafford, all putting in some fantastic performances, so well done everyone!

Saturday, 23rd March

Sutton Park Road Championships

We had six Juniors running in this popular event, as follows.

Under 13 Boys

Name
Position
Time
Daniel Plimmer
25
23:38
Jenson Dixon
28
24:14
Ollie Hylton
30
27:22
Travis Greensill
31
29:02

Total No. Runners: 31

U15 Boys

Name
Position
Time
George Millinchip
4
18:16
Korey Langston
21
22:42

Total No. Runners: 22

A big well done to everyone who ran in this event.

Junior Section Report for February 2024

February saw some activity for one Junior in particular this being George Millinchip, having competed in an inter-school cross country event, a Park Run on Cannock Chase, as well as the Dirty Dozen also at the same venue. George has continued to produce some excellent times at these events, firstly at the Staffordshire Schools County Cross Country Championships on 3rd February, where he came 4th overall in his age group (Y10/Y11), and second within Stafford, in a time of 18:10 over a distance of 5K. By finishing top 6 he has been awarded a place in the National Event where he will represent Staffordshire. Next on the 10th February George won the Cannock Chase Park Run finishing in a time of 18:17 and getting a PB for his efforts. Finally on 24th February he ran in the Dirty Dozen 12K Trail event and was the first Harrier home in a time of 59:08, ahead of the Club’s Chairman Nitesh Thakrar. A massive well done to George for representing the Club at these events and for putting in some fantastic performances.

Also putting in some excellent times and achieving some great results at the local Parkruns, we’ve seen Dan Plimmer, Oliver Richardson and Douglas Crawford out in force – well done and keep up the good work!

Junior Section Report for January 2024

January has been a quiet month for the Juniors with only one known race in which we have seen some participation, as well as the local Park Runs, where we have had a few taking part in these events, all putting in some top performances.

Sunday, 28th January

Walton Wobble 10K

George Millinchip and Finlay Summers both ran in this local event George being the first Harrier back finishing in 9th place, in a time of 40:18 and first in his age category, whilst Fin finished in 76th place, in a time of 50:36 and was also first in his age category. A big well done to both for completing the hilly course and putting in some great performances.

Following the Christmas break the Monday night training sessions at the Cricket Club started back up on 8th January and have proved to be popular with some new faces showing up, and there has been further interest in the Wednesday night sessions, which has been encouraging to see.

 

 

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