Our young athlete cross country runners continued to set new records in the Frank Webb Trophy rankings this season; the trend is certainly upwards!
This year’s trophy winner is U13G Abigale Reid who managed to pick up maximum points in each of the ranking races – the first season that any athlete has managed that feat in the eight years of the Trophy’s history. She was however pushed by last year’s winner, U13B Jimmy Geller who kept pace with her by winning his first four events but who slipped places by being unable to participate in the Nationals. U13s dominate the top of the table, occupying the top ten places in the final rankings table. Abigale finished with a total of 235 points with Kezia Beeton on 193 and Tilly Major on 185. Nathan Wright and Jimmy Geller then follow closely behind on 180 and 178 points respectively.
Overall, this year’s performances follow last year’s improvement; we had a record of 51 runners finishing in at least one of the races (47 last year) and the total number of performances almost matched last year’s record of 189; this year the total of races finished was 188. The last two years have shown a substantial increase in participation from the previous five years where the total hovered between 94 and 117.
This year was the second time where we have had a fixture clash, the U13s and 15s having the choose between the Essex Championships at Writtle and the third Met League fixture (Uxbridge); we have been assured that this will not happen again (but will it?).
The other heartening aspect to the rankings this year is that the majority of the athletes finished several races. Two athletes (Abigale Reid and Emily Caton) completed the maximum seven of the eight races, whilst nine (Kezia Beeton, Tilly Major, Nathan Wright, Jimmy Geller, Larna Morgan, Rosemary Kelly, Reuban Fabian, Wren McLean-Jackson and Ben Savidge) only missed one race. It is this sort of participation that has enabled the young athletes to perform so well in our Met League races this winter. Their coaches deserve praise for providing the conditions for the improved results as well as for encouraging the new athletes to join and flourish.