Caitlin has rea­son for de­but cheer

Burton Mail - - Sport -

CAITLIN McCar­ney shone on her Bur­ton AC de­but.

In the un­der-11 girls 1.6k race at Ship­ley Park, she fin­ished third in 6.58 with­out any spe­cific cross-coun­try train­ing go­ing into the event.

But there was frus­tra­tion for Maisie True­man in the U13 girls 3.4k race.

She went into the race at Ship­ley in joint first in the stand­ings af­ter a win and a se­cond place in pre­vi­ous meet­ings, while her train­ing part­ner Paige Barker was joint fourth af­ter sixth and fourth­place fin­ishes.

It all seemed to be go­ing to plan with 1K to go with both Bur­ton girls in the lead­ing pack.

Then dis­as­ter struck as True­man had to re­tire from the race due to ill­ness.

Barker was track­ing Sarah Bourne, the other joint leader, and the Bur­ton run­ner used her strength to break clear on a long down­hill sec­tion be­fore driv­ing up the fi­nal hill to gain her first cross-coun­try vic­tory in 14.04, win­ning by 16 sec­onds.

In the same age group, Mil­lie Clarke ran well to fin­ish 23rd in 16.56, leav­ing Bur­ton in third place.

In the com­bined U13 boys and U15 girls 3.4K race, Lauren Ford made her de­but for the club and was us­ing spikes for the first time.

She fin­ished 19th in 16.01, while Lily True­man was 35th in 19.35 as the team fin­ished fourth.

In the U13 boys, Fred­die Kugel­mann was 20th in 16.05, Toby Hedges 26th in 16.40 and Todd Blis­sett 33rd in 19.38 as the team fin­ished ninth.

In the U17 mens 6.1K race, Jack Shorten ran a well-paced race to fin­ish 9th, his best po­si­tion so far, in 23.39 to move to eighth in the league stand­ings.

The com­bined U20 and se­nior mens race had over 240 run­ners.

Cal­lum Ab­ber­ley was 17th in 35.40 to stay in the lead in the U20s. Matt Lear started strongly and fin­ished 53rd in 38.42, Jonathon Dumelow was 179th in 47.53 and Rob Shar­ratt was 221st in 54.18.

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