THE WELCOMBE Wobbler and Trembler – one of the most popular events organised by Stratford Athletic Club – provided the stage for some of the club’s junior endurance runners, writes David Jones.
The Wobbler is two laps of approximately 5k each on a scenic, undulating course on the Welcombe Hills, with the Trembler comprising one lap of the same route.
A hugely impressive 17 of the first 20 finishers in the Trembler were Stratford AC runners, 16 of these being junior athletes. This was despite that fact many of the runners had run challenging cross-country races just 24 hours earlier.
First home for Stratford in third place was Josh Angus, who clocked 19 minutes, 17 seconds, a mere 12 seconds behind the winner and more than two minutes quicker than last year.
Alex Adams (19.51) was fourth, followed by Jack Hemming (5th – 19.55), while Ellen Taylor (6th – 20.08) ran her usual determined race to be first of the Stratford girls to finish.
Leading the ‘oldies’ home was Mike Sheppard (7th – 20.08), almost 40 seconds quicker than last year. He was delighted to be able to hold off the massed ranks of the under 15 runners he trains.
Archie Musk (8th – 20.23), Dion Love (9th – 20.38) and Adam Taylor (10th – 20.44) rounded off the top ten.
Rowan Love (11th – 20.45) was just seven seconds behind his brother while Adam Pomeroy (13th – 21.10) was running despite a broken wrist as the result of a recent accident while playing handball.
Ned Campbell (14th – 21.15) keeps getting better, while Georgie Campbell (15th – 21.33), another athlete who never gives anything other than 100 per cent, was the second Stratford girl to finish.
Matthew Ross (16th – 21.52) was a massive four minutes quicker than last year as he finished ahead of sisters Imogen Sheppard (17th – 21.54) and Jess Sheppard (27th – 23.15).
Daisy Musk (18th – 21.57) turned in another determined performance and Ellie Deaner (19th – 22.05) and Sean Mata (20th – 22.11) will both have been pleased with their efforts.
Harry Gravelsons (22nd – 22.24) will have been absolutely delighted to have finished 35 seconds ahead of his father Brian (24th – 22.59), whilst separating father and son was the ever-determined Edie Hutchinson (23rd – 22.35).
Oliver Wild (29th – 24.07), Fin Hutchinson (33rd – 25.01), Charlotte Gravelsons (34th – 25.11), Sophie Ross (35th – 25.14), Oscar Trinnick (39th – 26.24), Matthew Vickers (48th – 28.56), Joel Hinton (57th – 31.32) and Emily Wild (59th – 31.38) rounded off the 26 Stratford juniors to take part, emphasising the club has so many talented and enthusiastic young athletes.
The remaining runners from the senior section were Stephen Wild (49th – 29.08) Jean Hill (55th – 30.24) and the indefatigable Cindy Brittan (66th – 34.56), who was 15 minutes behind grandson Alex.
A total of 73 runners completed the race, which was won by Danielle Bryan of, Kenilworth Runners, in a time of 19.05.
In the longer 10k Welcombe Wobbler, Stratford were represented by six runners.
Leading the Stratford runners home was Kieran Tursner (8th – 37.06). He found it a highly enjoyable course, despite the hills, which he found really tough.
He was followed home by Andy Smith (37th – 43.22), Penny Stainthorp (52nd – 46.19), Ian Dyche (58th – 47.42), Chris Whateley (79th – 51.33) and Allan Coldicott (84th – 52.30).
Connor Carson was first of the 120 finishers, winning in 32.41 to complete a double for Kenilworth Runners.
The curtain-raiser to the two main races was a children’s fun run, in which the first two runners in the three-lap race were Stratford AC duo Caleb Spriggs (1st – 8.43) and sister Maisey-Joy (2nd – 9.06).