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Triple medal success for Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 15, 2012

Lincoln Wellington under-17 women, from left, Abbie Donnelly, Rebekah Ward, Catrina Thomas

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There was triple delight for Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club when they excelled at the North of England cross-country relays.

The club's under-17 women, under-17 men and senior women all picked up medals at the event held at Graves Park in Sheffield.

The teams battled it out over a distance that will be shorter than some future events they face.

However, the downpour of rain prior to the races left the slopes on the course softened and it as a tough physical test for the teams.

The under-17 women were first away and hoping to repeat their recent gold medal winning performance at the Northern road relays.

Rebekah Ward was never too far off the pace and some powerful surges on the hills brought her back in front on leg one in eight minutes 32 seconds.

Catrina Thomas was overhauled on the hill in the middle of leg two, but still held on to second spot in 9:03.

A run of 8:33 from Abbie Donnelly on the final leg was easily enough to pick up the silver medals for the team.

The Wellington under-17 men were not long in following suit.

A good effort from Dylan Love saw him back in 7:25 for seventh place on the first leg.

Promising new member Elliott Stones improved to fourth on lap two with 7:20.

Haran Dunderdale finished well in 7:12 to clinch the runner's up position.

The most unexpected medals went to the senior women's squad who performed superbly to grab third place and the bronze medals.

Sophie Cowper got the team off to a very sound start with 12:46 for ninth place.

Rochelle Harrison then turned in a particularly eye-catching performance to move up two places to seventh in 13:20.

Nat Farrow started quite sensibly on the last leg, but once on the hills she motored past the group ahead of her and ran strongly to the line to complete an excellent club result.

Her time of 12:25 was the fifth fastest in the race.

The senior men's team was not at its strongest, but some consistent running gave them a very creditable eighth place.

Shane Robinson came home in fifth on the opening leg in 10:46 and Richard Brown moved up one place on leg two in 10:57.

Josh Stone's 11:25 on lap three dropped him back a couple of places.

Beren Cross put in a solid run of 11:50 on the final lap, but the team was pushed back two further places.

Laura Wilkinson led off for the under-15 girls team and after losing a few places on the long hill climb she rallied well in the closing stages to finish 10th in 8:27.

Rhiannon Martin turned in a good effort to lose just a couple of places in 9:06 and although sprinter Sophie Melligan had her stamina severely tested she kept going well to finish 18th in 10:47.

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