Battling some pretty strong heads, not to mention a bit of Sydney traffic, it was great to see that overall there was great fun and some fantastic results from the weekend.
Day 1: 5 Races; 22 Juniors running; 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal win.
|Tessa Constantine leading the girls off in the U16, 4 x 400m.|
|Tessa Constantine handing off to Ciara Sinclair|
|Edita Grinbergs taking over from Emma O'Reilly in U16 Girls|
|Fantastic result for the young team, coming |
in just 8 seconds behind the winner
(Tessa Constantine, Emma O'Reilly, Ciara Sinclair, Edita Grinbergs)
Later in the afternoon it was the girls back on the track, and after a tough race, with a great charge by Olivia Hogg moving the team from 6th to 3rd place, the team were rewarded with a Bronze medal!
|Olivia Hogg in action|
|Edita Grinsberg, Nicola Hogg, Olivia Hogg and Ciara Sinclair with a Bronze Medal in the U 14 4 x 800|
It couldn't get much more exciting for the U16 Boys 4 x 800 - Josh Phillips ran the first leg and broke 2 minutes for an 800m (very impressive!); each leg had a major tussle with Kembla Joggers, our main rival on the day and finished up with a Silver Medal.
|Jack Mills taking the baton from Josh Phillips|
in the U16 4 x 800
|Liam Gorman handing off to Bryn Lynch in the U16 4 x 800|
|Silver medal to U16 boys 4 x 800. (Liam Gorman, Josh Phillips, Bryn Lynch Jack Mills)|
|And they're off! Jack Coates and Hamish Longworth U14 and Daniel Francken U18 boys 4 x 1500|
|Cam Gorman in the U14 4 x 1500|
|Keiran Gorman U14 4 x 1500 A team|
|Tom Kirkland giving it his all in U14, 4 x 1500|
|Adam Halmy racing in the U18, 4 x 1500|
|Adam Halmy passes the baton to Harlan Mulherin|
|Keiran Tall enjoys the victory of Gold in U18, 4 x 1500|
|U18 Boys win GOLD! Daniel Francine, Keiren Tall, Adam Halmy, Harlan Mulherin|
Day 2:6 Races; 25 Athletes; 1 Gold and 1 Bronze
Day 2 continued with more epic battles, athletes giving it their all.. and the winds playing havoc on the track!
|Jack Coates passes to Keiran|
|Dan and Jack half way through the first leg of the U14, 4 x 800|
|Hamish Longworth passes the baton to Raffi Gordon for a great finish to U14, 4 x 800 B's|
|It's a Bronze to U14 4 x 800 A team! (Dan Rasmussen, Keiran Gorman, Dan Cooper, & Jack Coates)|
|Luke Gorman for U18 4 x 800|
|Ben Jagger and Keiran Tall U18 Boy's|
The two final races of the meet were the U16, 4 x 1500 boys and U14, 4 x 1500 Girls. The boys have a great team right now and proved themselves by getting a well deserved Gold!
|Josh Phillips taking the lead in first leg of U16, 4 x 1500|
|Liam Gorman passing the baton to 3rd runner Nick Corel|
|Jack Mills takes control of the race and |
leads the team to victory
|Gold to U16, 4 x 1500 team! (Jack Mills, Josh Phillips, Liam Gorman and Nick Corel)|
|Hannah Lovlin taking on the senior girls|
|Emma Kirkland takes off!|
|Strong finish by Sophie Gocher|
|Smiles all round from U14's and their leader Caroline |
(Sophie Gocher, Emma Kirkland, Carline Yarnell, Hannah Lovlin, Olivia Hogg)
What a terrific weekend of team racing for the Junior Striders! Big thanks to Caroline and Tony for training, organising, encouraging, counting laps, taking photo's, running, participating.. (and I am sure there was more!)
|Caroline Yarnell keeping the teams organised|
|Tony Wong - trainer and runner!|