Bruce Judd Relays


The Surrey County cross country relays took place at Stoke Park in Guildford on Saturday, over a 2:5km course. The event is named after former Walton Life Member, Bruce Judd who organised this fixture for many years.

Walton had teams in four out of the six age groups and came away with three team silvers.

The day got off to a great start with the under 13 boys A team of Ollie Emment (7:33) Finn Punton (8:12) and Christopher Vaughan (8:06) taking team silver, with Ollie continuing his fine early season form running the days fastest leg.

Not to be outdone the under 17 men posed a real threat for medals and that was evident from the start as Ben Fitzpatrick stormed round the 2:5 course in 6:46 and came home in first place. Handing over to Ben Marks, Ben ran a superb leg coming home in 6:47, just behind a formidable AFD team. Ben then handed over to Ollie Coppellotti (7:21) who maintained good form and brought the team home in second place for another team silver.

The under 17 women were also in with a shout for medals and the trio of Rachel Pharaoh (8:26) Charlotte Vaughan (8:00) and Darby Begley-Jones (8:20) did themselves proud and were rewarded with team silver behind a strong Guildford team.

Other team performances:
The under 13 boys B team of Alex Histon Allvey (8:25) Josh Punton (8:27) and Jacob Gelona (8:50) came 11th and the incomplete C team only had two athletes, but both boys committed themselves well Harvey Ball (8:48) and Callum Stewart (9:46).

The under 15 boys A team Tom Jones (7:37) Rueben Leyland (7:51) and Jack Gemmell (7:32) came 8th and the B team of Ross Hurst (7:29) Archie Forsyth (8:12) and Ben Palmer (8:04) came 12th. Josef Daws-Twilley (8:07) ran first leg for the incomplete C team.

The under 17 B team of Joshua Taylor (7:33) Michael Cottrill (7:46) and Josef Hubbard (8:39) came 9th.

Huge congratulations to all the athletes, especially to those having their first taste of a Surrey Championships!

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