day's XC at Chorley
small sign on arrival read "What better way to spent Valentine's Day
than running a Mid Lancs cross country race!". Rhea Ellis
enjoyed this course although she did get her hands dirty when she fell on
stream crossing. But that didn't stop her leading all the way and
winning in 12:12, 150m ahead of the next girl.
County schools championships
the Junior Girls race, Rhea Ellis was again the star attraction. As
the pack settled down after a long fast start, Rhea emerged as the front
runner. Over the next two laps she gently eased ahead and with no-one
able to take her on she won the race, and the series, comfortably by 40
takes medals at Sportshall Final
Rhea long jumped
5m 03 but it was in the speed bounce that she was thought to be a medal
prospect and, indeed, with a PB of 79, she took a silver medal.
Challenge European Trials in Liverpool. The
under-13 girls race was over
3K and Rhea Ellis was holding her own amongst the best in the country, covering
the distance in 10:28, that's 45 secs faster than she ran the same course last
Waterloo AC - Individual 'Bishops' were awarded for the top scorers in each
category, and Rhea Ellis won the award for the cross-country. She also scooped
the club award for the Junior Athlete of the Year, an improved athlete award,
for improvement in 1200/1500m on the track from grade 4 to grade 1 in a single
a Northern bronze for Rhea
England AA cross country championships were held over undulating parkland
in Sherdley Park, with support from St Helens Council and local athletic
clubs. But it was a testing course with hills - sorry, hills are
only in the mind! - and a fair bit of mud. As this year's emphatic
county and county schools cross country champion, Rhea Ellis was a good
medal prospect and so it proved when she took bronze in the under 13
a very fast start, Rhea settled into the race and worked her way up to 6th
after the first lap. Towards the end of the second, with about 400m
to go, she had worked her way up to 4th and then made her break, holding
on to 3rd place with two other girls chasing her all the
to the line. She finished the 3km course in 12 mins 51. Rhea
has led from the front in almost all her races this season and in the
different conditions today showed great tactical awareness.
Country Championships- Rhea Ellis was the firm favourite going into the 3km
under 13s race and she was well up for it! By the half way stage she had
built up an impressive lead and finished in 12:50, nearly a minute ahead of the
second placed girl - (that's about 300m!)
National XC Champs
under 13 girls race over 2 short laps for 3K. Towards the top of
the hill on the first lap, Rhea Ellis was lying about 20th and by the end
of lap 1 was up to 8th place. She ran perhaps the best race of the
season finishing 4th in 11:49, beating Stockport's Lucy McLoughlin and
Alexandra Wheatman from Scarborough, who won this year's Northern XC
Champs, in the process.
Rhea Ellis took part in
the junior Girls' race at English
Schools. As the girls charged down the
hill at the start, it was a delight to hear the commentary coming over the
PA system, pointing out the runners to watch in this race.
"..and Merseyside's Rhea Ellis, number 404, 6th in last weekend's
inter-counties and 4th in the Nationals."
The fast downhill
start was not ideal for Rhea but she tested herself against the older
girls and gave everything to finish brilliantly in 29th place, and 1st
has had an outstanding cross country season and was expected to do well
here today but even the best laid schemes sometimes go wrong!
sooner had they left the starting pens than Rhea found herself boxed in
and was well adrift of the leaders as she came passed the first kilometre
mark. But she fought back well and gradually got herself back into
contention. With half a kilometre to go, she was sitting just behind
a pack of girls in about 15th place and powered through to finish 6th
overall, in 13:43, and 1st Merseyside counter.
At the AAAs
Young Athlete road relays in Sutrton Coldfield , Rhea Ellis recorded the 11th
fastest time of the day finishing the 1st leg in 14:55 for 4th place.
Junior T&F Champs
under 15s were only allowed to run 3000m on the track from last year there
was no race for under 15 girls and so Rhea was entitled to run in the
under 17 women's event. And what a race she had! After the first
200m she had settled into second place and stayed with the leading group
throughout the race, finishing just outside the medals in 4th place in
10:39.29, a personal best time by 21 seconds, a new club record for all
our female age groups and just 9 secs off a grade 1 time for an under 17
women. Rhea is, of course, only a first year under 15 girl!
||English Schools XC
||UK Inter-Counties XC
||Woollaton Park, Nottingham