Czura and Wellington hit top speed as City of Portsmouth athletes impress in Aldershot

Jacob O'Hara, Lachlan Wellington, Harry Moore and Adam Kimber
Jacob O'Hara, Lachlan Wellington, Harry Moore and Adam Kimber
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Josie Czura and Lachlan Wellington enjoyed double medal success on a stunning day for City of Portsmouth at the South of England Road Relay Championships.

Czura recorded the fastest time in the under-15 girls’ relay to get the individual gold and lead City to team glory.

Anya Pigden, Josie Czura and Olivia Wiseman

Anya Pigden, Josie Czura and Olivia Wiseman

Anya Pigden took the team out and clocked a time of 11min 41sec on leg one.

Czura then stormed to a time of 10.06 before handing on to Olivia Wiseman with City in the lead.

Wiseman kept that advantage as she finished in 10.57 – the ninth quickest under-15 girl on the undulating course of just under 3k – to secure the team gold medal.

South London club Herne Hill finished in second in the race held at Rushmoor Arena, in Aldershot.

Wellington was the quickest out of all the runners in the under-15 boys’ race as he won the individual gold.

He also climbed onto the podium with Jacob O’Hara, Adam Kimber and Harry Moore as they secured a team bronze.

Kimber delivered a good 10.35 time on the opening leg, despite suffering in the heat on what was a very warm day for September.

Wellington produced his stunning second leg of 9.17 and O’Hara produced the seventh fastest leg of the day to put City first (9.34).

Moore took the baton on for the final leg and produced a measured effort to bring the team home third (10.36).

City coach Vince Stamp said: ‘It was a really good performance and the first time our under-15 girls have won the age group.

‘Olivia and Josie were both in the top-10 fastest legs of the day.

‘Josie ran the fastest leg time for the third year in a row at the relays.

‘She took us from 17th to first and Olivia was then able to extend the advantage in the final stages.

‘For the boys, Adam Kimber ran well despite suffering in the heat.

‘He can’t remember any of the final kilometre. It was amazing he kept going.

‘Lachlan gained 26 places to put us fourth and Jacob gained three places to put us in the lead.

‘Harry knew what he had to do and he did really well.’

City under-15 girls B squad finished 21st overall, while the under-15 boys B squad placed 30th.

The under-13 girls A team produced a fine performance to secure 11th place, with the B team finishing 25th.

The under-17 women’s A squad finished 16th, with the B team 40th.

Next up is the national road relays on Sunday, October 4 at Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham.

Stamp said: ‘It was a fantastic set of results for the club.

‘Now we are looking ahead to the nationals and I’m looking for the under-15 boys and girls to really be in with a shot of getting national medals.’