Kimber, Wellington and O’Hara earn silver success in national road relays

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Adam Kimber, Lachlan Wellington and Jacob O’Hara teamed up to seal silver for City of Portsmouth in the National Road Relay Championships.

The trio only missed out on the gold medal by just eight seconds as 77 teams from across Great Britain battled in the under-15 age group in Birmingham.

City of Portsmouth under-13girls

City of Portsmouth under-13girls

Kimber led the City team out with a solid 13min 36sec opening leg to put them in 27th place.

Wellington then took over and gained 24 spots to bring them up to third place with a great time of 12.04.

He was a full 16 seconds clear of his nearest rival in the age group.

O’Hara took the baton on for the third leg and with a 12.30 time, the fourth fastest of the day, he brought them home in second place.

We thought he was going to get him but in the end the Shaftesbury lad finished well

Vince Stamp

City coach Vince Stamp revealed it looked as though the gold was in sight for O’Hara as he closed in on the finishing line at the end of his excellent leg.

He said: ‘Jacob was chasing the lad from Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers.

‘We thought he was going to get him but in the end the Shaftesbury lad finished well. He ran the second fastest time of the day to seal the gold medal.

‘Adam proved himself to earn the first spot and he ran well. He put in a solid performance.

‘We had plenty of athletes fighting for that place.’

Wellington’s excellent form also saw him smash the course record in the Goodwood relays.

He cut 12 seconds off the previous under-15 best with a time of 8.32.

Former Great Britain athlete Richard Nerurkar was watching the race and he was impressed by Wellington’s display.

Stamp said: ‘When Richard saw a Portsmouth vest coming up the hill in first place after overtaking so many runners he said: “that lad has got some exceptional talent”. Lachlan has been in brilliant form.’

The City under-15 B squad – Joshua Goldfinch (13:59), Callum Crook (13:59) and Callum Shea (13:57) – finished 30th at the nationals in Birmingham.

City’s under-13 girls’ A squad were also in excellent form as they went close to making it onto the podium.

Charlotte Bullard ran the first leg in 15.33 to put the team in 19th position.

Saffron Moore took them up to seventh with a time of 15.14, and Nicole Ainsworth clocked 15.18 on the final leg to seal a good fifth-place finish for the team.

The under-17 ladies from City finished 20th out of 68 complete teams.

Bobbie Davies ran the first leg in 15.42 for 36th place.

Elizabeth Hedley took over and finished in 14.48 for 21st, before Elizabeth Rose brought the team home in 15.22.

City under-15 girls were without star runner Josie Czura due to illness but still finished 17th.

Anya Pigden (14.58), Olivia Wiseman (14.23) and Eleanor Purdue (15.43) ran well.