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Mutsaars one of the young Bourton stars
12:40pm Sunday 8th July 2012 in Other Sport
BOURTON Roadrunners juniors boasted 30 competitors in a field of just under 150 at the Sherborne Fun Run.
The race around Sherborne woods raised cash for the local primary school but the recent rain made conditions challenging on an undulating two-kilometre course.
Under 15s girl Rosie Mutsaars won overall in style.
Fellow Roadrunner Felicity Darwent continued her dominance of the under 11s girls’ category with a strong run to take the win.
She was closely followed by third-placed Lucy Griffin, who will take over Darwent’s crown as she moves up to under 13s next season.
Just behind was Josephine Mutsaars in fourth and Kate Edgerton in sixth.
Spring training helped Helena West to seventh ahead of eighth-placed Isobel Hatley and they were backed up by Eleanore Gilbert in 14th, Emily Williams in 17th and Ellie Edgerton in 18th.
Celia Darwent, Annabella Williams, Millie Phipp and Freya Gilbert enjoyed fine races, finishing third, fourth, fifth and seventh respectively in the under sevens race ahead of older girls. The boys’ race was won in a close finish between two Bourton under 15s.
Tom Pinkham had a good lead with 400 metres to go but slipped in the mud and lost ground with Tom Pudifoot taking the lead with 50m left. But Pinkham battled back well and just took him on the line to claim the race.
Ben Darwent returned to finish fourth and was closely followed by Alex Darwent in fifth with the four Roadrunners looking a strong team for the cross-country season.
The under 11s race was again dominated by the hard-working Dylan Williams with another race triumph added to his collection.
He was fourth overall, ahead of older boys, but was pushed by the ever-improving Max Pinkham in second.
Hot on their heels was Charlie Davidson in third and Daniel Bufton had a poor start but finished seventh.
James Sykes was 13th and Toby Phipp, one of the youngest in this age category, managed 15th. The under sevens race was close up front as Beau Griffin capped his club debut with fourth position on a tough course.
Arthur Hanson was 17th.