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National pride for Beagles as they battle to ninth place in the cross-country relays

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 November 2017

Newham & Essex Beagles team for the National 4-stage cross-country relay. Niall Sheehan, Dale Clutterbuck, Eoin Pierce and Jayme Rossiter

Newham & Essex Beagles team for the National 4-stage cross-country relay. Niall Sheehan, Dale Clutterbuck, Eoin Pierce and Jayme Rossiter

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Newham & Essex Beagles team manager Tony Shiret declared himself ‘satisfied’ with his team after they battled to a top 10 finish at the National Four-Stage Cross-Country relay in Mansfield on Saturday.

Beagles youngsters at the free training day on Sunday morning at the London Marathon Community Track Beagles youngsters at the free training day on Sunday morning at the London Marathon Community Track

The Beagles battled their way to finish ninth on the day, though Shiret felt they could have gone even higher.

“I am not exactly jumping for you, but I was happy with a top 10 finish, it is just about where we are at the moment,” he said this week. “I think if we had out the team we had selected at the beginning of the week, then we could have been around sixth, but we are not quite of the calibre of the winners at the moment.”

The winning team was Tonbridge after a battling display on the last leg saw them hold off a talented Aldershot, Farnham & District team, while the Beagles were just over two minutes down on the winners.

“We had Josh Trigwell pencilled in for the last leg and then when he was unavailable, Victor Nutakor came in, but he is struggling with injury,” explained Shiret.

“In the end we got Niall Sheehan who always keeps himself pretty fit and he did really well. He dropped one place on the last leg, but I thought he ran well.”

Dale Clutterbuck led the team off, finishing in 16mins 11secs to hand over in 22nd place.

The top runner for the Beagles was Jayme Rossiter on leg two who lifted them to ninth with a run of 15.58.

“He has come from Loughborough University and is a steeplechaser so this sort of event is great for him and he did really well,” said Shiret.

Eoin Pierce lifted them another place to eighth with 16.37, while Sheehan clocked 16.46 as the team finished ninth.

“It was annoying to get beaten by a B team (Aldershot), but we have been consistent this season.”

Newham take a strong team to Welwyn for the second Met League match this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Beagles held the first of their weekly coaching sessions for youngsters at their new London Marathon Community Track.

Around a dozen young athletes attended the session and the club will look to build up from there.

Anyone is welcome to the free sessions, with registration at 10am and the sessions starting at 10.30am as part of the Inspirations Programme.

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