23 February 2014

National Cross Country Championships

National Gold for Ben!

Ben Dijkstra won the U15 boys race at the English National Cross Country Championships which was held at Woolaton Park, Nottingham yesterday. The confident youngster bided his time before he broke away to win convincingly over Markhim Lonsdale, Crook & District Sports Ac by 15 seconds. Despite the weather of late, the course was exceptionally firm underfoot with only a few muddy patches and Ben made light work of the 4.5k course to finish in 13.55.

A top 10 finish was on the cards for Mari Smith who finished in a great 8th place in the U17 womens race. Mari completed the 5k course in 18:35 and was the first Leicestershire athlete to finish on the day.

There were some great performances from the athletes, some of whom were competing at the Nationals for the first time and all of the athletes must be congratulated on their achievements on the day. There were record numbers of competitors in the majority of races and places were not necessarily reflective of the times.

Full results:

Junior Men 10k
David Robertson 109th place 36.18
Jamie Short 117th place 36.37
Harry Short 138th place 37.31

Junior Women 6k
Jasmin Southam 106th place 28.05

Senior Women 8k
Catherine Robertson 415th place 39.28

U13g 3k
Neve Grimes 29th place 12.42
Emma Richards 103rd place 13.24
Grace Smith 188th place 14.00
Emma Gascoigne 246th place 14.23
Connie-May Roper 252nd place 14.25
Beane Moores 270th place 14.33
Zena Challenger 271st place 14.33 
Team 17th place 566 points

U15b 4.5k
Ben Dijkstra 1st place 13.55
Alfie Thompson 29th place 14.58
Josh West 125th place 15.56
Harry freeman 169th place 16.24
Oliver Freer 245th place 17.11
Team 10th place 324 points

U15g 4k
Megan Rowley 161st place 18.21
Jordan Waine 193rd place 18.40
Georgia Smith 224th place 19.01
Alex West 272nd place 20.06
Team 30th place 850 points 

U17m 6k
Josh Greaves 64th place 21.37
Tom Loring 101st place 22.07
Jack Thomson 119th place 22.21
Amrik Gill 141st place 22.44
Cameron Smith 228th place 24.35
Team 10th place 425 points

U17w 5k
Mari Smith 8th place 18.35
Caelidh Ross 31st place 19.34



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