25 February 2015

Middle Distance Squad - National Cross Country Championships

Mud bath at Parliament Hill!

There was no escaping the heavy mud and sludge at Parliament Hill on Saturday. Already a tough course because of it's hilly terrain, the mud and standing water made for very difficult conditions for the athletes to contend with, including Neve Grimes losing her spike and still finishing the race!

As the day wore on and the ground churned up race by race, there was hardly any grass to be seen and the athletes were left with the prospect of racing in thick treacle like mud. But undeterred the athletes acquitted themselves to the task well and achieved some brilliant results.

Both Emma Richards (U13g) and Mari Smith (U20w) finished in 17th place in their respective races. Being a newcomer to the Nationals, Emma held her nerve and ran an outstanding race to lead her team home. Whilst Mari is on the comeback trail after illness, she easily had her best race to date and looked more like her old self. 

The junior women team placed 9th overall and following Mari home was Caelidh Ross (76) and Charlie Preston (130).

Full results:


Emma Richards (17) 13:28
Zena Challenger (96) 14:18
Grace Smith (130) 14:35
Emma Gascoigne (246) 15:26

Team 16th place 489 points


Neve Grimes (76) 17:15
Rhea Cooper (91) 17:29
Beane Moores (142) 18:02
Megan Rowley (287) 20:16

Team 18th place 596 points


Alex West (126) 23:52
Mikela Gilmore (138) 24:03
Fiona Brown (159) 24:33

U17 men

Alfie Thompson (58) 22:38
Oliver Freer (69) 22:53
Amrik Gill (175) 24:51
Matt Griffiths (247) 27:09

Team 13th place 549 points

Junior Women

Mari Smith (17) 24:58
Caelidh Ross (76) 28:23
Charlie Preston (130) 40:28

Team 9th place 223 points

Junior Men

James Nutt (81) 38:31

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