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Gold medallist Deadman does country proud

Lauren Deadman Lauren Deadman

Friday, December 13, 2013
7:30 PM

Lauren Deadman did her country proud when she was a member of the gold medal-winning Great Britain team at the European Cross Country Championships held in Belgrade on Sunday.

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Her 43rd place individual finish in a time of 28 minutes and 24 seconds for the 8km course saw her finish just past midway in the international field. The Great Britain squad retained their title as Gemma Steel won individual silver behind France’s Sophie Duarte, with team-mates Julia Bleasdale 7th, Lauren Howarth 11th, Steph Twell 15th and Katie Brough 27th.

It was Deadman’s second medal at these Championships, adding to her team silver from Dublin four years ago.

Meanwhile, the under-13 girls’ notched up their third successive Essex Cross Country League victory this campaign at Chelmsford’s Hylands Park on Saturday.

Round Two winner Kate O’Neill led the under-13 girls’ squad home but had to settle for third on this occasion with Katie Mitchell just one place behind. Becca Brown was 12th and Jessica Mitchell (16th) edged out Sophie Rand (17th) for the fourth scoring spot.

Good runs from Lydia Hallam (fourth) and Sarah Wilson (sixth) saw the under-17 and under-20 women’s team place third, with Bella Woods 13th and Lindsey Wiggins 28th.

The under-15 girls’ were also placed third with Emily Marshall’s seventh leading the way and good grouping from the other scorers. Lois Wyatt finished 13th, Gemma Archer-Hayley 14th and Jess Ward 19th.

There was a fourth-place finish from the under-13 boys’ who mustered 11 competitors. The scoring foursome were 16th placed Jack Rice, Bailey Hearne in 18th and Sam Atkins and Kieran Davies in 22nd and 25th.

Both the under-17 men and under-15 boys’ were unable to complete their expected roster, but some good performances saw Oliver Bath 27th, Lewis Debenham 29th and Oliver Morter 36th in the incomplete under-15s while Abdul Mohamed in 12th, Matthew Braybrook (18th) and Euan Harlow in 29th were the short-handed under-17s.

Rob Warner continued to impress with another strong run in taking 6th place for the senior men.

Ian Anthony had a good run to come home in 31st with Vets Matt Bland and Paul Berrett in 43rd and 57th respectively.

Under-20 athlete Andrew Holland made the scoring team in 80th place with Rob Dickenson completing the scoring six in 93rd.

Vicky Smith was the first senior woman finisher in eighth and Robyn Matson produced one of her highest league placings in 11th. Veteran Jo Sullivan had her highest placing this winter in 24th with Patsy McWeeney returning to club colours after a couple of years away in a promising 37th. Vaulter Tina Quinlivan wasn’t far back in 49th, ahead of fellow vets Mo Lear (57th) and Clare Rudgley (79th) as the team finished fourth.

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