Havering members make their mark in the mud
PUBLISHED: 14:00 28 February 2017
Youngsters impress at National Cross-Country Championships
Havering athletes produced some excellent performances against the best in the country at the England National Cross-Country Championships at Nottingham’s Wollaton Park at the weekend.
Runners had the added challenge of battling against the elements as not only were they faced with thick mud, rain and strong winds but there was also a deep stream to navigate along the way.
The testing conditions did not prevent some fine results however and Jess Mitchell achieved her best result in a national competition with an impressive 11th place finish in the under-17 girls’ race in a time of 19 minutes 37 seconds.
Kate O’Neill finished a fine 24th in 20.21 in a field of over 250 and both girls have another year in the age group so will be looking forward to improving further on their National placings in 2018.
Faye Fullerton was an excellent 11th of the 788 finishers in the 8km senior race, crossing the line in 30.20 in her first National since her 18th place finish in 2012.
Fullerton was briefly in the leading pack and although she had to give way in the muddy conditions she was still pleased with her result.
Rob Warner was one of only two club seniors to travel to the rain-spattered east Midlands and was rewarded with his highest-ever finish of 132nd in a field of 1,762 finishers, clocking 43.53.
Tony Collins did himself proud in finishing 1,569th over the treacherous 12km course, while of the other club competitors, Molly Sweetman was a respectable 54th of the 426 finishers in the under-15 girls’ race and Alex Ford did well for 70th out of 458 under-13 boys.
Jessie Collier (347th), Rebecca O’Rourke (368th) and Rose Mears (376th) all gained useful experience in the under-13 girls’ competition.