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National Cross County             Guy continuing her great         in her first National was
Championships                     season in 149th completed        221st, Lauren Goddard was
24th February 2015                the scoring team finishing       312th and Caitlin Prifti, also
                                  just outside the medals in a     on her debut was 393rd. U13
Blackheath and Bromley            fine 4th place. Jenny Sheasby,   Isobel Bridge who is currently
HAC young athletes closed         having missed some training      injured travelled with the team
the domestic winter season        recently due to her studies did  and spent the day cheering
at the tough hilly course run     well finishing in 205th.         them all on, hopefully she will
over Hampstead Heath at                                            be able to compete again soon.
Parliament Hill! All running      Six U15 boys set off and
clubs throughout the country      Coleman Corry was first          The U17 boys were affected
come to compete at the very       home having a strong run         by holiday and injury and
highest level England has to      coming just outside the top      only had three boys start
offer.                            100 in 101st place. Michael      but Joss Barber continued
                                  Eagling was next home in         his great season with his
The Hill, with its sharply        118th but later had to forfeit   highest National finish in
ascending start is daunting       a box of chocolates for          a fine 44th. James Crawley
enough but add to that            misplacing his Blackheath        on his National debut was
conditions under foot that        top! Oscar Hussey, running       a respectable 218th. Charlie
have not been seen for many       his last cross country race      Davis, having not run for a
years. Recent rains made          as an U15, came in 142nd.        few weeks due to injury was
the already sodden course         Callum Myatt fresh from his      determined to run in the
a quagmire with mud and           Kent debut, completed the        National because, to quote
puddles a foot deep. Great        scoring four in 261st giving     Charlie “It’s the National!”.
character building!               the team 19th place overall.     Unfortunately Charlie’s lack
                                  Charlie Andrews running in       of running caught up with
School half term, skiing          his National debut finished      him and he rightly decided
holidays and injuries affected    strongly in the muddy            to pull out half way into
our numbers but we were still     conditions in 282th as did       the race, hopefully with no
proud to have 43 of our young     Lewis Stickings in 290th.        lasting damage done, I just
athletes making it to the start.                                   hope physio Gemma Viney
                                  The U13 girls race had the       won’t be too hard on him!
The U17 girls were first off      most athletes running with
and Niamh Bridson Hubbard         433 girls finishing. BB’s first  Next up hoping to defend
led the girls home with a         home after a gutsy run was       their National cross country
fantastic run finishing in 12th   Jess Neal in 60th place, next    title were the U15 girls who
place, this despite spraining     was Rosie Allen in a strong      had also won two National
her ankle last week. Jess         120th, followed by Morgan        relay trophies this season.
Keene hasn’t trained for two      Squibb in a great 138th and      Yasmin Austridge set off in
weeks due to illness so it was    Zoe Austridge, over 150          determined fashion holding
great to see her back in action   places higher than last year,    a top ten place over the first
and finishing a respectable       in 213th ensuring the team       half of the race and finishing
25th, all things considered.      finished in 18th out of 49       her highest ever National
Georgina Taylor had a solid       scoring teams. Niamh Milmo       in a great 8th place. Millie
run in 120th follow by Mary
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