Bronze for the Women

28 Feb

Results from the Senior Women’s National Cross Country Champsionships

1   Steph Twell (Aldershot)       27:52
2 Stevie Stockton (Vale Royal) 28:07
3 Hatti Dean (Hallamshire) 28:12
10 Claire Hallissey 28:52
14 Rebecca Randell 29:20
21 Imogen Ainsworth 29:51
89 Dorothea Lee-Cocekrill 32:53
113 Vicky Tester 33:41



1. Charnwood 73
2. Aldershot, Farnham and District 99
3. Bristol & West Athletic Club 134
4. Hallamshire 178

What can I say about the Senior Ladies’ Team – they never give up and are rewarded by 5 great runs and a bronze medal. We were left to think what might have been with a fit Kate Read or Kate Goodhead but Aldershot and Charnwood also had top runners missing. Claire produced her highest
performance in a National Cross-Country Event (excluding BUCS) to date on a surface that doesn’t suit her. Rebecca gave another glimpse of the incredible talent that we are still only scratching the surface of and Imogen continues her steady rise to true National status – having finished 32nd last year a further 11 place improvement in 12 months will see her knocking on the door of the top 10 in 2011. Dorchie showed that club Mums continue to be needed with a great run in 89th that was enough to bring the club home in bronze medal position. Vicky Tester also had a great run, especially given her preference for 1,500m on the track, 8 km of hilly mud was not really up her street but 113th was a great run in a field of 543 finishers.


Good luck and get fit to the incredibly long list of injured athletes – there were times when I felt like a premiership football manager. Thanks to one or two of you who – in my darkest hour – offered to run carrying niggles. I am glad that I declined your kind offers, Roundhay Park was not the sort of course where injuries would have gone undetected and I would rather you were all fit and well for other up-coming challenges.

Given that the Senior Women’s section is more road orientated than cross-country (like the Senior Men) we can now all look forward to the following:

Saturday 20 March 2010 Midland Road-Relays at Sutton Park
Saturday 17 April 2010 National Road Relays at Sutton Park
Sunday 9 May 2010 Bristol 10 km (which incorporates the English National 10km Road Race Championships). I know that Mike will be stirring up the men’s section for a really strong showing in our own backyard. I am looking for nothing less than one indiviual medal (colour to be decided) and gold in the Women’s Team event.