Owain Jones and Anna Burton Run Well at Liverpool Cross Challenge

Owain Jones showed that, on limited training, he can still mix it with a class field. Starting sensibly but fast enough he pulled through from 56th on lap one to finish 30th and just a minute down on a GB team place with an excellent display of controlled running at Sefton Park on Saturday 23rd November 2013. In the Senior Women’s race Anna Burton – just starting her second year in the sport – showed great maturity to work through and finish 45th in a strong senior ladies race. Her time of 29:56 gave her twentieth position in the under-23 race she was running for experience.  Her time was 2 minutes off a GB under-23 team slot but given the progress she has made since taking up the sport she is bound to be much closer by the 2014 selection race when she will still be in the same age group.

In the under-20 men’s race Benedict Westhenry never looked comfortable and a recurrence of back problems he experienced last season meant that he jogged home finishing in 66th place.

Charlie Maclean had contrived to somehow not enter and despite pleas on his behalf was told he couldn’t run as he hadn’t entered by the closing date. His frustration was compounded when his coach and the Club Development Adviser arrived at Liverpool to discover people being allowed to enter on the day. One has to ask what the heck was going on!