Six Bristol & West athletes competed in the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships at a bright but chilly Cofton Park on Saturday 8th March 2014. The course was a mixture of good running under foot but with several patches of testing mud which made it a true cross-country course.
Best performance of the day was Jessie Sanzo’s twelfth place in 29:02 as she rounded off an incredible debut cross-country season in style. She also led the County Senior Women’s Team to its best ever finish in fourth place. As ever Jessie wasn’t sure whether it represented a good or bad performance – Jessie it was another excellent performance particularly off the back of the English National and the Bath half-marathon on the two preceding weekends. Behind her Helen Sharpe (29:52) (running for East of Scotland) helped her team to a silver medal as she finished in twenty-second. Helen was well pleased with her progress in the last twelve months having finished forty-sixth in the equivalent race last year. Helen had also run the Scottish National and Bath half-marathon on the preceding two weekends.
Owain Jones continued his excellent winter and produced another great result on the limited training he is able to do as he finished thirteenth in the Senior Men’s race in 35:19. Second Avon and Somerset finisher was Bristol & West’s Ben Robinson in ninetieth place with former club runner Nathan Young the third man home for the county. Another former club runner was Kieron Young who finished thirty-second in the Under-20 men’s race in 27:07.
There was little representation down the age groups with Hugh Sadler 84th in the under-15 boy’s race in 17:42. Hugh is in the first year of the age group and it will be interesting to see what progress he makes in the coming 12 months. In the under-17 Men’s race Henry Cochrane led the trio of Avon & Somerset athletes home as he finished 186th in 21:23.
Photos of the Avon & Somerset runners are available at the following link courtesy of Jochen Langbein (whose daughter Rachel was thirty-sixth in the Senior Ladies race):