Ten Club Athletes Compete in the Inter-Counties Cross-Country – Saturday 10th March 2018

14 Mar

Whilst the hills at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough might not be as challenging as those at Parliament Hill the mud certainly was so that the 2017/2018 Winter Cross-Country season headed towards its finale (for those of you who are not at school) with testing conditions underfoot. A true reflection of this year’s winter.

Ten club athletes competed across the age groups for Avon & Somerset with Megan HORNUNG making a strong county debut finishing eightieth out of 302 in the Under-13 Girls’ race in15:48.

Joseph HULL has been a great supporter of the Under-13 Boys team this year and supported the county finishing 237th of the 309 finishers in the under-13 Boys’ race in 15:04.

Claudia SPICE placed ninety-eighth in the Under-15 Girls’ race out of 304 in 21:24 and was pleased to make the top 100.

Our biggest contingent was in the Senior Women’s race which also saw Eleanor DAVIS our highest placed finisher in thirteenth in 34:39. Natalie GRIFFITHS finished sixty-second in 37:20, with Elaina GARD in eighty-seventh place in 38:19 and Catie O’DONOGHUE one hundred and eighth in 38:59. Two hundred and seventy finished and the times would indicate that the course was farther than the advertised 8 kilometres – even allowing for the soft going.

After supporting the National cross-country in numbers it appears many of the Senior Men were keeping their power dry for the Midland Road-Relays with only Will CHRISTOFI (twenty-first in 45:23) and Harry ALLEN (sixty-sixth in 47:29) racing the Inter-Counties. Harry had the satisfaction of producing a stronger performance than at Parliament Hill. Again the times would indicate that the distance was over the advertised 12 kilometres.