Hardy athletes from Nene Valley Harriers more accustomed to competing in freezing rain, wind and thick mud enjoyed far more favourable conditions when they took part in the regional cross-country championships in Brighton and Nottingham on the weekend.
James McCrae produced Harriers’ performance of the day at the Midland Cross-Country championships as he stormed to an impressive 12th place in the Under 20 men’s race, covering the 8km undulating course at Wollaton Park in a very swift 26:43.
McCrae’s training partner, Alex Hampson, also ran well when he travelled to Brighton’s Stanmer Park to compete in the Southern Cross-Country championships.
Running in the Under 17 men’s race, he placed 24th in an impressive time of 21:51 on very hilly, challenging terrain.
Austin Herbert was ninwth in 23:55.
Cat Foley had one of her strongest cross-country races for some time when the 4:39 1500m runner sped to a time of 33:01 for the 8km senior women’s distance, placing her 41st out of 352 finishers.
She was less than half a minute down on a top 25 placing, proving the quality and tightness of the field.
Team-mate Sam Hunt had an equally satisfying performance when he completed his first ever 15km senior cross- country race, finishing a creditable 350th in a time of 64:06.
Stamford resident and regular local racer, Aaron Scott, also competed in the Midlands Championships, finishing second in the senior men’s 12km race in a superb 37:07, just six seconds off the winner.
Harriers’ next challenge will be the National Cross-Country Championships in next month.
Philippa Taylor of Nene Valley Harriers finished 39th overall in the Gran Canaria Marathon at Las Palmas. The Over 45 vet clocked 2:55:54.
Paul Halford (Vet 40) of Werrington Joggers was 28th in 2:48:48 and Jim Morris (Vet 45) of Stamford Striders was 51st in 3:00:09.
Ellie Forrest of Peterborough Athletic Club picked up a win and two third places at the Keith Ward Indoor Open meeting at King’s Lynn.
She won the Under 15 Girls 60m hurdles and finished third in the high jump and shot.
Ellie Forrest (Under 15) - 60m hurdles 1st heat 10.1; 1st final 10.00; High jump - 3rd final 1.40m; Shot 3rd final 8.43m.
Nikolos Tirchinec (Under 13) - 60m heat 4th 9.6; Long jump 4th final 3.25m.