Monday, 17 October 2011
ENGLISH SCHOOLS FELL CHAMPS....FROM THE SIDELINES
This was only the 4th time these championships were being held with competitors representing their school rather than their county as they do in the English Schools T. & F. and cross country championships. So the numbers taking part are relatively low, the majority northern based, making the safety count an easy one. Having said that 123 contested the mixed under 16 race, 70 the under 14, 76 the under 12 and 63 the last race for sixth formers.
She was the sole representative from St. Mary's Menston, the school where I taught in the 1970s.
She didn't disappoint; fighting hard to stay ahead of the 4th placer who was finishing hard on her heels as they passed me with just 300 metres left.
With a recent win in our COMPLETE RUNNER cross country league and a 19.10 5K on the road (at just 15!) she is certainly emerging as a very versatile capable young athlete.
It was also pleasing to see another young lady receive a silver medal in the under 14 girls race. We had met RHIANNON WICKHAM and her dad, Paul, the previous day in the shop when we fixed her up with some INOV 8 Mudclaws for the race. . They proved a good choice for the mud strewn course with its steep inclines. Well done, Rhiannon and your winning Clitheroe Royal G.S. team.
towards Burnley for 5 miles in 44.41 , feeling the effect of Thursday's track 5K, but with a breeze behind surprised myself coming back in 40.23 adding an easy mile for 11.
That left me just an easy 3 Sunday a.m. for 44 on the week which proved more than enough for a pre-breakfast run!