English Schools Cross Country Championships – 14/03/2020

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Junior Boys – Zak Ferguson (South Yorkshire) has had troubles with niggles over the last few years with growing pains etc but this winter things seemed to have settled down and we have been able to get a good block of winter training under our belt. It really has shown with recent results. A bronze medal over 800 metres at the National indoor Championships and has really impressed with some sessions over the last few months so we knew Zak was in great shape. After the disappointment of the South Yorkshire Schools and only finishing 3rd after the nasty fall. We had a plan here and Zak stuck exactly to this. Going of hard and getting in the leading pack is exactly what Zak did and it was only the last 1/2 mile where we faded a little. Finishing a superb 22nd out of the 334 runners and only 10 seconds away from been in the top 10. Zak was 2nd Yorkshire runner home and 4th Northern runner. Well done Zak bring on the summer season and some fast times over 800 and 1500 metres.

Junior Girls – Bobbie Waugh (Derbyshire) again like Zak was told to go of hard and she did this and 3/4 way round I counted Bobbie in 34th place. Fading slightly over the last 600 metres but then found something in the last 100 metres to gain quite a few places back in the finishing straight. An excellent 48th place out of the 344 finishes. Bobbie was 2nd South Yorkshire runner home same time as first and 6th Yorkshire runner to finish. A great run Bobbie keep working hard as I know there is much much more to come from this young lady over the next few years.

Intermediate Girls – Neve Hardcastle (West Yorkshire) was disappointed with last weekend’s Inter Counties after been ill for a few weeks leading up to the championships so was determined to make up for that here. She sure did with an excellent run to finish in 30th and was only 9 seconds of a top 20 finish which would have been well within Neve’s capability if we hadn’t miss that big chunk of training. Holly Brewster (West Yorkshire) struggled leading up to these Championships after some very bad news so struggled to sleep in the days leading up to the race. Holly struggled to get out of the pen after only been in 4th but got her head down and got past people when she could and finished a superb 31st place and was finishing so strong another 100 metres and who knows how many more people she would have caught. Holly has next year in this age group so bodes well for a top 20. Annie Naylor (South Yorkshire) got out well and was in the 20’s at the half way point but faded a little over the last 600 metres. Hanging on well and digging in the last 100 metres Annie finished a very creditable 34th. Again like Holly Annie still has next year in this age group. Polly Platts (South  Yorkshire) was happy to be on the Team and competing at the Championships again. Unable to put many miles in at home due to a condition Polly has started to manage this and the last few months has managed to increase her mileage slightly. Polly finished 224th out of the 334 runners and was 5th South Yorkshire runner home the same as she finished in the Schools Championships. Polly also still has another year in this age group.

Senior Girls – Esther Rowe-Towle (South Yorkshire) had a solid race and stuck to the race plan. At the half way point she was still in contention with the leading group. Working hard in the last 800 metres but fading slightly with a few athletes coming past Esther finished in 13th place. The target was the top 10 so a little disappointed but after looking at the results and the girls in front this was a very strong field so we will take this for the time been. Esther is bottom end of this age group so will be back next year much stronger and faster looking for a top 6 finish. First Yorkshire runner home and 2nd from the North of England. Well done Esther bring on the track season.

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