Saturday 22 February 2014
Notts AC produced a magnificent course at Wollaton Park for the National Cross Country Championships. Despite the incessant rain, the vast majority of the course was firm and fast with patches of very deep mud on the latter parts of the long lap providing excellent racing conditions.
Andy Heyes became the first HHS senior man to win a national medal in 40 years, finishing 3rd over the 12k course in 36:37. With the leading group from the start, Andy opened up a lead on the first lap. He was passed in the muddy section towards the end of the second lap but managed to move back into 4th place before the final run in and a fast finish to take an excellent bronze medal.
Tom Jenkins, in heavy training for the London Marathon, ran very well to finish 108th in 39:45 with Rob Little 159th in 40:41. Phil Cooper just caught Pete Hodges on the line, finishing 343rd and 344th in 43:05 and 43:06 respectively. Craig Fishwick was 476th in 44:52 with Adam Dyson 545th in 45:47.
Julia Jagger led home the HHS senior women with a good run in 30th in 30:48. Nicola Squires also ran well to finish 39th in 31:05. Zanthe Wray was 135th in 33:49 with Nicola Birch completing the team in 219th in 35:31. The team finished 12th.
Connor Milnes was the leading U17M finishing 58th in 21:29 with Josh Walton 120th in 22:22, Sam Peters 127th in 22:28 and Tom Slack 249th in 25:28. The team finished 15th.
Charlotte Slack looked relaxed in the U17W race coming home in 63rd in 20:32. Rebecca Dancer, despite a heavy fall in the mud, was 86th in 21:09 with Ellie Crownshaw 112th in 21:53 and Flora McNeil 206th in 27:39. The team finished 9th.
Cameron Bell produced another fine performance to finish 15th in the U15B race in 14:42. Jack Price ran well in his first national covering the course in 15:38 for 93rd.
Mary McCarthy led home the HHS team in the U15G race, finishing 57th in 17:06 with Imani Wilson 145th in 18:11, Lilly Fletcher 153rd in 18:14 and Maddie Pearce, completing the team scoring, 172nd in 18:25. Caitlin Tevendale recovered after a fall to finish 210th in 18:50, just ahead of Grace Lucas in 211th in 18:51 with Aimee Hill 275th in 20:19. The team finished 17th.
David Lewis ran strongly to finish 146th in 12:42 in the U13B race with Jakob Ryan 210th in 13:07, Victor Baycroft 235th in 13:19, Charlie Goacher 259th in 13:24 and Kieran Loombe 315th in 14:04. The team finished 33rd
In the U13G race, Tilly Simpson ran very well in her first National to finish a fine 7th in 11:58. Eve Crownshaw produced a typically battling performance to take 60th in 13:03. Holly Booker was 290th in 14:43 with Ellie Rogers 359th in 15:19 bringing the team home in 29th.