• Clem Dixon

English National Cross Country Championships

Updated: Mar 1

There is nothing to beat the Nationals when it comes to Parliament Hill, as it does every three years, and this year we couldn't have asked for more; two weeks of rain had left the ground at its muddiest but gave way to glorious sunshine for the day itself. Stand at the top of the first hill among the club tents and flags jostling for position and watch each wave of runners charging up the hill towards you, the London skyline as a backdrop, culminating in the senior men's race with over 2000 competitors - if that doesn't give you goose pimples, well, perhaps you are in the wrong sport.


Young Age Groups

Under 13 girls, Ingrid, Anagha, Delilah, Celia Y, Iris, Celia A, Sophia


24 of our young athletes took part; our largest turn out for many years. For all of them this was their first experience of running over the iconic Parliament Hill course.


We had a fantastic turnout of eight in the under 13 girls race including two (Ingrid and Emily) who were representing the club for the first time. All successfully completed the course with Iris Williams placing an impressive 38th out of a field of 395.


In the under 13 boys race there was only 16 seconds between our first two finishers, Joshua and Aniket. First timer Monty Brown enjoyed his debut when placing 248th.


Monty


In the under 15 girls race, Amelia Lawrence was first to finish for the club, placing in the top half of the field.

Under 15 girls team, Mia, Abigail, Amelia


Samuel Scrase-Field was our first finisher for our under 15 boys in 148th position. Aidan Newton did start the race but his name does not appear in the results.


Evie Ravenscroft had her best run of the season when coming home in 159th place in the under 17 women's race.

Under 17 women, Inez, Evie & Bella


Well done and thanks to all of our young athletes (and parents) for turning out for the club during the cross country season.


Results:


Under 13 girls, 3000m

38 Iris Williams 13:34

151 Celia Allen 14:55

220 Sophia Pawa 15:35

231 Celia Yeatman 15:39

328 Ingrid Lake 16:45

335 Delilah Lester 16:51

363 Emily Beckwith 18:08

378 Anagha Pai 18:53


Under 13 boys, 3000m

90 Joshua Wellings 13:20

115 Aniket Iyengar 13:37

248, Monty Brown 14:41

378 Rhys Joyeux 17:06

381 Oliver Hill 17:27


Under 15 girls, 4000m

143 Amelia Lawrence 19:51

275 Abigail Richards 22:04

306 Mia Harris 22:52


Under 15 boys, 4000m

148 Sam Scrase-Field 17:05

214 Sam Holloway 17:40

270 Felix Tynan 18:08

322 Luke Bridges 18:50

Under 17 women, 5000m

159 Evie Ravenscroft 24:29

239 Inez Rice 27:56

251 Isabella Richards 28:53

Senior Women

Holly and the leaders on the first hill

Holly Dixon continued her impressive set of performances over the country placing 17th despite having to stop very early in the race to replace a spike that had been claimed by the mud. Inevitably that meant she lost a little ground but she was soon back in the hunt. Next up for her is the Inter Counties/ UKA Cross Challenge final in Loughborough in March. Megan Marchant took a different approach when she lost a spike at the beginning of lap two. She just carried on with one shoe off and one shoe on. Amazingly given the number of fallers Megan stayed upright although clearly her race was impacted. Her 63rd place was an excellent result. When she got back to our base camp she found that some kind soul had brought her spike back for her. Lara Atkinson(99th) was next back and was justifiably pleased to have made it into the top 100. Not far behind and completing the scoring was the first of our super vets Julie Backley 156. This gave us a total of 335 and 9th place out of 104 teams beating local rivals Blackheath and Bromley as well as Kent AC. This was very pleasing especially as we have previously struggled to raise a team for the national championships.

Maria, Marian and Christine before the start


Just outside the scoring places was Katie Sanders (206). The field was now beginning to finish thick and fast with fractions of a second meaning several places -Jessica Lowe (351), Susan Dixon