A small group of CAC cross country runners 'enjoy' the National at a muddy Parliament Hill Fields

The world’s most famous cross-country course was predictably muddy (horrendously so in some parts), providing a real test of stamina and mental toughness for the CAC runners who made the trip to London.

Injury and illness meant that no complete teams finished but there some excellent individual performances, with Yoyo Barnsley’s superb 3rd place in the Under 17 Ladies being the undoubted highlight.  Yoyo paced her effort superbly, being just in the top 12 over the famous 500m long starting hill and then moving steadily through the field to take the bronze medal, easily her best career run to date!  Naomi Rescorla-Brown has been getting stronger with every race this winter and she showed that in looking good in the tough conditions finishing 197th.

Yoyo finishing third in the Under 17 event

Tom Slattery was our only representative in the Under 17 Men’s race and he had a decent race, in his first year in the age group, to place 137th of the 280 finishers.

Callum Jones had a good run in the Junior Men’s event, starting fast up the famous hill and paying for it in the middle of the race, before finishing strongly for a very useful 30th position.

In the Under 15 Girls’ race, Grace Brock had a fine run, a year young, to place 92nd, ably supported by Nell Savage in 172nd and Sofia Rescorla-Brown in 224th, only denied a decent team position by Katie Hughes’ illness in the week.

Our Under15 Boys also suffered a couple of late withdrawals (hope the foot is better soon Josh!) but the two who made it to Hampstead Heath ran their hearts out.  Abu Gupta’s dedication in training has produced huge improvement in the last year and he showed that here with 140th position, again with another twelve months in the age group.   Kristof Klimek has had a tough few months with growth problems and travelled despite knowing he wasn’t in top shape but was rewarded with a very promising 235th place out of 371 finishers.

In the Senior Men’s race, unfortunately the super-fit Dan Rodgers came down with a vomiting bug and couldn’t travel, so Dave Buzza was the sole CAC representative, placing a very muddy 363rd in the final race of the day, out of over 2000 finishers (watching them surge up the hill from the crest is one of the finest sights and sensations, the ground shakes, in sport).  We did have a few 2nd claim members racing for other clubs, though.  Camborne School of Mines student Ash Chambers had a superb race to finish 71st for Liverpool Harriers, with Phil Wilson also racing well to place 137th for his home club Tipton Harriers and Rob Prady ploughing through the mud for 591st.

Many thanks to Chris Jeffery for all his hard work on the pre race organisation and to both Chris and Dave Buzza for transporting the youngsters to London and looking after them at the Championships.  Providing the runners with the opportunity to run the National is a hugely beneficial experience.   Alan R

Author: Dave B - Date Added: 03/03/2015 at 10:17:39

 

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