On Saturday 21st February, its was the English National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill, London. After an early train journey, the Heaton clan all descended on Parliament Hill.
Thomas Green was first to race in the U15 boys race. Thomas finished in an excellent 367th place in a time of 24 minutes and 32 seconds. James Green was next to race in the U17 boys race. James finished in speedy 270th place in a time of 28 minutes and 43 seconds. Well done to you both.
Then it was the turn of the ladies. First home was Nicola Roper in 240th place finishing in a superb time of 39 minutes and 29 seconds. Closely followed ladies vice captain Lisa Boyd. Overall the ladies team finished 75th. Cracking effort ladies.
Finally it was the turn of the men to race. First home was Ian Robinson in a time of 49 minutes and 23 seconds. Finishing 507th overall. He was closely followed by Rob Salter in 516th place, in a time of 49 minutes and 30 seconds. Team wise the men finished 60th in the six man team competition and 39th in the nine man team competition.
On behalf of the men’s captain and the three vice captains present, it was a great day for the club. To have so many entrants for nationals, especially such a distance away, everyone can hold there head high and be immensely proud of the days racing. Especially on a really tough, boggy, incline filled course favouring the tractor type of runner. Top effort from all who took part. A special mention also for our chairman George. Even after most had finished, he still had the guts and determination to get round. A tremendous example set from the very top of the club. See you all at Alnwick and next year. See below for full results and pictures from the day.