Muddy challenge at Cofton Park
Warwickshire County Cross Country Championships
True cross country conditions faced the Rugby & Northampton AC athletes at the Warwickshire County Championships last weekend.
A challenging, muddy and in parts waterlogged course combined with wet conditions for most of the day faced the competitors at Cofton Park, Birmingham.
The day got off to a flying start with a tremendous finishing 200m by Georgina Woodward to take the bronze medal in the U13G race and secure her Warwickshire team selection for the inter-counties championships .
Another medal swiftly followed with the U13B team of Edward Faulds, Cian Hutton and Myles Martin taking team bronze, having finished 6th, 13th and 21st respectively, with Dan Carey just behind in 23rd place. A gutsy run from Edward puts him in the selectors minds for the Warwickshire team.
The U15 girls Hollie Moore and Olivia Sheehan lined up with a very competitive field and demonstrated their determination and improvement over the season to finish an impressive 5th and 11th respectively, to give the Warwickshire team managers food for thought.
Most of the U15 boys competing are bottom of the age group and Jack Carey produced an outstanding performance to take 10th place with Thomas Haynes 16th, Rhys James 25th. Tilly Lea finished in 10th place in the U20 women’s race.
The final race for the junior athletes produced another medal, this time a well deserved silver for Elisha de Mello in the U20s in one of the most competitive fields of the day.
The Senior/Masters ladies faced two laps totalling 6k, with Victoria Nealon taking 18th in her first county champs, Anna Harington (55th) Marion Allen (57th) and Wendy Jennings (58th).