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English National Cross Country Championships

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national-xc-2012The conditions for last Saturday's English National Cross Country Championships could not have been more different from those last year. Rather than a mud-soaked course that athletes had endured at Alton Towers in 2011, Parliament Hill Fields in London was only soaked in sunshine. The course was undulating and at the highest points the view back down to the start and over the City of London was spectacular.

We had representation from our leading female cross country runners, Katie Walshaw and Helen Berry and whilst Holmfirth could not field a full team the girls still enjoyed individual success. It was the first time Katie had raced at Parliament Hill and the climbs suited her. The girls were able to start from a pen on the far left hand end of the start line giving them the advantage of not having to jostle for position with the 647 other competitors on the first long steady climb! Katie achieved her goal of beating last year's 33rd position, but was just pipped out of the top 30 on the final straight. Katie's time of 30:13 earned her 31st place. Having raced this 8km course 3 times before, Helen's decision to make a steady start up the first hill and gradually work through the field paid dividends. She finished in 30:54 and in an excellent 43rd place, an improvement of almost 20 places on last year's result. Gemma Steel of Charnwood won the event in 27:06.

 

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