There was a record entry for the Saucony National Cross Country Championships Wollaton Park Nottingham on Saturday, one of the biggest tests of cross country running on the calendar. Following her disappointing run in the Northern XC Championships at Knowsley, fourteen year old Keely Hodgkinson was determined to make amends and she did it in style. Running in the U15 Girls 4k race competing against over 400 athletes and some budding internationals, Keely was always in contention, finishing an outstanding ninth in the race in a time of 16:44.
Good team performances came from Katie Morley 283rd 20:06, Rebecca Pollitt 286th 20:08, Joanna Smith 332nd 20:40 and Emma McIntyre 380th 22:00. The team were 3rd Greater Manchester team in the race.
The senior men’s race over 12k attracted over 1700 runners and first in for the Harriers in was 366th place Dave Smith in a time of 47:17, followed closely behind in 373rd place by Phil Williams 47:26, Tom Kneller 482nd in 48:50, Allister Goulding 800th place 52:.40 and Andy Howarth 1455th place 1.05:27.
Kristian Wade ran well in the U17 Boys race which attracted over 300 runners competing over a 6k course Kristian battled through the very muddy course to gain 112th place 23:07; Joseph Wane Leigh’s only other competitor was 258th in 25:42.
The U13 Girls race saw 467 runners line up for the start of the 3k race. Megan Short in her first National Cross Country Championships ran well to finish in 133rd place in a time of 15:00, Melissa Ince Leigh’s only other competitor in the race finished in 172nd place in 15:17.
The senior ladies 8km race attracted over 800 runners to the start, Leigh had two competitors in the race, Rachel Hodgkinson running her first National was 502nd 42:42 and Brenda Wane in 611th place 45:55.
Will Rawson was Leigh’s only runner in the Junior men’s race running well in 115th place in a time of 37:34 for the 8km course.
The Ladies U17 ladies race with 252 finishers in the 5k race Eve Williams ran well in 103rd place in a time of 22:13.
In the under 15 boys race over a 4.5km course 379 runner’s answered the starter’s gun; Josef Short was Leigh’s first finisher in 230th place 17:36, Joel Denton 319th 18:51 and Owen Reason 349th 19:42 were the Leigh team.