Anglian Schools’ Cross-Country Championship
A SMALL number of local young athletes represented Lincolnshire at the annual Anglian Counties Cros-country Championships at Corby on Saturday.
With just a few county runners making a significant impression at the five counties competition in general, the teams struggled to raise their performances with the result that Lincolnshire finished fifth overall at the end of the eight-race programme.
The best team performance in dry but very blustery conditions was by the senoir girls’ squad, who ran out winners.
Three Boston-area runners provided good performances to help the team to glory over the 3.5k course.
Boston and District AC competitor Chelsea Brockett battled well in the strong wind to finish fifth counter for Lincs in a good 21st position.
Providing back-up were Louise Rutt (Boston High) in 48th and Emma Penniston (Giles) in 49th, assisting the Lincolnshire Under 19 Girls to the Anglian team title.
The team were led home by Spalding High’s Charlotte Taylor, who secured a comfortable victory
In the senior boys’ race, Aidan McClure (Boston Grammar) ran confidently, settling into a good rhythm early into the 6.6K challenge.
Coping well in the wind, Aidan pushed on over the final 800m to cross the finish line 35th place, and the fifth Lincolnshire representative.
The only other South Lincolnshire runner in the senior boys’ team, David De Sa (Spalding Sixth Form), claimed 40th place.
In the junior boys’ event, Haven High Technology College representative Dominic Goddard ran into the finish funnel in 54th position at the end of his 3.5k contest, helping Lincs to runners up spot in the team competition.
In the junior girls’ 3k championship, Boston High’s Hannah Macleod finished 62nd.
At minor boys’ level, two local lads contributed to the Lincs team performance.
Haven High’s Jordan Tate battled hard for 47th place finishing ahead of a below par Liam Brotherton (Boston Grammar) who ran home in 50th position.
The next outing for the selected eight-strong Lincolnshire Schools teams at junior, intermediate and senior levels is the English Schools Athletic Association Cross-country Championships at Nottingham on March 19.