SIX Boston and District Athletic Club distance runners braved the elements to take part in the rearranged North Midland Cross Country League match at Cranwell.
With numbers on the start lines hit by the weather difficulties and their familiarity with the more local course the Gold Tops took advantage of the situation to record their highest ‘North mids’ finishing positions this season.
In the Senior/Veteran Mens race Jose`Ferriera ran fluently and finished in 32nd position.
Veteran Dennis Rainbow improved his position to 58th with Owen Msimango claiming 115th place.
At Under 20 Womens level Chelsea Brockett maintained good rhythm to cross the finish line 25th and in the Under 17 competition Emma Penniston kept up her distance running progress by entering the finish funnel in 18nth position.
Aidan McClure used his experience and knowledge of the Cranwell terrain to finish in a rewarding 14th place in the Under 17 Mens race .
l Distance runner Jose`Ferriera competed in the Portugal national team trials in Torres Vedras.
Together with 50 other runners Jose`was challenging for a place in Portugal’s team for the European Cross Country Championships which are also being held in Albufeira, on the Algarve coast, in southern Portugal.
Held in dry, warm and sunny weather the 9.6K trials course started and finished on flat grassland and then involved a long stretch of undulating gravel tracks which suited the versatile and improving Jose.
After a determined run Jose`finished in a very creditable 35th in the national team trials, another indication of the Gold Tops progress.
Chelsea Brockett kept plugging away to finish in the top 30. Photos supplied.
Dennis Rainbow, Aidan McClure, Jose Ferreira and Owen Msimango produced some tremendous performances in the snow at Cranwell.