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Ken's report from Lincs XC Champs 05.01.14

Here's Ken's report from Lincs XC Champs 05.01.14 last Saturday:

Another good day out where NVH competed well against a usually strong Lincoln Wellington side. The two clubs tended to dominate the championships on Sunday. The course was hilly and very wet underfoot making it hard running. The girls events were all at least 1k longer than they are used to running making it a very tough event all round.

Alex Hampson ran away with the under 17 men championship with a commanding lead at the end of the first large lap before extending it further on the second lap. He was well supported by James McCrae (3rd) and Kurt Smyth (8th) enabling them to beat off the challenge for the team award by Lincoln Wellington.

Charlotte Taylor was also a run away leader in the senior ladies. Charlotte having to move up from under 20s due to the Inter-counties being a World Trials and therefore running at senior level for the first time aged 19 (by the way, click here to see Charlotte running for England in an earlier race).

At the other end, our masters lady, Philippa Taylor showed her strength, despite concerns before the race to come through in the second half to take the silver medal, ahead of many ladies half her age. Grace Mullins another 19 year old, only becomes 20 at the end of this year ran well to finish 4th and the team was also well supported by Emma Penniston (19 years old) in 9th place.

Jasmine Allen, in the under 13 girls, a quality sprinter showed that the longer distance over tough terrain does not concern her. Her training enabled her to move up from 4th place at the end of the first lap to a good second place, holding off a late challenge in the home straight.

Emily Brand, recently back from illness ran well to take third place. She was ably supported by Any Gibbons (5th) and Rosie Marshall (7th) for a second place team result. this was just marginally behind Lincoln Wellington who took both the winners and second places but the third athlete meant just a 2 point deficit after another athlete dropping out late on.

The under 15 boys team won the event with good medal runs by Will Baker (2nd) and Nathanial Taylor (3rd) breaking up the Lincoln Wellington boys and Lucas Fidler (12th) pushing the Lincoln third athlete back down the field to enable the team win, all athletes add value to a team score.

Champions: 2
Team champions: 3
Silvers: 3
Bronzes: 3

The provisional results from a cold and windy Caythorpe were as follows:

Under 13 Girls
Jasmine Allen: 2
Emily Kilroy: 9
Paula Naylor: 11
Hana Ray: 12
Libby Burchnell: 21
Team came third

Under 13 Boys
Kielin Spurdens: 4
Ollie Smith: 7
Harry Burchnell: 11
Ethan Ellison: 12
Team came third

Under 15 Girls
Emily Gent: 12
Alice Callcutt: 14

Under 15 Boys
Will Baker: 2
Nathanial Taylor: 3
Lucas Fidler: 12
Team winners

Under 17 Ladies
Emily Brand: 3
Amy Gibbons: 5
Rosie Marshall: 7
Team second

Under 17 men
Alex Hampson: 1
James McCrae: 3
Kurt Smyth: 8
Cameron Marshall: 10
Bradley Spurdens: 11
Michael Cawood: 12
Team winners and fourth

Senior ladies
Charlotte Taylor: 1
Philippa Taylor: 2
Grace Mullins: 4
Emma Penniston: 9
Team winners

Senior men
David De Sa: 17
Adam Caress: 22
Paul Parkin: 23
Team third

Ken

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