British and Irish Master's XC International

Nene Valley's Nicky Morgan impressed on her England debut, in the British and Irish Master's Cross Country International at Glasgow on Saturday. The 46 year old North Midlands League veterans Cross Country champion finished 6th in the B International race, against a field of top veteran runners from across the home nations.

Morgan narrowly missed out on running in the A race, and was England's first reserve, but her fine run in which she covered the muddy 6k course in 24:21 is likely to keep her in the minds of the selectors for future fixtures. After the race the Hampton based athlete spoke about her first internationall outing, saying " it was a great experience, and with hard work and determination I hope to be back, with the A team my goal."

Paul Halford of Werrington Joggers was selected to represent Wales in the fixture for the eight year running. Halford acquitted himself well finishing 18th in the Over 40's race. The 43 year old was the second Welshman home covering the 8km course in 26:35.

Several athletes from Nene Valley Harriers helped their schools to success in the ESAA English' Schools Cross Country Cup at the weekend.

Sam Oakley had the race of his life in the East Midlands Finals at Leeds, winning the Junior race by a handsome margin. Oakley's victory inspired his school, Bourne Grammar, into a match winning performance, and qualification for the finals. Matthew Dowling of Spalding Grammar was 13th in the Intermediate boys race.

Flo Brill finished runner up in the Junior Girls race also in Bourne Grammar School colours. Deeping Schools Niamh Rushton was 38th.

Bourne Grammar Schools Intermediate Girls team also qualified for the national final, finishing runners up to Ilkley Grammar. Nene Valley's Hana Ray helped them on their way with a 7th place finish. Ray's Nene Valley team-mate Hannah Knight came home 14th for Deepings School.

kings School were represented in the East Central Section match, held at Oakley near Bedford. The star performer for the Peterborough school was Nene Valley's Katie Tasker who placed 6th in the Intermediate Girls race.

Barry Warne