CROSS COUNTRY: Taylor leads by example

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CHARLOTTE Taylor became the first South Lincolnshire schoolgirl to achieve a place on the rostrum at the English Schools Cross Country Championships for 29 years when she finished third in the senior girls race at Nottingham.

In fine weather the Wollaton Park course provided a spectacular setting for the season’s premier cross country event for young distance runners.

Spalding High School’s Taylor led the Lincolnshire team out of the starting pen – making light work of the undulating terrain – and maintained good momentum throughout the 4.1km challenge to finish in 14.55mins in a superb bronze medal position.

Taylor’s time was just 42 seconds behind the ESAA senior girls champion Jenny Walsh and she led the county senior girls team to 15th place – which was easily the best Lincolnshire team performance at the 2011 Championships.

In the senior boys race, Lloyd Kempson (Gleed Sixth Form) was the sixth Lincs finisher in the demanding 6.8km event.

He managed to finish in 289th position and helped the county take 38th place.

At intermediate girls level, Grace Mullins also ran a splendid race. She completed the 3.8km challenge in 87th position, clocking a time of 14.23mins.

That was some two minutes and six seconds behind the championship title winner, but Mullins was the second finisher for Lincolnshire team as they finished in a respectable 25th place.