CROSS COUNTRY: Top ten finish for Harrier Charlotte at inter-counties

Charlotte Taylor. Photo by JOHN PRZYBYL
Charlotte Taylor. Photo by JOHN PRZYBYL

Charlotte Taylor led the charge as 23 Nene Valley Harriers put in an excellent showing at the UK inter-counties cross country meet.

Racing against the best of British at Cofton Park, Birmingham, the Spalding ace started well and was up with the leaders right from the start.

At one stage Taylor was at the front, but in the latter stages the group broke up. The Nene Valley girl held firm though and secured a superb eighth place.

In the same race, Charlotte Harris had one of her best runs to finish 137th.

It wasn’t such a great day for in-form under-15 Alex Hampson, who was on a high going into the race after his Southern Championship win.

The Bourne lad put himself in contention for a high finish, but by the end of the first lap he had to pull out with a foot injury picked up during the race. In the same age group, Cameron Marshall scored for Lincolnshire with a fine 142nd, while Bradley Sprudens (224th), Ollie Bowling (246th) and Will Baker (251st) were pleased with their performances.

In the under-13 boys’ race, Bradley Allan was called up at the last moment and justified his selection with his best run of the season.

He scored second for Lincolnshire and finishing 101st overall, with club-mate Zak Stevens(168th) scoring for Cambridgeshire and Ollie Oakley having another determined race in 281st.

In the under-17 boys Billy Mugnier rose to the occasion with a great run for 143rd, closely followed by James McCrae (157th), Nathan Tweedie (136rd) and the returning Chris Allison (201st).

Lloyd Kempson continued his good winter in the under-20 race with a solid 106th, while Ross Huskisson (173rd) continues to improve.

Meanwhile, under-13 Emma Gibbs carried the flag for the club to finish 139th, as did under-17 Amy Gibbons (211th) who had her best championship run.

The senior ladies’ were led in by Philippa Taylor (174th), with Tracey McCartney not far behind in 203rd and Nicky Morgan finishing 260th.

Josh Lunn (191st) continued his good season for the senior men, while Mike Chapman (239th) wasn’t far off his target to get in the top 200.