Six Dacorum & Tring athletes in Years 6 and 7 made the trek up to Prestwold Hall, near Loughborough, to compete in the Primary and Year 7 National Cross Country Championships, in an event that was commended for its superb organization – especially given that over 2200 entries were received, from all over the country.
First off the mark for D&T were Brooke Evans and Milla Walsh in the Year 6 girls race, contested over 2500m. Both girls, who train with the U13 group at the track, ran strongly and scored for the Hertfordshire team, which finished in third position out of over 40 county teams – giving the two girls well-deserved team bronze medals.
Brooke (in main photo, in black shirt), who was also coached by her dad Damon in the lead-up to the race, finished a brilliant 17th out of 252 Year 6 girls in a time of 8.17, just 47 seconds off first place. Milla, for her part, was 80th in 9.00 flat, well within the top third of the field.
In the Year 6 boys race, also held over 2500m, George Doyle was among the scorers for the Bucks team, finishing 72nd out of 260 boys in a time of 8.13.
The Year 7 girls were off next, tackling a slightly longer course of close to 4000m, and Amy Lane also scored for her Herts team, finishing a valiant 106th out of 177 girls in 12.42.
The Year 7 boys race was the final event of the day, and our two entrants, Jude McKay and Tim Fryer, both finished within the top third of the field. Jude, representing Herts, crossed the line in 11.16, good enough for 52nd position and fourth scoring position for Herts, while Tim was one second behind, in 54th position, and second scorer for Bucks.
George, Amy, Jude and Tim train with Mike Dunphy’s Middle Distance Squad, while, as mentioned above, Brooke and Milla train with Petra Carroll’s U13 group, and their results are a testament to months of hard training and racing and to the dedication of their coaches and parents. The club looks set to post some phenomenal results on the track this summer in the U11 and U13 middle distance events with this talented lot!
Milla and Brooke in action – thanks to Shelley Walsh for the photos!