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National XC Championships
Alton Towers
19 February 2011

It was a 'tough day at the office' for the athletes of Lincoln Wellington at the National Cross Country Championships at Alton Towers. The twin challenge of huge fields of top class opposition together with a course turned into a quagmire by heavy overnight rain and snow resulted in most of the Wellington squad falling short of pre-race expectations.

Haran Dunderdale provided one of the few bright spots by running a great race to finish 6th in the U15 Boy's contest not too far away from the medal positions.  Dylan Love also did very well to take 19th spot but Joe Wilkinson found things tough and crossed the line 182nd.  The club's U15 Girl's squad have had a terrific season but the hoped for medal at this event did not materialise.  Abbie Donnelly was first back in 16th place with Bo Haywood next to finish in 30th position.  Rebekah Ward kept going well for 97th place and the scoring was completed by Catrina Thomas, who will be more at home on the track and crossed the line 141st.  Rhiannon Philps was a little further back in 216th and will also be looking forward to the track season.

Lara Thomas was hoping for a top ten placing in the U20 Women's race but was not really suited by the gluepot conditions and eventually came back in 16th place.  Sophie Cowper had the misfortune to lose one of her spikes in the early stages.  She continued to take 40th position which was a creditable effort in the circumstances.  Gemma Selwood was 64th and Hester Talbot 107th.

Ian Kimpton was unable to reproduce his two recent top class efforts due to a cold in the week prior to the race.  He never looked comfortable and eventually finished 45th in a monster Senior Men's field of over 1300 finishers.  Tom Doe was not too disappointed with 67th place in view of his lack of recent mileage but Josh Stone was hoping for a little better than 214th.  Paul Samways took 424th place and George Shuttleworth was pleased to get round in 1253rd spot.

Natalie Farrow was the only Wellington Senior Woman to line up.  After a rather slow start, she made some progress to work through to a satisfactory 66th place at the line.  In the U17 Women's race, Libbie Read did pretty well to finish 71st with Sheridan McWilliam 108th.  Matt Bee led the U17 Men's trio back in 133rd position with Adam Baker 176th and Harry Baxter 234th.  Joe Shuttleworth was 160th in the U13 Boy's contest ahead of Liam Brotherton in 219th.  And Laura Williamson picked up 231st spot in the U13 Girl's event.


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