Veteran ultra-distance runner Joasia Zakrzewski added yet another Gold medal to her already fine collection over a wide range of distances, on this occasion it was in the British Masters Athletic Federation 10 Mile Road Race at Netherhall, Maryport in Cumbria where she triumphed finishing 13th overall, 1st female and 1st veteran (o/40) to win Gold in a very good time of 61.41, which was the 8th fastest time overall,and Kelly Bentley was 77th overall recording 79.16 and 2nd o/50 winning Silver, (both pictured
Joasia (no 41, and Kelly no 45).
In the Scottish National XC Championships at Falkirk, Rosie Smith still not fully fit from an injury, finished 8th in the Senior Women’s over 10k Race recording 40.35, whilst Cameron Allan finished 28th in the u/17 Men’s 5.9k Race recording 23.39.[divider]
Meanwhile, in the English National XC at Wollaton Park, Nottingham, the Harriers only managed to field 3 Senior runners from the whole of the Club which was very disappointing for this prestigious Championship. Some of the Juniors had other priorities, whereas some of the senior men who were intending to run were forced to pull out due to injury or illness at the last minute which meant we could not finish as a Team. However, the 3 that did run in the Senior Men’s 12k Race were veteran Matt Hornsby(o/35) who ran very well finishing a highly placed 160th recording 44.17, whilst Chris Wilkinson was 635th in 50.47, with veteran and XC Captain Geoff Watson (o/40) 1587th recording 66.42 (1762 finishers).[divider]
In the England Athletics Indoor u/15, u/17, & u/20 Championships at Sheffield, the in-form Tia Anderson once again progressed very well through the rounds of the u/15 Girls 200m, with a heat time of 26.09, semi-final of 25.93, and a final time of 25.80 which was a new personal best and currently places her 5th in the U.K. Rankings, however, she just missed out of a Bronze by 6/100’s of a second in finishing 4th. Adam Ord recorded a good time of 2.09.55 in the u/15 Boys 800m Final but faded in the closing stages and finished 5th. Tyler Thomas had 2 good rounds of u/15 Boys 60m with times of 7.66 pb (heat) and an improved pb of 7.62 (semi), but missed out on reaching the Final.