L&RAA County XC Champs
Harborough runners shone in wet and muddy conditions at Burbage Common, Hinckley for the 90th running of the Leicestershire & Rutland County Cross Country Championships.
Thirteen of the club’s best competed in seven of the eight races with some impressive performances. Principal among these was Martha Clapp’s silver medal in the 6 kilometre under-20s race, where she was beaten only by Aldershot’s UK international runner, Amy Griffiths, thereby securing automatic selection to run in the county team in the Inter-Counties Championships in March. A number of other runners have done their chances of county selection no harm, notably twins Niamh and Mollie Watson, 6th and 8th respectively in the under-17 women’s race, George Lowe 6th in the under-13 boys, Lizzie Clapp 9th in the under-13 girls and Sean Fenwick, 5th in the over-35s race and finishing 12th overall in the men’s event.
Commenting on the afternoon’s efforts, Harborough AC chairman Will Clapp said: “It’s a great honour for any sportsman or sportswoman to be selected to compete for their county, doubly so in Leicestershire, which has such a strong reputation for cross country running, particularly in the junior age ranges. And it’s pleasing to see so many of our runners staking a claim to wear the county black vests at Cofton Park in a couple of months. They’ll all be striving to build on the foundations they’ve laid with strong performances at Stafford Common at the end of the month in the Midlands Championships. Conditions weren’t easy at Burbage Common today and our athletes I’m sure will be watching the weather over the next few weeks. Some love the mud, while for others a firmer surface is preferable. Whatever the ground conditions they can be assured of a good contest at Stafford and we wish them all the best of luck.”