National XC Relays - 02/11/13
Report by Clive Thornton
Two of the great days in the English Running calendar, are the National Cross Country Championships with its Braveheart like cavalry charge starts and the National Cross Country Relays where 3500 of England's best club athletes in 1000+ teams from Under 13 to Senior meet to do battle.
New Marske fielded three complete teams this year, first up were the Under 15 girls, on a mostly dry day they had to run in the heaviest shower of the day. Izzy Brining, Eli Barnbrook and Sarah McGough running 2km legs, placed 77th overall, also competing in incomplete teams were Ellie Heath and Natasha Thornton.
As the skies cleared next up were the Under 15 boys running 2km legs, represented by Ben Bergstrand, Morgan Spiers and Reece Curtis finished just outside the top half in 48th overall.
The largest field of the day was the last race in the programme, the senior men running 4 x 5km legs with a near 200 starters, New Marske A were represented by Russ Best, Tristan Learoyd, Shaun O'Grady and Nasar Hussain and Clive Thornton in the incomplete B. The A team placed a good 35th from 152 finishers.
The National relays are a terrific introduction to major events, really well organised by Mansfield AC and English Cross Country and then you too can wear your Nationals hoodie with pride.
See you there next year!