Zak is 2nd as club take 5 top 10 finishes in the nationals.

Zak Mahamed took the silver medal at the English national cross country championships in Donington Park in Leicestershire yesterday.Held on a testing, clawing course Zak built up a lead in the U15 boys race but was overtaken in the race to the line by Josh Cowperthwaite from Middlesbbrough.  Zak held on for 2nd from Hampshire teammate Lachlan Wellington with the first 3 nearly 30 seconds clear of the rest of the field.

The senior women were a hugely impressive 8th best team on the day.  Ellie Monks and Laura Brenton both ran great races with Ellie come home 29th and Laura just 11 seconds behind in 31st.  Bryer Bowness was 115th and Nicci Blandford completed the scorers in 164th to ensure a top ten finish for the women with 84 teams fielding at least 4 women which ensures a scoring team and 739 women completing the race.

In the senior mens race, Ben Brewster was the first man from the club over the line in 208th followed by Rich Waldron in 221st.  Max Costley was next in 290th, James Smith was 356th, Steve Underwood 947th and Paul Johnson completed the scorers in 1023rd place bringing the team home 39th on the day.  Howard Long was 1140th and a huge field of 730 senior men completed the course.

The club also recorded a top ten finish in the junior womens race.  Francis Arnott was 67th, Alana Spiers 70th and Anna Sharp 77th all finishing within a minute of each other to bring the team home in 9th place.

Mo Mahamed was 10th in the junior mens race where the club just fell short of a medal in the team event coming home 4th.  Abdi Mahamed was 48th, Tom Cully 58th and Joseph Bull in 88th on his debut for the club completed the scorers.

Hannah Polden was 127th in the U17 womens race and in the mens equivilent age group, Sam Costley ran a fantastic race to finish 21st with Luke Powell in 58th.

No girls finished in the U15 girls race but for the U13 girls Elizabeth Adamson ran a fine race to finish 34th as did Megan Hulbert who finished 91st with another 2 years in the age group to go.  Madeline Cooper was 205th.

The U13 boys team came 31st on the day led by a fine run from Matthew Dyer who was 51st.  Trainer partners Callum Gregson and Harry Crosby were 227th and 298th respectively and Charlie Morse was 327th with 420 boys completing the course.

A good day all round for the club with an individual silver medal, an individual top ten finish and 3 teams finishing in the top 10.

A full set of results can be found through the following link.