Local stars shine at Nottinghamshire Cross Country at Wollaton Park
NOTTS AC retained the senior men's team trophy in a race won by Richard Kay at the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire cross country championships at Wollaton Park.
More than 300 runners from clubs and schools around Nottinghamshire took part, tackling challenging courses with varying distance depending on their age group – with every lap taking in at least two climbs of the hill.
Kay, who runs for Tipton Harriers, completed the 10km course in 31 minutes and 10 seconds, with James Mee of Mansfield Harriers second 35 seconds back.
Doug Musson finished third in 32.45, the Notts AC athlete was the first of the winning team to cross the finish line. Musson was joined by Andrew Warburton (fifth), Rob Keal (tenth), Richard Darling 13th, Mark Thompson 15th and Matt Judson 16th. The Notts AC team also took second place just ahead of Mansfield.
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Juliet Doyle of Charnwood AC had a strong run to win the ladies race. Doyle led from start to finish and completed the 5km course in 25.38 ahead of Nikita Pembleton of Sutton Harriers (27.12) and Anna Simmonds of Notts AC (28.51), while Redhill Road Runners won the team contest thanks to Toni Minetti, Helen Burrell and Catherine Charlton.
In the junior races there was more success for Mansfield Harriers as Sam Johnson, Lewis Ashmore and Jordan Boam held off the Notts AC team of Paddy Clark, Corey Plewinski and Robert Trusson.
Mansfield also took the U17/U20 ladies team competition, in a race won by Caelidh Ross (Leicester Coritanians) by four seconds from Ella Hughes of Mansfield. Hughes still tasted success as part of the winning team with Hayley Silver and Hannah Hardy.
The U15's races saw Notts AC and Mansfield Harriers share the spoils. Nicole Goulding of Mansfield claimed victory in the girls race but Georgia Clarke, Ellie Brazil and Elizabeth Pennington took the team prize for Notts.
Mansfield had the upper hand in the boys race with Alex Riley, Archie Raynor and Ben Hardy claiming the top prize.
In a closely fought U13 boys race Omar Aikman of Amber Valley AC just finished ahead of Ben Burnham of Sutton Harriers to take the county title.
Aidan Needham, Josh Charters and Ryan Wright of Worksop Harriers took the team crown just two points ahead of Newark AC.
The U13 girls race saw another win for the Notts AC team. Libby Coleman from Sutton Harriers and Laura Bates of Newark AC finished first and second respectively followed by twins Bella and Florence Reed of Notts AC, Emma Williams joined the Reeds to complete the scoring for the winning team.
The closest of finishes in the team competition was in the first race of the day in the U11 girls race.
St Peter's Primary School, East Bridgford and Notts AC all finished on 25 points each, but Imogen Harcombe's second place – behind race winner Maya Todd McIntyre of Rushcliffe AC – was enough to give the team gold to St Peter's. Jessica Rimmington and Maisie Archer-Dytch completed the scoring places for the team.
The boys race saw a close finish between Finn Moffatt of Rushcliffe AC and Samuel Roberts of Retford AC with Moffatt just taking the win by two seconds. Sammy King led the Nottingham High School team home with Seb Gould and Ben Naish not too far behind to complete the scoring.
In other news, back on the track, Zack King, Anna Davies and Mike Warner of Notts AC have all been selected to take part in the British Athletics European Indoor Trials and UK Championships in Sheffield on February 9-10.