The Northern Cross Country championships took place yesterday at Knowsley Safari Park, near Liverpool. It is the 3rd time the championships have been held there and the conditions were the best yet as there was no snow or wind and only some light rain for the first few events.
The first event was the under 17 women and we were represented by Lucy-Erin Hunter and Stella Jones. Lucy is making a steady return to racing after having had her tonsils removed and Stella is getting back to form after a recent ankle injury. They did extremely well to finish 23rd and 60th respectively.
In the under15 girls race India Pentland excelled in the conditions to finish 7th which was a great result in such a competitive field. She was followed by the ever improving Emma Hart in 29th, Megan Noble in 72nd and Ellie Phillips in 104th.
The under 15 Boys race was fiercely contested and regular racers, James Roberts and Liam Brittle made the best of the mud to come home 87th and 144th.
Our sole under 13 girl, Harriet Rogers was an excellent 58th position.
At the meeting this afternoon to select teams for the CAU Intercounties championships at Loughborough on the 11th March, the club was well represented in the teams. Jade Hutchinson was selected for the under 20 women's team after here excellent run at Knowsley on her 18th birthday yesterday. Max Pearson has been selected to run in the under 17 men's team after his tremendous performance at the Durham schools championships and Lucy-Erin Hunter has been selected for the under 17 women's team. An excellent run of results means that we have three representatives in the under 15 girls race. Catherine Roberts and India Pentland were automatically selected after their brilliant 1,2 finish at the North East championships and they are ably supported by Emma Hart. This is a tremendous result for DHAC to have such strong representation at such a major event and we wish these young athletes good luck for the 11th March.
The updated championship results can be seen here 2016-17 Jnr XC champs.xlsx and photos from the Northern championships can be seen on our Facebook page.