Blue skies were the order of the day following on from heavy overnight rain as nine teams travelled up to Sutton Park to challenge the best teams in England.
Our placings were excellent with three teams in the top 10 and another three teams in the top 24. Each leg, contested in all the young athlete races, was 3886 metres and included a steep climb over 6/700 metres near the start. Furthermore, four of our athletes were in the top 12 fastest individuals of the day for their respective age groups. It was evident, too, that most clubs (us included) were placing their best runners on the first leg.
The U13 Girls start: Abigail Reid is to the right behind Hillingdon AC (all photos: Sally Chapman)
Abigail Reid started out for the Woodettes on the first leg, which included five of the top 10 in the National back in February, plus the highly rated Shakira King who is a bottom year runner. Abigail gave her all, coming in 6th with 14 minutes 37 seconds, some 14 seconds quicker than last year. This time was the 8th fastest overall for this age group. On leg two Tilly Major ran a fine leg to move us up to fourth spot with 15 mins 03 secs, the second fastest on this leg and the 11th fastest overall.