CAU INTER-COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Fechin Mc Cormick
The final major Championship of this winter’s cross-country was the weekend’s CAU Inter-County Championships in Birmingham. It competes with the National Cross-Country two weeks ago for prestige and both attract the UK’s top runners in every age-group. This time competitors are representing their counties not their clubs. Yet again, fantastic congratulations to Charlie Hulson and his team on winning the prestigious bronze medal and possibly a trip to the World championships in China in a few weeks.
It’s an honour for any athlete to represent their county and it’s a further credit to their ability and talent to be selected to represent their county in the inter-county championships. The club had 21 representing five counties – Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Derbyshire, North Wales and Gloucestershire. Well done and congratulations to Olivia Green and Claudia Cowan who represented Greater Manchester in the U15 race; Alexa Mc Tiffin who represented Cheshire in the same age-group and Aine Cunningham who was taken ill during the race whilst well to the front. Rachel Hibbard had a really good run representing Greater Manchester in the U20 race as did Matt Beacock and Sam Mayon in the U20 men’s race. Euan Gilchrist also topped off a great winter representing Greater Manchester in the U17 race as did Zara Thompson for Cheshire in the same age-group race and Alice Bruce & Frankie Reid for Greater Manchester. Three of the Greater Manchester U13 girl’s team were Sale Harriers – Aine Gibbons, Beth Thornton and Lizzie Twite and Lara Crawford had a fantastic run for Cheshire in her U13 race despite being a year young. The senior women had Cara O’Brien represent Greater Manchester and Jane Thomas represent Gloucestershire.
The senior men’s race is always the piece-de-la-resistance of all these championships and the club had Charlie Hulson representing North Wales, Jamie Roden representing Derbyshire and Dave Marsh, Paul Green and James Wignall representing Greater Manchester. The pre-race discussion was on Charlie Hulson and whether he could pull out the ‘double’. Remember how he became the youngest ever senior National winner just two weeks earlier and created club history as the first ever senior winner. He was in the form of his life mentally and physically so could he do it?
In a superb nip-and –tuck battle between Andrew Buchart (Scotland East), Dewi Griffiths (West Wales), it could have been anyone race. In the final chase to the line there was only 4 seconds separated them with Charlie the proud owner of the bronze medal.
With selections on Wednesday for the World championships in China, fingers crossed Charlie is selected.
Posted 09/03/2015 14:48