West Suffolk Athletics Club’s (WSAC) Michael Bartram produced an outstanding run to win a national cross country bronze medal.
Almost 5,000 athletes competed across the age groups in the Saucony 2014 English National Cross Country Championships — which took place at the picturesque Wollaton Park, Nottingham — with Bartram’s bronze topping the efforts of WSAC on Saturday.
He covered the 6,000m distance in 19 minutes 45 seconds.
Ben Eames returned to competition after a three month lay-off to finish 173rd in 23.20, while Cameron McKie was 212th in 24.01.
In the under-17 women’s race, over 5,000m, Charlotte Murphy finished 24th in a time of 19 minutes 26 seconds.
Niall Ackroyd placed 181st in the under-15 boys’ race, over 4,500m, in a time of 16.31, while Josh Walker was 309th in 18.23.
Justine Anthony ran the junior women’s race despite a knee injury sustained a week earlier and clocked 23.57 over 6,000m for 25th.
Beth Tooley and Katie Duncan both had solid runs, placing 98th (27.41) and 124th (29.50) respectively.
In the under-13 girls’ race, over 3,000m, Rebecca Daniel posted 12.52 for 40th, followed by Katrina Kemp (106th, 13.24), Libby Walshe (173rd, 13.53), Claudia Spencer-Hall (296th, 14.44), Alana Wilson (344th).
Sophie Tooley was in contention for a medal in the under-15 girls’ race over 4,000m, but the muddy sections did not suit the running style of the reigning 1,500m national champion and she faded to seventh in 15.53.
Lauren Murphy was 43rd in 16.51, Megan Newton 90th in 17.33 and Mikayela Sealby 267th in 19.55 as the team placed ninth.
Thomas McCarthy led home a trio of WSAC runners in the under-13 boys’ race, over 3,000m, with a hard run to 127th from 385 starters in 12.32.
Only 30 seconds — but 84 places — back was Cameron Ackroyd in 211th, while Adam Newton was 320th in 14.10.
Maureen McCarthy put in a superb effort to come home 165th in the senior women’s event, clocking 34.34 for the 8,000m course.
Christine Anthony (second V50) and Celia Duncan (third V60) can both be pleased with their efforts in 337th (37.48) and 384th (38.47) respectively.