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by Val Baxter

December 1, 2014

British Athletics Cross Challenge, Liverpool 29th November 2014

Six Birtley AC athletes travelled to Liverpool on Saturday to compete against the best in the UK at the British Athletics Cross Challenge, which was also the trial of the GB Team selection for the European Cross Country Championships in Bulgaria on 14th December.

There’s always a debate regarding traveling to Liverpool the same morning as the race day, the first race they were involved in starts at 12:15pm, which allowing for an over 3 hour travel without stops, and wanting to be there at least an hour before the start, means a journey starting at 7:30am at the latest. Due to a diversion from the A1 near Scotch Corner the journey did take longer than expected, and gave a bit of concern regarding getting there on time, so maybe an overnight stop in future.

This fixture is always well attended and all the Birtley athletes did the Club proud on the day. It’s a long way to go for competition, especially when there is a clash with a local Harrier League fixture, but I believe the experience of the travel and competition against athletes from around the country is well worth it. Although the course appeared to be quite flat, it could be muddy and sticky in places and there were a few twists and turns.


Under 20 Men

  • Adrian Bailes Position 67th Time 22:14
  • Tom Goulding Position 90th Time 23:02

  • Under 17 & U20 Women

  • Lydia Turner Position 3rd Time 14:57
  • Sophie Burnett Position 38th Time 16:13
  • Robyn Waugh Position 103rd Time 17:50
  • Amber Leigh Position 111th Time 18:05
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