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by Val Baxter

February 24, 2014

Success for Birtley at the Saucony National XC Champs



The National XC Championships at picturesque Wollaton Park, Nottingham, saw 17 Birtley athletes put in some fantastic performances on a very challenging course.

In what appeared to be a record sized field on the day, our athletes held their own, with some strong performances from our u13 girls Lea Brown, Sophie Bell and Bethan Frazer-Denham, solo u13 boy Louis Gill and u15 girls Kate Waugh and Rhianne Bell. The five senior men Lee Millmore, Peter Gill, Dave Coulson, Dave Cleugh and Pedro performed well in a race consisting of well over 1600 runners, although Dave Cleugh did manage to pick up a knee injury on the way around the course.

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However, the stand out performances of the day had to be by the u17 girls, where after a very close and hard fought battle around the course, Lydia Turner produced a thrilling finish and pipped Bobby Clay to the post by 4 seconds, resulting in an individual gold for herself and a team gold with her team-mates Sophie Burnett, Philippa Chambers and Robyn Waugh, with Anna Fawcett and Danielle Elliott also putting in some great performances.

The winning ladies with their coach Tommy Millmore

The winning ladies with their coach Tommy Millmore


The girls proudly displaying their gold medals and trophies.

Here is a video link of the u17 girls in action, with videos of all the age groups also available on the same page.

Video of Lydia post race.

Full results can be seen here.

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View all photos of the day by clicking on the pic above to see our Flickr album (thanks to Sean Bell for some great pictures of the day).

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