Alex Bruce Littlewood made his debut for England when he competed in the Home Countries International at Nottingham. The Blackheath & Bromley athlete helped his country to victory as he finished in 4th place in 32.00.

Michael Skinner represented Great Britain at the World Cross Country Championships last year but he was in action in a less high profile race. He won the Whole Foods Market Breakfast Run over 16.2 miles in Kingston in a time of 1.28.09. He was over a minute clear of the runner up.

Closer to home the Club cross country season came to an end with the Closing 5 mile yacht handicap at Hayes. With the slowest starting first and the quickest last , a perfect handicap would see all cross the line together.

However, this never happens as there is always someone who slips under the Handicapper’s radar. On this occasion it was youngster Coleman Corry who won in a net time of 26.14 just over a minute clear of his team manager Paul Austridge with his father Nic Corry a further two minutes behind in third.

Fastest time around the course was Fintan Parkinson in 30.55 with Tom Desborough second and Dave Beadle third. Andrea Pickup was the quickest woman in 36.58 followed by Rosemary Ferguson and Sarah Belaon.

This was the final event in the nine race Bennett Cup competition, a Handicap series which has been running throughout the Winter months. Positions at the top have been changing regularly and last Saturday was no exception as Andy Tucker burst through to take the overall title with 385 points.

Just one point behind were Steve Pairman and leader prior to the race Barry Wetherilt. Steve took the runner up spot as he ran the quicker time in the final race. Graham Coates, Anne Cilia and Nigel Bulmer were all close behind.

The latest recipient of a Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award is Yasmin Austridge. She has been an ever present this Winter for the Club’s cross country teams, helping the under 15 girls team to win the National title, as well as the Area and County championships. She also finished in 13th place in the English Schools Championships. As well as being a talented athlete Yasmin is also an enthusiastic supporter of all her fellow athletes both young and not so young.

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