Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club under-17s defy arctic blast at cross country
Lincoln Wellington Athletics Club members battled the arctic conditions at the National Cross Country Championships at Sunderland's Herrington Park.
The club's under-17 women's squad has had an excellent winter season so far and in the first event of the day they again produced some great running.
Abbie Donnelly was never too far away from a top class leading group and kept going strongly to finish a superb seventh in a field of over 150 starters.
Catrina Thomas finished 21st and consistent Rebekah Ward was not far behind in 31st.
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In the under-17 men's race Dylan Love picked up places steadily after a cautious start to finish 33rd, but Elliott Stones was severely hampered after losing a shoe part way through the race and was someway further back in 99th.
Finlay Thompson found the going tough and crossed the line 170th.
There was a very creditable effort from Archie Richardson to finish 35th in the under-13 boys' contest and he already looks like a very good future prospect.
Nat Farrow arrived late on the course due to traffic diversions on the motorway and in the circumstances was very pleased with 47th place in a senior women's field of well over 400 finishers.
As usual there was a four figure field for the senior men's race and the Wellington trio all acquitted themselves very well. Shane Robinson produced another fine performance to take 72nd spot with Richard Brown and Josh Stone both doing well to claim 119th and 137th places respectively.
Promising new member Leah Epton did well to take 70th position in the under-15 girls' race and Dan Skinner came back in 85th spot in the under-15 boys' contest.
Lucy Thornton was another athlete to lose a shoe during the race, but she kept going in determined fashion in the under-13 girls' race to finish 110th.
Harry Baxter will be more at home on the track, but saw it out well in a quality under-20 men's contest to finish 125th.