Four young Isle of Wight Athletes, Henry McLuckie, Mabel Lewis, Campbell Laird and Robyn Fossa, were selected to represent Hampshire and Vectis schools at the English Cross Country Championships. Held at the sodden grounds of Temple Newsham House in Leeds, over 2,000 athletes compete in the six races that make up this championship.
The wind blew and the rain fell all day, turning the tough, undulating course into a mud bath
First to race was Mabel Lewis, competing in the intermediate girls race. Mabel who was bottom age for this race and competing in her first race at this level, ran strongly throughout to finish as the 6th Hampshire girl home and 231st overall out of field of 341. Her performance helped the team claim 19th in the team event.
Robyn Fossa was next to compete in the Junior girls race. She produced a fine performance to finish 56th, helping the Hampshire and Vectis team to 8th place in the team event
In the worsening conditions, on a chewed up course Campbell Laird displayed great strength to take a very creditable 59th overall. He was also 2nd Hampshire boy home, which helped the team claim 11th place in the team event. n the team event.
Unfortunately Henry McLuckie had to withdraw from the Senior Boys race on the day due to ill health.
New Balance sponsor the championships and the IWC and Wightlink support the athletes form the Island.