Henry McLuckie, who came third in the National Cross Country Championships in February this year, improved on his previous two finishes at the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon with victory in the Under-17 boys’ race. McLuckie (14:25) held off competition in the closing stages from Matthew Mackay (14:29) and Charlie Brisley (14:31).
“I saw someone else coming up behind me so I had to push hard down The Mall,” he said.
“It went exactly the way I wanted to execute it.”
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.
Hampshire Schools’ AA Under 12, Under 13 and Under 14 Cross-Country Championships 2019
7 March at Down Grange, Basingstoke
Huge congratulations to all IWAC runners who competed at the Schools XC Championships.
Notable performances included:
Matilda Brown and Freya Taylor in the U12 (yr5/6) event both in the top 30.
Archie Pearson a teriffic 5th in the boys event – Finn McMahon 29th & James Heng 34th.
Joe Roberts also an excellent 5th in the U13 boys, with Owen Clarke 22nd and Arthur Attrill next IWAC boy back in 33rd.
Maisey Kent had the best result of the day with 3rd in the Girls U14 event, IWAC also with Lily Barclay in a great 20th and Evie Taylor just a little further back.
Congratulations to the IWAC runners in the Ryde Harriers 10 mile road race on Sunday.
The team win was ahead of strong local and mainland clubs, and all of our finishers had great times on an undulating course: