Cloud and drizzle greeted the Hampshire Schools Cross Country athletics team for the 2018 Inter-Counties Championships on Saturday in Newbury. Each one of over 500 runners had qualified form their school, district and county before they made this level – and the races were generally very close with teams from Essex to Berkshire involved. First event was Junior Girls and Mabel Lewis came in 46th, middle of the field and 9th in a strong Hampshire team. Henry McLuckie needed just one slight injection of pace to distance the chasing pack, and cruised to another emphatic victory in the Intermediate Boys event. Henry progresses to the England Schools race in March. Flynn Powell had the worst of the conditions but a great race to finish 51st and 10th for Hampshire in the Senior Boys competition. The three IWAC athletes represented their schools (SBA & CtK), the Isle of Wight and Hampshire superbly.