Inter-County Cross Country – 12th March 2022

Last weekend saw six athletes travel to Prestwold Hall in Loughborough to compete at the Inter-Country Cross Country Championship. These athletes had all been selected to represent Hampshire based on their performances at the Hampshire Championships in January and their general performances over the 2021/2022 cross country season.

We arrived at the venue with plenty of time for the first races. The athletes all walked the course before their individual events and collected their Hampshire vests.

First up was Isla Hall and Hannah Sterry in the under 13 girls. The girls lined up with 299 other athletes ready to race 3k. Neither of the girls were spotted at the start of the race but were seen clearly after the first 300m. Isla was roughly 50th and Hannah in 100th. The girls raced really well with Isla finishing overall in 8th position and first Hampshire girl over the line. Hannah raced superbly in her first major race and finished strong in 69th.

Next up was Bradley Andrews-Callec racing in the under 15 boys.  Bradleys has had a run of ill health recently and was struggling to find his usual form. The Hampshire boys rallied together to boost his confidence and they stood strong together on the line with 300 other athletes to race the 4K course. Bradley managed a good start but struggled to hold his position and finished overall in 45th and 4th in the Hampshire team.

The third race of the day saw Libby Atkinson up next with 256 other under 17 women. Libby looked relaxed in the middle of the pack as she moved around the 5k course. All of the athletes had said it was a tough course and Libby found it no different. Libby finished in 154 overall and 5th in the Hampshire team.

Last up was the under 15 girls event. We had two Jersey athletes in this event. Seaena Silvester and Siena Stephens. Unfortunately Seaena wasn’t feeling well enough to race but did a great job of cheering others on throughout the day when she could. Siena stood alongside 000 athletes and had a great start straight up the middle of the 4K course. Siena finished in 151 and 7th in the Hampshire team.

All of the athletes enjoyed the toughest of competitions and all came away with their own ideas of what they would do differently if they could do it again.