On Saturday 25 November, Robyn and Rowan Bennett travelled to Liverpool to take part in the one of the series of British Athletics Cross Challenge races. This particular race doubles as the European Cross Country Trials event, and hence attracts the finest runners from across the country.
Faced with very muddy conditions as well as stiff competition, Rowan had a fine run, finishing 49th out of 158 over a 3K course. Robyn, running in the under 17/20 girls race, billed as one of the leading events of the day, found herself boxed in at the start and was taken aback by the free use of elbows and aggressive jostling for position, so found it hard to assert herself in the way she would have hoped. That said, it was a valuable experience for both Bennetts to take with them to the North Easterns, and provided a great spectating opportunity to witness Jess Judd and Gemma Steel in action in the senior women’s race – a hard fought contest, which saw Emilia Gorecka leading for most of the way and overcoming Judd who was her closest competitor.
Keep up the good work Robyn and Rowan.
Update: please find enclosed the final consolidated woodcock relay results. Thank you to those who replied with queries (and also to Vicki Thompson). This sheet will be uploaded to sports soft asap. Norman Woodcock Ver 2. Completed