Holland Sports AC success at the weekends National Cross Country Championships

28th February 2022

A STORY OF FURTHER 'SUCCESS & BUILDING' EVEN AT HIGHEST LEVEL NATIONALLY Our year of top-class racing & success saw our distance runners secure an incredible 5th National U15 Team placing at the 2022 National Cross-Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields along with top individual National rankings achieved without exception against best runners in England and a challenging hilly and muddy course. This year's Saucony English National Cross-Country Championships was typically featured one of the muddiest of courses and along with races of over 400 athletes. On a day of powerful running, our U13s Barnaby Chambers (210th - 14:20) & Haydon Roberts (213th - 14:21) in their first National Competition finished strongly together both in the top half of the field and looking at home with the best. U17 Noah Laird continued to show the power of positivity, optimism and good tactics finishing like a rocket (a year down) in 262nd place (28.03) even over the long 6k course. The U15 Girls saw a top performance (140th) from Erin Draper (19:48) along Alexa Rogers overcoming muddy conditions and the loss of her spikes to achieve a good 199th place followed by the talented Ruby Masson (267th -21:53). Our athletes let their positivity, optimism and running lead them to success. The U15 Boys crowned a day of positive performances with an outstanding 5th National Team placing that was close to the top National teams from Chiltern Harriers AC, Tonbridge Ac, Cambridge & Coleridge AC and Winchester & District AC. Our top National performer was again the incredible Joseph Hunt (29th place - 15:31) overcoming a fall & mud followed by a flowing, fast and tactically strong run from Luke Danby( 39th - 15:46) and then the strong Jacob Hunt (51st - 15:56) and the vital 4th scorer (a year down) Ben Hilson (191st - 17:28). Our other strong and positive performances came from a much-improved Thomas Veale (17:44), flowing Sam Long (242th - 17:49) and spirited (a year down) Ewan Murphy(372nd - 19:47) . As our athletes let their positivity and optimism lead them to success, the message to everyone is to 'keep building'

We look forward to more success in the final months of Cross County & summer track and yet even more progress at next years Nationals in Leeds.

Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other."- Brian Tracy