Runners through to national event

PUBLISHED: 09:35 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

Emma Calder

Emma Calder

AN expanding group of junior athletes from Royston Crows AC competed strongly at the Hertfordshire County Cross Country Championships in Watford on Sunday. In the under-11's race the impressive Gus Rees was narrowly pipped at the finish line and finished

AN expanding group of junior athletes from the Royston Crows competed strongly at the Hertfordshire County Cross Country Championships in Watford on Sunday.

In the under-11's race the impressive Gus Rees was narrowly pipped at the finish line and finished second while Sophie Shannon and Danielle Close finished in the top 20 in the girls' event.

In the under-13's category Jo Maude and Emma Calder both had excellent runs to complete the race in seventh and 11th place respectively, gaining both athletes selection into the county team.

Other strong runs by Danielle Calvert and Ellen Annets gave the under-13s girls a good team placing.

Toby Hone sealed a reserve selection spot after an excellent run amid a very strong field in the under-20's race.

The Crows also had a good result in the Cambridgeshire county championships with Sophie Jones also gaining county selection by finishing eighth in the under-13s race, with Rebecca O'Sullivan closing in rapidly to finish 18th.

Maude, Calder and Jones will all be travelling to Nottingham on March 7 where they will be representing their counties in the national inter-counties event.

The Crows have never had three athletes selected for the event before and these results reflect the improvement within the club since its beginning three years ago.

However, the club desperately needs more coaches in order for it to continue and improve.

If anyone with an interest in athletics is willing to help bring these and other local young athletes on then please contact Wendy on 07967 459577.

Coaching fees will be covered.

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