10 March, Prestwold Hall, Loughborough
UK Inter Counties is the biggest cross country event of the season with 300 entrants in each race, and only those selected for their county are eligible to compete. As it is a UK Championship event the quality is exceptionally high with the senior races featuring British internationals such as Gemma Steel and Andy Vernon.
Newport Harriers selections wear the purple vest of East Wales for this competition. Our one senior athlete, Abed Teweldebrhan, was 73rd in the men’s race.
Our other top 100 finish on the day came from Jackson Mountford, 98th in U17 Men. Remi Adebiyi was also top 100 in this race but DQ’d for not wearing a chip. Several of our athletes made significant improvements on last year’s performance: Lily Williams from 234th to 109th; Michael Owen 243rd to 179th; Jake Seville 204th to 160th.
The course was nothing but mud from start line to finish, and all of our athletes should be proud to have gained selection and competed in these challenging conditions at this national level.
NEWPORT ATHLETES COMPETING FOR EAST WALES
U13 Boys: Isaac Jones 302nd
U13 Girls: Lily Williams 109th, Ceri Griffiths 238th, Lily Hart 272nd
U15 Boys: Michael Owen 179th, Oscar Denton 298th
U15 Girls: Elin Griffiths 167th, Lowri Thomas 195th, Ashleigh Steer 238th, Ellie Parker 294th, Emily Wilcox 299th
U17 Men: Jackson Mountford 98th, Spencer Smith 117th, Jake Seville 160th, Remi Adebiyi DQ
U17 Women: Ellie Robinson 117th, Tessa Morgan 229th, Shireen Balouch 262nd, Caitlin Jones 270th, Seren Jones 279th
Thanks Darryn Mcatee for the report