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Millington in top form

- 24th Nov 2004
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Stockport Harriers' 14-year-old running ace Ross Millington was in top form at last weekend's European cross country trials, which were being held in conjuction with the nationwide Reebok cross country race series.

Ross went into the race on the back of the second-fastest time at the English cross country relay championships held two weeks ago at Mansfield.

He lined up on Saturday in confident mood against the nation's top runners in the boys under-15 race at Parliament Hill fields in London.

His main rivals included the Reebok race series leader Richard Peters from Westbury Harriers who had been unbeaten going into the third race of the six-race series that has taken in challenging courses at Falkirk and Birmingham.

Ross, who is getting back to full fitness after breaking his foot, sat in on the first of the two hilly laps on the boggy Hampstead Heath course that has spectacular views over London.

Northern 1500m champion Ross went to the front, controlling the race on the first of the two-lap course and opened a gap of 20 metres, leaving Peters and Bond to battle it out for second and third.

They were unable to catch the Woodsmoor flyer who finished the race with a fast 200m burst in the home straight to make sure of victory. Ross will be looking to resume business again with Peters and Bond when the race comes to Liverpool's Sefton Park in two weeks.

Lucy McLoughlin, who raced in the girls under-15 competition, finished 14th while Ben Styles and Jacob Corrigan were 22nd and 32nd respectively in the under-17 boys race, with Liam Turnbull 77th in the boys under-15 run.

Harriers GB cross country team-mate Steve Vernon, who was at the race to cheer Ross around the course, is also hoping to be fit enough to be in the senior men's race at Liverpool.