Derbyshire Cross Country Championships

Report: Isaac -

With temperatures of −3°C, falling snow and strong winds for the start of the 2009 Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Cross Country Championships it was a case of how many layers to wear and what shoes would stand up to the frozen surface.

An excellent undulating course at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield challenged Stockport’s largest turnout for some years with solid performances including medals and Inter County places.

Michaela Stepto and Estelle McGuire battled through the Senior Ladies’ field to take 1st and 3rd medals in the V40 category and Michaela will go on to represent her county in the Inter Counties Championships at Wollaton Park on 7th March.

In the Senior Men’s Malcolm Johnson ran very well finishing 8th senior and also booking his ticket to Wollaton Park - slightly further down the field but running well as a team Kevan Garner, Kevin Beattie, Sean Whewell and Paul Stepto came away with team bronze medals.

Having to wait till after the Senior races Amber Whewell wearing at least 4 layers and looking very cold still ran a solid race finishing 4th Under-17 and will again represent Derbyshire at the Inter Counties in March where hopefully the temperature will be above freezing!

Senior Men’s 9000m
14 Malcolm Johnson 31:50 8 Senior Inter counties
25 Kevan Garner 33.46 5 V40 Bronze team
26 Kevin Beatie 33.48 6 V40 Bronze team
49 Sean Whewell 37.12 16 V40 Bronze team
58 Paul Stepto 40.25 31 V40 Bronze team
Senior Women’s
8 Michaela Stepto 34:47 1 V40 Gold & Inter counties
11 Estelle McGuire 35:41 3 V40 Bronze
Under-17/20 Women’s 5000m
8 Amber Whewell 20:00 4 U17 Inter counties

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