Middle Changing Room update

Report: Dave Turnbull -

North of England Cross Country Championships Pontefract Jan 25th

The Middle Changing Room (MCR) squad carried on their good form at home and abroad in the last month.

The men’s and women’s squad in action at the North of England cross country championships there were individual wins for Welsh marathon MCR member Andy Davies taking the men’s title from Olympian athlete Alistair Brownlee of Leeds and MCR Patrick Martin making the podium in third.

The team showed great strength with 4 athletes in the first 10, Alex O’Gorman producing his best performance on the cross in 7th and (Jaybird) Jack Martin in 10th.

Jack Morris in 28th, Andy Nixon 52nd and Cousin Jack Nixon in 58th closed the team who were narrowly beaten into 2nd place by Morpeth Harriers by 6 points.

Elle Vernon who had been acclimatising for Pontefract in the warm weather of Barbados for two weeks ran away from Emma Clayton in the final stages of the race to secure her first Northern title.

Lyndsay Clarke was second Harrier home in 32nd and Jenny knass in 49th.

Young under-20 athlete MCR member Molly Williams finished in 7th place in the junior women’s race.

European Clubs Cross Country Championships Guadalajara, Spain

The MCR squad travelled to Guadalajara, Spain as British Cross champions to compete in the European club’s championships.

The super-fast flat course was in contrast to the Northern championships the previous week first home for the club was Patrick Martin in 11th with brother Jack 19th, closely followed by Alex O’Gorman in 22nd, Jack Morris 48th and Jack Nixon 65th with reverse of positions this week cousin Andy Nixon in 76th.

The team were 6th out of 20 teams

Louise Top Girl 2014

Louise Rudd was top V35 in 2014 for 800 metres in 2.14 and also topped the rankings for 1,500m with 4.33, Louise will travel to Poland in a few weeks time to compete at the European indoors veteran championships over 1,500m and 3,000 metres Louise moves up to the V40 age group.

Chelsea Jarvis USA

Chelsea Jarvis got her indoor campaign underway with a fast 800m in Alabama Birmingham finishing second in 2.07 which takes Chelsea up to 4th on the national rankings and the third fastest all time by an FSU athlete.

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