Seven young athletes represented their counties in these championships, which had 320 runners in each race representing 42 counties/regions throughout the UK.
Coaches John Stow and Richard Thurston made the journey too, giving much-needed support to the athletes. We actually had eleven athletes selected but poor Jimmy Geller, Sam Sloan and Evan Johnson are sidelined with injury, while Kai Boggon was competing in Abu Dhabi in an international triathlon event.
From L to R: Abigail Reid, Tilly Major and friend Ruby Naughton of VPH (pic: Sally Chapman)
The main feature of the day was the strength of the winds blowing across the course. In fact, before the races started you could hardly stand up in the winds. However, the course was a lot kinder than last year, with reasonably good going for the runners, albeit there were a few muddy bits to negotiate.