Gemma Holloway made a good start to the British cross challenge on Saturday at the Milton Keynes meeting. She was 2nd in the under 20 section to old rival Harriet Knowles-Jones from Warrington. This performance sets her up nicely for the forthcoming championship races. There were 4 other good performances from coach Brenda Stone’s squad; Hayley Instance was 8th in the under 15 girls race and Amber Pollinger 19th in the under 17 girls, Ben Prior showed great form in the under 15 boys by finishing 18th and Sam Smith ran well to finish 33rd in the under 20 men.

Pat Dobbs, running in the Epsom 10, which included the Southern Veterans AC championships finished 2nd in his V75 age group with a time 97m28s. Pat hopes his medal winning streak will continue in the forthcoming months.

This Saturday round 3 of the Essex League takes place at the Cambridge and Coleridge course on the borders of Essex and Cambridgeshire. Hopefully again all squads will be at full strength to continue the successful opening of the campaign this season.

Claire Whitbread