Road Runner finishes just 17 seconds behind Olympic hero

Clowne Road Runner Jackie Robson
Clowne Road Runner Jackie Robson
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Clowne Road Runners were well represented at Wollaton Park in Nottingham on Saturday, for the English National Cross Country Championships.

The course and weather were ideal, and in the men’s senior 12km race over 1,700 runners lined up – including London Olympic triathlon hero Jonathan Brownlee – showing how popular and competitive the event is.

Andy Ward was the first Clowne Road Runner home, finishing in an impressive time of 37.27 and taking 17th place.

Ward finished the race only 24 seconds behind professional athlete Brownlee.

In the team competition Clowne finished 59th out of 126 teams.

Clowne Road Runners had just one runner in the Senior Ladies Championships, which was run over an 8km course.

Jackie Robson finished in 323rd place out of a field of 700 runners in a time of 37.23.

Results: Andy Ward 17th 00.37.27, Lewis Banton 328th 00.42.51, Daniel Page 423rd 00.44.11, Richard Hint 873rd 00.49.25, Ged Naylor 1061st 00.51.43, Paul Sadler 1244th 00.54.45, Steven Hattersely 1459 00.58.57.

The Road Runners had one loner runner taking on the tough Stamford 30km road race.

Wearing the club’s red colours, Debbie Leese recorded a personal best performance of 02.56.18.

Leese is running the London Marathon this year, and hoping to improve on last years’ time of 4hrs 28 mins.

The Road Runners, who celebrate their 30th anniversary this year, are back in action in the local cross country series on Sunday.

This week’s host club are Handsworth.