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More Cross Country Excitement

and GB Selection for Charlotte!


Vale Royal had 11 athletes running in the UK Cross Challenge and trials for the European Championships at Sefton Park, Liverpool on Saturday.
Nicky Archer and Becky Ellis ran in the u23 race with Nicky up front with the leaders for most of the race. Becky finished a couple of minutes behind.
James Griffiths, Tom Heaword and Chris Perry ran in the u20 men's race.
Sophie Axford ran in the u17 girls race.
Lewis Healey and Josh Boyce ran in the u13 race and Lucy Wittick in the u15 girls race.
 
In the u20 selection race for the European Championships, Vale Royal had GB international Stevie Stockton and Charlotte Roach. The girls were up with the leaders for the first 1000 mtrs then Stevie who is just recovering from a swollen foot - got detached from the main group. Charlotte stayed with group and settled into third place with Jess Coulson (Stockport). Charlotte Purdue (Aldershot) meanwhile made herself a 50 mtr lead unaware of the drama behind her as Roach and Coulson ended up falling over one another as they rounded a sharp bend. Charlotte picked herself up and in spite of another fall in the massive field of one hundred runners finished in an amazing 3rd place.
 
As a result of her performance Charlotte has been selected for the GB team and now runs in the European Championships in Spain on the 9th of December in a team of only 6 athletes to represent Great Britain.
Full team details can be found on the UKA website (click here).