13th January 2013
Fionnuala Britton continued her fine form with a first place at the McCain Antrim Cross Challenge yesterday. Britton, who successfully defended her European Cross Country title in Budapest last month, gradually increased her advantage and cruised to victory in a time of 18:17, 12 seconds in front of Winchester’s Louise Damen (coach: self) with Kenyan Magdalyne Masai finishing third in 18:45.
Other leading Freya Ross (Steve Jones) (18:57) and Steph Twell (Mick Woods) (18:58) finished in sixth and seventh place respectively.
10,000m Olympic finalist Thomas Akeyo took the victory in the men’s race clocking a time of 33:08, with Andy Vernon (Nic Bideau) (33:59), who finished third at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country last weekend, closing strongly to finish as the leading British athlete in third. Frank Tickner (Clive Thomas) (34:13), Stephen Scullion (34:52) and Matt Bowser (Mark Baddeley) (34:56) were next to follow Vernon.
Vernon said: "I felt really good today; I couldn’t have gone any faster. In my current form I could have made a top 5 finish in the Europeans last month."
Rebecca Straw (Bud Baldaro) raced just clear of Elizabeth Bird (George Harrison) to take victory in 12:43 in the 3.6km junior women's race whilst James McMurray (Deborah Steer) edged ahead of William Paulson (Christopher Frapwell) and Aron Hanlon in the junior men's 5.6km race.
The top 10 in the senior women's and senior men's race are below:
Fionnuala Britton 18:17
Louise Damen (self) 18:29
Magdalyne Masai 18:45
Linda Byrne 18:48
Eunice Kales 18:57
Freya Ross (Steve Jones) 18:57
Steph Twell (Mick Woods) 18:58
Beth Potter (Mick Woods) 18:59
Stevie Stockton (George Gandy) 19:28
Elspeth Curran (Lawrie Spence) 19:35
Thomas Ayeko 33:08
David Bett 33:45
Andy Vernon (Nic Bideau) 33:59
Frank Tickner (Clive Thomas) 34:13
Stephen Scullion 34:52
Matthew Bowser (Mark Baddeley) 34:56
Scott Bauhs 34:59
Bernard Rotich 35:21
Eddie McGinley 35:25
Joseph Birech 35:32
For full results, visit http://www.athleticsni.org/Results/Antrim-IAAF-Cross-Country