Claire was 5th
in the Junior Women's race at the English National
The Junior Women’s race will feature Laura
Kenney (Loughborough Students) who was part of the Gold medal winning
GB Junior Team at last year’s European Cross Country Championships and
Claire Holme (Ipswich Harriers), who was a member of the Norwich Union GB
Junior Team at this year’s World Cross Country Championships.
Holme won the Under 20s race at the Reebok Cross Challenge race in
University student Claire Holme (Ipswich Harriers), who represented the
Norwich Union GB Team at this year’s World Cross Country Championships,
was the winner of the combined Under 20/Under 17 race in which the Under
17s showed that they could mix it with the athletes in the older age
group, filling three of the top six places.
20 Holme, who during the race had built up a 50m lead at one point, came
home in 17:50 just three seconds ahead of fast finishing Under 17 Sian
Edwards (Kettering Town Harriers).
said: “That was
tough. It was so muddy I kept slipping backwards. It is my
first race of the season so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I enjoyed
could hear everyone shouting so I knew that I was being caught at the end.
I just tried to keep pushing. I plan to run in the Cross Country
Relays in Mansfield next week and then train hard and ease up before the
Holme was the first Under 20 and second overall in the combined under 20 and under 17s race at at the Reebok Cross
Challenge race at Parliament Hills, London.
Pidgeon won the joint
races in devastating style for the
second year running. Emily was awarded
with just the under 17 title, despite the fact that she was running in a
Junior Women's number and was bitterly disappointed not to have her
victory properly recognised.
Holme (Ipswich) was awarded the junior title despite finishing five
seconds behind Pidgeon. Although she admits she prefers hills the
Birmingham University physiotherapy student said she found parts of the
course difficult to run over because her back was pulling as she ran down
some of the slopes.
Holme continued her great start to the cross country season with a victory
in the junior women's race at the Reebok Challenge at Parliament Hill on
20th November. The traditional uphill start had been removed so that the
course was a more accurate reflection of the one to be used for the
European Championships that this was also a qualifier for. There was still
plenty of the familiar mud though. Claire now goes on to represent Great
Britain in Heringsdorf, Germany on 11th December.
11 December, European XC, Heringsdorf, Germany
||Claire ran at the Iris Lotto Crosscup in Brussels on 19th
December. She won the Junior woman's race.
Manchester: Claire was 9th in the Women's 5000m A race in a time of
was 4th in the senior women's 6km race in Cardiff.
Emily Pidgeon (Gloucester AC) broke away from English National
Cross Country Bronze medallist Hattie Dean (Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield
just after halfway and won in 19:46. Dean was second in 19:54 with
Challenge Series leader Kate Ramsey (Charnwood AC) third in 20:09; recent
Norwich Union GB Junior international Claire Holme (Ipswich) fourth in
20:14; Norwich Union GB Under 23 international Laura Kenney (Royal Sutton
Coldfield) fifth in 20:21; veteran Wendy Jones (Cirencester) sixth in
20:29; six-times Welsh long course Champion Catherine Dugdale (Swansea)
seventh in 20:47; Gemma Turtle (Shaftesbury Barnet) eighth in 20:50 with a
positive run on her move out of the Junior ranks; Clare Martin (Wells
City) ninth in 21:31; and Courtney Birch (Oxford University) tenth in