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Four Harriers were competing against the best in the country on Sat at the National Cross Country Championships at Roundhay Park, Leeds.  Over a tough course, Keziah Paxton did well to finish 49th in the under 17 women’s event, and Hester Cox came a very good 279th out of 543 runners in the senior women’s race.  This event was won by Olympic hopeful Stephanie Twell in a time of 27.52.  More than 1400 men competed in the senior event, which was won by Andy Vernon of Aldershot and Farnham in 38.01, and Phil Utley finished a very creditable 761st in 52.31.  65 year old Ernie Huck was 1369th in 67.17 in a race he found hard.While 21 members were competing in the mud at Commondale in the first club championship race of the season,  results next week, Gary Dunn was the club’s sole representative in the Snake Lane 10 at Pocklington in very windy conditions, but no mud to contend with.  Gary finished a very good 2nd in 53.39 behind another international runner, Stephen Hepples of Newham and Essex Beagles who took 53 minutes.  Gary pipped the 3rd runner by a mere 5 seconds and feels he is getting well back into running mode, with his main target being the Edinburgh Marathon in May.


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