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European Clubs Cup Trials

- 16th Nov 2011

The Harriers men's England national winning cross country relays team will represent England clubs in the European Clubs Cup Trial a week on Saturday. The race which also doubles as the qualifier for this year's European Cross Country Championships being held in Slovenia in December.

The Harriers men face stiff opposition in a run off against representative teams from Scotland and Wales at Sefton Park Liverpool for a place at the European Clubs Cup final to be held in Spain on February 4th.

Swansea Harriers and Inverclyde will be representing the Welsh and Scottish clubs.

The team of six are Steven Vernon, Patrick Martin, Jack Martin Andrew Nixon, Alex O Gorman and James Scott-Buccleuch.

Some of the squad competed at the Manchester Cross Country league at Sherdley Park, St Helens on Sunday.

In bright but fairly muddy conditions National Cross Country champion Steve Vernon and Patrick Martin dominated proceedings for the Harriers from the start.

Both led from the gun early on stretching a huge gap on the rest of the field and by the finish both had a healthy lead on Simon Horsefield of East Cheshire.

Steve gradually getting away from his training partner making it an easy one-two for the Harriers. They were followed home by 1st Under-20 athlete Jack Morris in 7th place and James Scott-Buccleuch 10th.

Veteran winners included Rob Taylor (V60), Frank Riley (V65) and Chris Bryans (V70).

In the women's race Elle Baker strode home in first place on 21.59 and had a huge lead by the finish to second place Lucy O Gorman of Sale Harriers by over 1-36.

Elle was followed in by Harriers Carmen Byrne in 12th 26-46 and Jayne Lawton 29th on 28-24 and Helen Garner 29-31. Alexis Dinsmoor was first over-60.

There was another outstanding run from Ross Millington taking 3rd in the NCAA Mountain Region Cross Country Championship in Provo, Utah.

A week on Friday is the NCAA Cross Country Finals at The University of Notre Dame, Indiana. This race is on a level with the World Cross Championships regards quality and depth.