County Cross Country Championships 2020: ‘Triathletes’

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Who had a muddy good run this past weekend?!

A new year and, in the UK at least, the first weekend of January typically means that it is County Cross Country Championships weekend.

With swim / bike / run racing – for the vast majority – several months away yet, it’s the season of back-to-basics running the fields, trails, rivers and mud of the domestic cross country season. No complex equipment, no bike boxes, no concerns about aerodynamics… just run (and leave your best clothes at home!).

As always, plenty of familiar names from the UK tri/du/aquathlon world racing for their local running clubs, with quite a few Gold, Silver and Bronze championship medals collected in the process. Now, with so many events taking place, lots of different categories, here is a start on the medal success of names that we have consistently seen performing well in the triathlon and duathlon world in recent years.

We know it is not complete which is where you come in!

*** If we’ve missed you, your club-mate or someone you know from this list of 2020 County Cross Country Championship medal winners / notable performances, then a) apologies, and b) please do let me know the details (County / Name / Position / Category) via editor@tri247.com, and I’ll get the details updated for you. **

Bedfordshire

  • Martin Beare – 1st, Men V55

Buckinghamshire

  • Rebecca Nkoane – 6th, Senior Women

Cambridgeshire

  • Nathan Tweedie – 2nd, Senior Men
  • Becky Hair – 3rd, Senior Women (4th overall) plus Team Gold

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Cambridgeshire county xc championships today! 3rd senior woman, 4th overall and team gold for C+C ladies! Now, I'm still going with the 'I'm not a xc runner' line. But I did have a bit more faith in myself today than I did last year. I feel fit, and despite having done no grass or hills sessions I was aiming for top 3 senior. So I'm dead chuffed. It's also lovely to get the team together, to have people shouting all round the course, and no matter what the results were we were always backing each other. That's what training in a team is all about. And I truly believe that c+c must have the best training group in the country. We are all good friends, we are all supportive, and we all get our training done together – no matter what the weather. And as a result, we smash it, we congratulate each other, and the positive vibes just keep on rolling. What's your team like? How do you keep yourselves motivated? And how are you coping over these dark and dreary winter nights?

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Derbyshire

  • Elle Twentyman – 1st, Senior Women
  • Thomas Bishop – 2nd, Senior Men
  • David Bishop, 10th, Senior Men

Essex

  • Rachel Wiseman – 4th, Senior Women

Gloucestershire

  • Ben Price – 2nd, Senior Men

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A monster hill (3 times), deep mud, technical wooded sections, steep descents, sun in the eyes and a fierce battle with James Denne (of Gloucester AC) for the Gloucestershire XC County title…. a fun filled comeback race! 😳 . Sadly, despite pushing myself to new prolonged heart rate highs he pipped me by 4 secs having opened a gap on the horrendous hill on the final lap (photo 3 doesn’t quite do the pain in my legs justice!). I went seriously deep and dragged it back along the top and on the descent but he was just too strong. Well done, James 💪! And well done too to my buddy James Bingham in 3rd who’s been ripping it up massively of late! . It was another great day out for the #cheltenhamharriers with an A team win and B team in 3rd overall. Although I didn’t win, I’m dead happy to have been in the mix for it in my first race back and am now massively pumped for the next few months leading into the duathlon season and a full tilt at the European and World Elite Middle Distance Champs in Alsdorf (April) and Viborg (May). Roll on the hard training and customary racing on fatigued legs 😬! . Train hard everyone and keep encouraging. Let’s do it! 👊👊 . #duathlontraining #crosscountryrunning #duathlete

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Hampshire

  • Andy Greenleaf – 3rd, Senior Men

Kent

  • Henrietta Tarasewicz – 4th, Senior Women

Leicestershire & Rutland

  • Nikki Bartlett – 3rd, Senior Women
  • Claire Shea-Simmonds – 5th, Senior Women
  • Christopher Perham – 4th, Senior Men

Norfolk

  • Billie-Jordan Butler – 4th, U13 Girls (Bronze team medal)

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Northampton

  • Fynn Batkin – 2nd, U20 Men
  • Skip Snelson – 2nd, U17 Men

Nottinghamshire

  • Jimmy Kershaw – 1st, Senior Men
  • Bruce Raeside – 3rd, Senior Men
  • Joe Skipper – 5th, Senior Men
  • Libby Coleman – 1st – U20 Women

Staffordshire

  • Ashley Hurdman – 5th, Senior Men

Surrey

  • Gary Laybourne – 8th, Senior Men

Sussex

  • Bethany Cook – 1st, U20 Women
  • Harry Leleu – 5th, Senior Men

Warwickshire

  • George Goodwin – 5th, Senior Men
  • Becky Payne – 4th, Senior Women
  • Megan McDonald – 6th, Senior Women

Yorkshire

  • Bronwen Owen – 1st, Senior Women
  • Mark Buckingham – 3rd, Senior Men
  • Gordon Benson – 11th, Senior Men