Grantham athletes perform well at Louth cross country

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A NUMBER of Grantham athletes competed in the Louth Cross Country Open last Sunday.

The always challenging hilly Wolds countryside course lived up to expectations.

William Tucker started the Grantham success, having moved up to under-13 competition for the first time, he came home to take third place over the 3.3km course.

Next to represent Grantham was Jake Hornby in the under-17 men’s race. After a great season on the track, Jake was hoping to continue this into the cross country season. He led the race from the start to finish well clear of the rest of the field.

Mark Tucker and Mark Gray took on the gruelling 9.7km course in the veterman men category. Mark Gray finished 21st, with Mark Tucker two places further back.

Naomi Collier and Sophia Tucker took part in the 6.1km junior ladies’ race. Naomi pushed out from the start to take on the lead whilst Sophia battled with three other athletes for third position. Naomi continued to set the pace and went on to win, whilst in the last kilometre, Sophia broke away to secure a deserved third place, ending a successful day for Grantham Athletic Club.

Results: U13 Boys - 3 William Tucker 12.33; U17 Men - 1 Jake Hornby 19.59; Junior Ladies - 1 Naomi Collier 31.56, 3 Sophia Tucker 33.21; Vet Men - 21 Mark Gray 45.05, 23 Mark Tucker 45.42.