Haynes and Clitheroe impress on national stage

Bucks Free Press: ATHLETES from WSEH, Speed Demons and BNU before their last ever training session at Handy Cross. The track will be demolished and replaced by a new track in Marlow this summer. ATHLETES from WSEH, Speed Demons and BNU before their last ever training session at Handy Cross. The track will be demolished and replaced by a new track in Marlow this summer.

MARYSE Haynes enjoyed a life-time best run at the English National Cross-Country Championship in Nottingham when she came home in sixth place.

More than 1,000 fans were at the U20s event, with Haynes emphatically drawing a line under the injury that sidelined her last summer with ther best ever run.

She improved from 15th in 2013 and was the first Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow AC runner home, although it wasn’t enough for a team medal as they lost out on a bronze by countback.

Alex Goodall came 29th in his last ever U20 race.

This weekend he and Haynes make their senior debuts for Bucks in an Inter-Counties meet in Birmingham.

Meanwhile, at the National Indoor Championships, Stephanie Clitheroe built on a string of personal bests with a great medal winning run in the U20 60m hurdles.

She equalled her pb of 8.68 seconds in her heat, before cutting it to 8.62 seconds in the final to take bronze.

After excelling in a final where the top five all set personal bests. Clitheroe is now in the running for an England call ahead of the Welsh International Meet this weekend.

But the most remarkable achievement of the weekend came from U17 athlete Ellie Bilsland in the 60m hurdles.

She came into the championships with a best of 9.23 seconds, but returned south after recording times of 8.89 seconds and 8.98 seconds.

That dropped her UK rankings from 23rd to seventh in her first year in the age group.

Meanwhile, an ill Olivia Caesar could only finish her 400m event in 57.07 seconds to bow out in the semi-finals, but her previous form has earned her an invite to the Welsh International.

Elsewhere, making a very good debut at a National Championship was U15 athlete Tia Richards.

She just missed out on a personal best in the 60m by six hundredths of a second to miss out on the final, while Steve O’Hara did set a new lifetime best in the U20 60m.

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