Grindleton girl wins County Cross Country Championships

Eve and Jack Hutchinson
Eve and Jack Hutchinson

GRINDLETON’S Eve Hutchinson won the Lancashire Athletic Association’s Under-11 Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Blackburn in convincing style.

And on a great day for the family, younger brother Jack also came away from the meeting with a silver medal.

Eve (10), representing Hyndburn Athletics Club, lined-up with 40 other Under-11 girls from across the county and beyond at Witton Park on a blustery day, with the ground wet and heavy going.

An excellent start to the 2km race put her in third place at the first corner.

She soon took the lead, and ran with confidence and intelligence, holding on to her lead for the rest of the race, ensuring she had sufficient in the tank for a strong finish to hold off the opposition despite a strong challenge from Hannah Eadie, of Blackpool Wyre and Fylde, down the final straight.

Eve finished the course eight seconds ahead of her nearest rival in a superb performance.

Jack (eight), also representing Hyndburn, was one of the younger competitors in the Under-11 boys’ race.

And by finishing 13th overall, and second in his team, he was rewarded with a silver medal along with his three team-mates, William Waller, Dylan Ross and Thomas Shorrock, to take the silver medal in the team event.

Jack has two more seasons in the Under-11 boys, so is hoping to move up the rankings in the coming years.

Eve and Jack are grateful to their coaches, Wayne Edmondson, Norman Mitchel and all the volunteering staff from Hyndburn Athletic Club, and Fergus Ogilvie from Giggleswick Junior School, for their dedication, advice and encouragement throughout the season.