County Finals – Important Information
The County Finals were held on march 13th along with the first ever National Finals. All results are now available on this link
The curtains closed on the primary schools cross-country league in spectacular fashion over the weekend with four-time Olympian and 10,000 m European champion Jo Pavey in attendance to sign autographs and present a vast array of prizes at the end of the day.
The league is beyond doubt the biggest of its kind anywhere in the UK and Jo was quick to point out just how lucky our young runners are to have this opportunity.
The three events this year have attracted near-record all-time numbers only being surpassed by the post-Olympic bounce in 2012 which reflects nationally the growing interest in running and especially cross-country running at the younger age groups. Despite the deteriorating weather conditions there were almost identical numbers at each of the three matches which completely bucks the trend of the past so thank you to everyone who has supported us over the autumn it is greatly appreciated and we hope that you will be back next year! Of course the big attraction of the day was Jo Pavey who spent a good deal of the morning signing autographs and posing for photographs as well as showing her enthusiasm for the sport and interest in the young athletes by chatting to them and congratulating them on their performances no matter how modest they were. She was also keen to meet and thank the vast array of volunteers who help put on the events and was always keen to recognise the work that these invaluable people do, she commented “I am always really grateful to the volunteers that helped put on events in my junior years as without them I wouldn’t have had the opportunities to compete and progress”. The end of the day saw Jo, prior to her long trip back to Devon, handing out dozens of medals and trophies to the individual series winners and also to the schools. To commemorate the attendance of Jo Pavey the Leicestershire Running an Athletics Network ,who umbrella the organisation of the events, have made arrangements with the official photographer to provide all presentation photographs where Jo is included to be made available free of charge. Commenting at the end of a long cold day John Skevington added “I am so grateful to Jo for giving up her time and no doubt breaking into her Olympic trials preparations to attend our event, she was truly an inspiration to many of the aspiring young athletes that took part today and I am sure that the memories of meeting her will be treasured for a long while” .
John Skevington, Event Director
Timings for the event can be found in this special leaflet
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