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Friday, February 15, 2013
SCHOOLGIRL Hannah Irwin braved the wind and rain as she put in an excellent performance at the Essex Cross Country Schools Championships in Basildon.
Already the Friends’ School pupil has made a promising start in her county bid, coming seventh out of 80-plus competitors in the Essex U15 Cross Country event - this was, however, an even greater challenge as she was competing in the Year 10 and 11. Being only 14, Irwin was facing some very experienced older runners.
But the talented youngster placed herself in the lead pack and with great determination followed the plan to the letter. The course was totally water-logged but this did not put off some very talented youngsters.
In a fantastic 150 metre sprint to the line, Irwin was still strong and passing other competitors, achieving ninth in a massive field. The result means she is first reserve for the Essex team that goes to Derbyshire for the nationals in March. She also achieved first place from the north-west Essex team.
Her coach, Clare Thompson, was delighted with the youngster’s performance.
“Coaches dream of helping an athlete who shows commitment, nerve and can still smile. Hannah is all of these and coaching her is certainly a very rewarding pleasure.
“It was a hugely proud moment seeing Hannah in this race when so much was at stake. Perhaps what always makes these runs so special is that Hannah is always so gracious with the success.”