If you’re a student and run really well in the county championships and then do equally well in the districts you can earn the “joy” of competing in the National X-Country
Championship Race.

And so it was that on the 16th March, Addy discarded her Hotfooters vest and joined the Hereford and Worcestershire Senior Girls Team for 4.1KM in the historic landscaped estate of Temple Newsam Park, near Leeds.

For an off road race it was very spectator friendly with the organisers managing to pack 6 hard climbs into the route. In addition to this there was mud, wind and rain plus some extremely competitive athletes who train specifically over this distance. With 45 counties each sending their best athletes it certainly was an extensive and talented field.

The winner crossed the finishing line in a stunning time of less than 15 minutes. For her first time of running in this age category Addy was very pleased to beat nearly a hundred of her fellow competitors.