26.Apr.12 Jenny Nesbitt Finishes Second in the Virgin London Mini Marathon
Worcester AC’s Jenny Nesbitt made it onto the medal podium to receive her medal from Prince Harry by virtue of finishing runner up in the Women’s Under 17 race at the Virgin London Mini Marathon in a time of 16 minutes 30 seconds writes Tom McCook.
Jenny - who was crowned the McCain Cross Country Champion last month - was justifiably pleased with her performance having improved four places and 32 seconds compared with a year ago. The 17-year old A level student at Worcester Royal Grammar School who is coached by Dave Walker commented, “I finished sixth last year and I very much wanted to get into the Top Three in my final Mini Marathon.” She continued, “Jessica Judd who was attempting to win her fifth Mini Marathon title, and Alex Clay went off very quickly from the start whilst I ran with Amy Griffiths from Leicester. Alex, (who is the National Cross Country Champion) was about 70 metres ahead of me at one stage, but I felt really good and went past her about 600 metres from the finish. I am now very much looking forward to running 1500 metres on the track.”
Tamworth AC’s Ellis Cross, who is coached by Simon King and has won both the Staffordshire and Midland Cross Country Championships, finished ninth in the Boys' under 13 race in 15 mins 28 secs whilst Worcester AC’s Declan McManus finished twelfth in a time of 15:41. Coventry Godiva Harriers Michael McKeown, who is coached by father John, missed out a Top Ten finish in the Under 17 race by one place and the slender margin of just one second in a time of 15:01.
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