England Team impress in Granollers

A seven strong team of athletes represented England at the Granollers Half Marathon on Sunday 6 February.

The team, supported by Allison Benton and Jo Wilkinson, enjoyed warm, calm conditions on the challenging course just outside of Barcelona.

Naomi Mitchell (Reading AC, Nick Anderson) produced a fantastic performance on debut to claim a podium spot finishing 3rd in a new PB of 73:10. 4th place went to Lucy Reid (Tonbridge, Richard Owen) in a time of 73:48, beaten her time from 2020 which saw her claim 2nd spot. Chloe Richardson (Birchfield Harriers/RAF, Peter Stewart) was 5th in 75:20 only a few seconds outside her PB and Sophie Wood (Sale Harriers) completed an excellent team display to finish 6th in 76:25.

Olympian Ross Millington (Stockport, Steve Vernon) led the men finishing 4th in 65:04 with a controlled solo run. Norman Shreeve (Cambridge & Coleridge, Philip O’Dell) enjoyed his first senior England selection finishing 10th in 67:29. Manchester Marathon winner Matt Crehan (St Helen’s Sutton, Ben Bruce and Rory Linkletter) was another England debutant finishing 13th in 68:45.

Team Leader Allison Benton said

“It was a brilliant weekend in terms learning weekend for the athlete. The dynamic in the team was such that there was a constant exchange of ideas and experiences which was wonderful to see. The athletes were all very proud to be representing England and the race organisers loved having us there.”

runner at Granollers Half Marathon