The National Cross Country Championship was held on Saturday at the Oakbank Racecourse, Adelaide.  While you might first think a cross country on a racecourse would be pretty easy but the word "brutal" used in the race articles by Athletics Australia tells another story.  Mud, sand and no relief was the common thread for the day.

Tom Linnet ran the U14 3km race and came in 17th of 88 starters and was the 5th Vic to finish which gained him a silver medal in the teams race.  Tom described it as the toughest race he had run in, and he was one of the earlier races.

Erin Marriner ran in the U15 4km event, in a combined race with the U16s.  Erin finished 22nd of 66 starters (U15s) and was the 4th Vic in her age group, taking a few scalps for her effort.  The girls also had to contend with being the last race of the day after nearly 1000 athletes had churned up the course.

Fantastic efforts by all and a long drive there and back for the families.

Time Athlete Competition Location Result Comments Event Date Age
U15 4km              
16:33 Erin Marriner Aus Champs U15 Oakbank Racecourse, Adelaide 22/66 8th Vic from 24 in the U15.U16s 27 August 2022 14
               
U14 3km              
10:35 Tom Linnett Aus Champs U14 Oakbank Racecourse, Adelaide 17/88 2nd in the Teams Event 27 August 2022 13