Ni­cholls makes his mark

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Max Ni­cholls was run­ner-up in the 7.5k race at the IAAF World Moun­tain Run­ning Cham­pi­onships at Sed­bergh in Cum­bria last week­end. The Ash­ford AC young­ster took the lead early on and ran along­side even­tual win­ner An­drew Lawlor from Edinburgh at one stage, be­fore fin­ish­ing with a pow­er­ful run up the fi­nal as­cent to fin­ish in 36 min­utes 50 sec­onds. The course took the run­ners up a 700m climb to Howgills Fells, sit­u­ated be­tween the Lake District and the York­shire Dales. Ni­cholls’ per­for­mance was timely as he hopes to win a place in the Great Bri­tain squad for the World Cham­pi­onships in Tus­cany next month. The Cum­bria event also dou­bled as tri­als. He pre­pared with up­hill tread­mill ses­sions at the Stour Cen­tre, which acted as a sub­sti­tute for the flat ar­eas around his Rom­ney Marsh home.

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